Shelagh has worked as Program Director for the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) since 1992. She thoroughly enjoys the everyday challenges and rewards of her job, which involves communications, program management, government relations and working with member humane societies.
Shelagh has led the CFHS’ charge on amendments to the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code for the past six years, becoming somewhat of an expert on the legal intricacies of the amendments. Despite overwhelming public support for the government’s bill, it has not yet been able to get through the Canadian parliamentary system.
Shelagh represents the CFHS on the Animal Welfare Committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the National Farm Animal Care Council and the National Companion Animal Coalition. These diverse groups require knowledge of companion animals, farm animals, animals used in research and sometimes wildlife.
Shelagh has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph. She began her career in sports administration, doing marketing and communications for the national cross country ski team for 7 years. Just prior to joining the Federation, she worked for one year at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in Ottawa.
Shelagh shares her life with Spirit, a five-year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and Buddy, a big 16-year old tabby cat that came from the Ottawa Humane Society when he was 4 ½. She has been involved in competitive dog obedience for 15 years and greatly enjoys the bond and teamwork that this sport requires. Shelagh is also an avid runner and cross country skier.