Pet Access League Society
3019-21 Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 7T1
Ph. 403-250-PALS (7257) Fax: 403-250-9273
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm (Please call first on Friday as Diana works alone that day and she often has meetings out of the office)
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Charitable Registration # 10781-1879-RR0001
PALS Team Members
Diana Segboer - Executive Director
Diana brings a wealth of experience from the non-profit world, having been the Executive Director of Inn from the Cold from 2004 through 2009. It was only after her arrival that Inn from the Cold really took off and became the amazing refuge for the homeless that it is today. While she was there, she took a small three person staff to a 40-plus person office and also headed up a major capital fundraising project that enabled the organization to buy its own (current) building. She has also served as an Executive Director with a local Wildlife Foundation and as a Program Director for Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch, a recreational facility whose mandate is to provide a free outdoor recreational experience for children with life challenges. Diana is an animal lover extraordinaire (she does fostering for a local rescue organization and has her own in-house pets), and is an extremely strong advocate in the value of animal use for therapeutic purposes; hence a perfect fit for PALS and our programs.
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Linda Street – Volunteer Coordinator, Special Visits and Enrolment
I came into the PALS program in 2005 and have been visiting at Carewest George Boyack ever since and have been team lead since 2009.
I became Joans assistant at the evaluations in 2008 and loved getting more involved in the program. When the opportunity came in January of this year to come into the office on a part time basis, I threw off my Retirement hat and donned the PALS hat and boy oh boy, did I get my eyes opened quickly!!! From learning what goes on behind the scenes, Diana and Joan do not get nearly the credit they deserve!
I am enjoying my job so much, getting to know more of the volunteers and being in contact with the new people and pets coming into the program.
Hope to meet you all face to face one day!
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Tanya Greffard - Operations Manager
Tanya originally joined PALS in the fall of 2013 as a Volunteer, with her dog Cooper, placed at the Rockyview Hospital. In the fall of 2016 she joined our team as our Operations Manager.
She brings 30 years of Customer Service, Sales and Marketing experience to our team. Tanya spent 15 years in the Oil & Gas sector and is the Co-founder/Director of Sales & Marketing at Global Health Shift, a concierge Medical Tourism company.
Tanya has been a volunteer with the Kinette Club of Calgary since spring of 2014, recently also joining the volunteer team at NICU Family Care.
Tanya adopted Smith in 2017, whom she lovingly refers to as her terrorist, hoping he become a PALS pet one day! She a huge lover of animals, often having to remind herself to stop hugging all the dogs!
“I can’t tell you how much I whole-heartedly believe in what PALS does! I’ve seen first hand the miracle of pet therapy, in a multitude of situations. I absolutely love my job at PALS and am so proud to be a part of this organization.”
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2018 Board of Directors
Holly Yaschuk, President is originally from Saskatchewan and works as a Project Manager in the energy industry. A ten-year plus volunteer, she visits with the loves of her life, dogs Chaser and Ruby. Chaser just celebrated his ten-year anniversary – what an accomplishment for one of our longest-serving furry volunteers! She has been a PALS team lead and Board of Directors member for over six years. Holly loves giving back by volunteering in many community activities. Contact the board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Witczak, Vice President is originally from Ontario but has lived in Calgary for the past three years, currently working at the Mount Royal University library and studying part-time. Wendy began volunteering for PALS with her adopted dog Charlie in January 2014 and has previous volunteer experience that includes several animal organizations and time on the executive boards of the Alberta Association of Library Technicians and Ontario Association of Library Technicians/Association des bibliotechniciens de l'Ontario. In Wendy's spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, time at the off-leash park with Charlie and reading.
Dr. Wanda Vockeroth, Veterinary Director graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. She worked in clinics in Grande Prairie, Alberta and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba before settling in Calgary. She continues to practice conventional veterinary medicine at the Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and employs complementary and non-invasive therapies wherever possible. Dr. Wanda continues to provide guidance to our bi-annual PALS evaluations and pet health policies.
