Kitchener Rotary e-Newsletter
January 23, 2023

Meeting Recording

This was an off-site, in-person meeting and no recording is available.

Visiting Rotarians

Michelle Gardiner, member of Kitchener Westmount Rotary and guest of Louise Gardiner
Graham Gardiner, member of Kitchener Westmount Rotary and guest of Louise Gardiner


Serena Gillespie, our new outbound exchange student and her mother Emily.
Cathie DeCoo, guest of Adrian DeCoo
Sharon MacDonald, guest of Ailton Santana
Judy Proctor, guest of Bill Proctor

Special Recognitions / Presentations

We were very pleased to induct a new member into the club this evening – Sharon MacDonald, wife of member Ailton Santana, as an Alternate Family Member.

Program Highlights

Our meeting today was an off-site event at the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth in Waterloo.  The evening began with a presentation by Nick Burke, the Director of Development, introduced by his mother-in-law Louise Gardiner
Nick Burke is the Director of Development for the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth, where he has held the role for the last 3.5 years. He has spent time in advertising sales with Bell Media and in event operations & business development with the LPGA Tour. His experience and knowledge in business development and relationship building has helped lead the humane society to successfully hitting fundraising targets during his time here, including the COVID years. He also adopted his dog Fitz from the Kitchener centre. His wife, Michelle, is a member of the Kitchener-Westmount Rotary Club and he often volunteers for local club activities.
The Strategic Priorities for the organization are:
P – Promote Human Animal Bonds
E – Engage and Innovate
T – Tell Stories to Raise Awareness
S – Enhance Organization Sustainability
They provide a wide range of services including:
Veterinary Services
  • Spaying / Neutering
  • Microchipping
  • Rabies Vaccinations
  • TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release of feral cats))
  • Community Outreach
An example of the kind of innovative community outreach they do is that they now have staff visit homeless encampments and areas like the Better Tent City to provide free services and care for the animals.  They understand how important human animals bonds can be for these people and are working hard to develop trust in these marginalized communities.
Community Services
  • Animal Control
  • By Law Services
  • Emergency Boarding
  • Emergency Food Bank
Emergency services are provided in situations such as when there has been a house fire and the family has to relocate temporarily, boarding and/or food supplies are provided free of charge.
Volunteer Services
  • Dog Walking
  • Animal Care
  • Special Events
  • Fostering
Events and Programs
  • Bake for the Animals
  • Dash and Splash
  • Paws for Laughs
  • Summer Camps
  • Vets in Training
  • And Many More
Some interesting and telling statistics from 2022
  • 322 Active Volunteers
  • 2,193 Wildlife Calls
  • 2,204 Animals Helped
  • 820 Families Helped
  • 750 Dogs seen
  • 1,499 Cats seen
  • 2,544 Total domestic animals seen
  • 1,195 Surgeries on own animals
  • 847 Surgeries on animals from other organizations
  • 153 Surgeries on outreach animals
  • 639 Surgeries on TNR animals
  • 5,362 Total surgeries (up from 624 in 2021)
Their annual total spending is about $5,000,000 and all of the funding they receive is from organizations and community donations.
Ways to help
  • Foster Animals
  • Donate – Funds / Supplies
  • Support – Spread Awareness / Attend Events
Nick’s presentation was followed by a tour of the facility including many of the treatment and boarding areas not normally open to the public.

Closing Remarks & Reminders

Upcoming meeting dates are listed below.
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 02, 2023 9:00 AM
Pre-Registration Required
Feb 06, 2023 12:00 PM
Feb 13, 2023 12:00 PM
Committee Updates by President Adrian
Feb 20, 2023
Committee Meetings to be Scheduled by Committee Chairs
Feb 27, 2023 6:00 PM
Arts Build Ontario Tour - 44 Gaukel Street followed by dinner at 271West
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Birthdays & Membership Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robert Bullas
January 2
Karen Redman
January 8
Paul Rostrup
January 8
Bill Proctor
January 9
Erin Way
January 20
John English
January 26
Join Date
Al Way
January 1, 1991
32 years
Cam Yule
January 1, 1992
31 years
Carl Zehr
January 1, 1975
48 years
Carol Wiebe
January 1, 1995
28 years
Dave Smith
January 1, 1977
46 years
Ed Fowler
January 1, 1996
27 years
Jack Ball
January 1, 1962
61 years
Karen Redman
January 1, 1999
24 years
Pete Gray
January 1, 1997
26 years
Ross Newkirk
January 1, 1990
33 years
Shawky Fahel
January 1, 1987
36 years
Vic Folliott
January 1, 2010
13 years
Fauzia Mazhar
January 4, 2022
1 year
Josh Bedard
January 4, 2022
1 year
John English
January 31, 2002
21 years