Empowering change: Trauma-informed leadership in the animal service sector

How animal service leaders can improve outcomes with trauma-informed care

Join the Vancouver Humane on Wednesday, November 22nd at 9:00 am PDT for an enlightening 60-minute webinar on trauma-informed leadership in animal services organizations.

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Who should join?

Anyone who would like to learn about the role of animal service leadership in introducing a trauma-informed approach in their organization is welcome to attend! This webinar is designed for all board members in animal services including:

  • Humane societies;
  • Shelters;
  • Rescues; and
  • Other nonprofits.

Free webinar by the Vancouver Humane Society: Watch the replay

Find out how board members can integrate trauma-informed care in animal services…

During this conversation, panelists will share their experiences and insights, shedding light on the ways leaders can integrate trauma-informed care into their organizations to positively impact the animals they serve, the well-being of the people who care for them, and the staff who interact with both animals and clients. Panelists will explore topics including:

  • How can a board ensure that trauma-informed principles are integrated into the organization’s governance structure and decision-making processes?  
  • What steps can an organization take to ensure that trauma-informed care is integrated into the organization’s mission, values, and long-term strategic planning?  
  • How can an organization approach decision-making to ensure that it is inclusive, equitable, and reflective of diverse experiences and needs?
  • How does your organization prioritize staff mental health? 
  • What is your approach to HR from a trauma-informed lens? 
  • What measures has your organization taken to promote equity within its leadership and governance structures?  

Attendees who stay until the end will be entered in a draw for a $100 donation to their organization.

Meet the panelists

Amy Morris

Executive Director, Vancouver Humane Society

Amy (she/her) is settler of Slovakian, Dutch, German and British ancestry. Amy resides and recreates on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh, & sel̓íl̓witulh Nations, currently known as Vancouver and Squamish. Amy joined VHS in early 2020. Amy volunteers as the President of the Board of Directors for the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University with a thesis focused on regulating dog breeding to improve well-being and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Concordia University with a specialization in Business. Amy has wide experience in the animal protection movement, campaigning for policy changes at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to curtail animal exploitation. Amy shares her life with Clover, a collie mix who guides their day to day adventures.

Danielle George

Director, Vancouver Humane Society

Danielle George (she/her) is originally from Kansas, USA and is a recent immigrant to Canada, though she fell in love with the PNW years ago. She’s got a degree in sociology with an emphasis on human sexuality and has been working with people in a wide variety of fields from door-to-door campaigning to leading studies exploring sexual behaviours to working at shelters at the DTES. Some of her favourite work involves breaking down systems and helping people digest them from different perspectives so each aspect can be really evaluated on if it’s serving the intended purpose, if not, what supports are needed to get it there, or asking if it is the system or the goals themselves that need restructuring. Danielle has been passionate about creating and finding community in Vancouver, especially within Black & mixed race, Queer, fat-positive, and liberation-focused spaces.