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Meet the Board of Directors, staff, and advisory committee for Veterinarians Without Borders

Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) has benefitted from the leadership of many skilled and dedicated people. Our Board of Directors, paid staff, and Advisory committee come to us from a number of backgrounds including veterinary medicine, animal science, agriculture and agribusiness, international development, and more. 

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Advisory Council

Brian G. Bedard, Executive Director, Science and Education Foundation, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Theresa Bernardo, IDEXX Chair in Emerging Technologies and Bond-Centred Animal Healthcare, Univeristy of Guelph

Jeff Davidson, Professor, Department of Health Management (Aquaculture, Ecohealth, Curriculum, Development) University of Prince Edward Island

Hazel Dickie, Former Treasurer, VWB-VSF Canada

Jack Gewarter, Retired Veterinarian, Former Director, VWB/VSF Canada

Ralph Goldman, NY-Based Practitioner - International Project Development Expertise

Scarlett Magda,  Founder and President of Veterinarians International, Former Director, VWB/VSF Canada

John McDermott, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington

Chas Povey, Board Chair, Lifelearn Inc.

Senani Ratnayake, Owner, Motivatum Consulting

Barry Stemshorn, Independent Environmental Services Professional, Former Director, VWB/VSF Canada

Enid Stiles, Private Veterinarian, Sherwood Park Animal Hospital, Montreal, Past President, VWB/VSF-Canada

Roger Thomson, Private Veterinarian, Former Director, VWB/VSF-Canada

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Board of Directors

Pete Mosney #1

Pete Mosney

Board Vice-Chair

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Thea Sommerdyk #1

Thea Sommerdyk

Board Member

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Jolene Giacinti #1

Jolene Giacinti

Board Member

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Anna Mackay #1

Anna Mackay

Board Member

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Dale Smith #1

Dale Smith

Board Member

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Our Team

Charmaine Brett #1

Charmaine Brett

Executive Director

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Kristen Rodrigues #1

Kristen Rodrigues

Program Director

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Oksana Brezden #1

Oksana Brezden

Finance & Administration Officer

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Thomas Coldwell #1

Thomas Coldwell

Program Officer

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Brian Malcolm #1

Brian Malcolm

Africa Program Manager

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Katherine Clark #1

Katherine Clark

Asia Program Manager

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Marieke Van Der Velden #1

Marieke Van Der Velden

Northern Canada Program Manager

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Michelle Tuma #1

Michelle Tuma

Northern Canada Liaison

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Charly Jarrett #1

Charly Jarrett

Digital Specialist|Vets without Borders

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Marc Antoine Adam #1

Marc Antoine Adam

Resource Development and Stewardship Manager|Vets without Borders

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Vanessa Lee #1

Vanessa Lee

Resource Development and Stewardship Manager|Vets without Borders

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Stories From Around The World

Veterinarians Without Borders Canada deploys help to Romania near Ukraine Border

Veterinarians Without Borders Canada deploys help to Romania near Ukraine Border

Dr. Janet Davis, DVM fills a room with kindness during her time in Romania. “This tiny, emaciated kitten just arrived at the clinic. Nursing such a tiny baby back from the brink of death, it’s something that never gets old."

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Leaving No Woman Behind

Leaving No Woman Behind

To ensure ‘No woman is left behind’, the VWB VETS project has given specific focus to equipping women with skills and knowledge on improved dairy farm management.

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Youth Empowerment in Dairy Farming

Youth Empowerment in Dairy Farming

Meaningful youth engagement in agriculture is key to the improvement of the social wellbeing of communities as it plays a critical role in enhancing food security.

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  • I have seen first-hand the benefits of capacity building and gender empowerment for smallholder livestock farmers, and stakeholders in the livestock sector.
    - Dr. Shauna Richards

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