Lee Sudrich, Secretary was born and raised in Calgary (one of the few!). A library technician who works maintaining a law library, she discovered PALS at the Art Market and vowed that when she got a dog, they would volunteer together at PALS. Eventually, a labradoodle named Kona came into her life and they visited from 2008 until 2015. Lee joined the PALS Board in 2010 and has been in her current role as Secretary since 2013. Her other passion - besides dogs - is gardening.
Jill Chambers, Treasurer relocated to Calgary from Winnipeg in March of 2011. She has had a varied career as a nurse and currently works as a financial advisor. In December 2012 she adopted Molly, a Boston Terrier, from Calgary Animal Services. Jill and Molly visited at the Glenmore Care West facility for several years (until Molly became too bossy with the other visiting pets!) Jill attended her first Annual General Meeting in April 2013 and has been a board member ever since, continuing the love of volunteering she has had since childhood. In her free time she enjoys travel, golf and visiting family in Winnipeg.
Ericka Belleth, Director at Large works in communications and stakeholder engagement. Ericka and her dog, Jelly Bean, have been volunteering with PALS since 2009; Ericka joined the PALS Board in 2015. In addition to PALS, Ericka volunteers for a number of other charitable organizations including the Fig Tree Foundation and Making Changes. When she isn’t working or volunteering, Ericka can be found in the gym, on a spin bike, enjoying the outdoors, travelling, or cooking.
Jennifer James, Director at Large is a born and raised Albertan who has also lived in Vancouver, BC and London, England. While living in the UK Jennifer became interested in PAT (Pets as Therapy). Seeking out a similar opportunity upon returning to Calgary, she began volunteering for PALS with her two previous dogs in 2004. She currently volunteers with Tully at the airport and Wooly at South Health Campus (and both at special visits). Jennifer works for a Lottery Sign manufacturing company as a Sales Coordinator and spends her spare time walking with her husband and the dogs, travelling, fishing, reading and learning all she can about wine.
Deb Dux, Director at Large is a born and raised Calgarian. She works in the Oil & Gas industry as an Accountant. Deb also has expertise developed over the years in organizing a variety of events both small to large groups, from corporate functions to reunions. She enjoys taking her Wheaton Terrier on walks, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Dan Lombardi, Director at Large is originally from Ontario. Dan moved to Calgary in 2015 and has fallen in love with the city and province. Dan is a Certified Fundraising Executive currently working for the Calgary Public Library Foundation raising money to support collections, programs and services across the city. Although sadly without any pets at the moment, Dan enjoys his time volunteering for PALS as his own form of pet therapy. In the past he has been the proud owner of a German Shepard, Shetland Sheepdog, hamster, fish and a cat (not all at the same time, of course!).
Shona Mackenzie, Director at Large is managed by her twin toddlers and her Alaskan Malamute. In her “spare time” she runs a petroleum engineering consultancy that provides strategic and technical advice to energy companies. She is actively pursuing her Chartered Director’s designation through The Directors College educational program.
Allyson Kenny, Director at Large originally hails from Ontario but moved west to work in communications and engagement for the Alzheimer Society of Calgary. Prior to settling in Alberta she lived in Australia, where she completed a Master's degree in Public Relations focused on the non-profit sector and corporate community investment. Having experienced the therapeutic effects of animals firsthand, she is passionate about helping PALS bring the benefits of animal therapy to those whom need it most. Aside from spending time with her own ‘furbabies’ she enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking in the Rockies.
Janet Cameron, Director at Largeworks leading large, complex IT programs, is a certified life coach and also holds a degree in psychology. She loves working with people and finding strategies to help others realize their full potential. She has been involved in equestrian activities for many years and can’t imagine living live without pets, of which she has had many (dogs, cats, and assorted rodents) throughout her life. Janet believes that PALS programs and the animals involved bring an incredibly positive influence to those who otherwise might not have access to pets.
Lydija Dahl, Associate Director provides senior financial, risk and audit expertise and has worked with a variety of businesses, government and charitable organizations. Her diverse industry experience includes utilities, oil and gas, insurance, government, not-for-profit, construction, real estate and hospitality. Lydija has the ability to understand situations quickly and effectively lead organizations to achieve their corporate objectives in audit, finance and risk reduction.