2023 Impact Report – Board Chair’s Welcome

It hardly seems like a year has transpired since I last prepared my annual report remarks. Many of the challenges and headwinds we faced last year have persisted throughout 2023, along with a few new challenges to keep us on our toes.

As with previous years, our dedicated team of volunteers and staff rose to the challenges and guided us successfully through the year. We did experience a very significant change in our most senior staff role. Late in 2023 Sonya Reichel, our Executive Director at the time, decided to pursue her aspirations on a larger stage and left the GTHS for a senior position at the OSPCA. Sonya served the GTHS for 11 years, 10 of which were in the position of Executive Director. Sonya accomplished much during her tenure with the GTHS, and we wish Sonya all the best in her new role.

Replacing the most senior management position is one of the most crucial roles of the Board of Directors. Along with tremendous support from our Human Resource team, the Board undertook a thorough and rigorous search for a new Executive Director. Our search focused on both internal and external candidates, with more than 150 applications received.

At the end of the process, we were delighted and confident in appointing Karen Marsh to the position of Executive Director. Karen has been with the GTHS for seven years and has served as the interim Executive Director during the time gap between Sonya’s departure and Karen’s appointment. I’m confident you will all join me in supporting Karen as our new Executive Director.

Despite the major change I am pleased to confirm that our strategic directions are not changing. Our focus on developing the Regional Center for Pets and People does not change and our commitment to serve the ever-increasing needs of our communities does not change. We have a wonderful team of committed volunteers and staff and I have every confidence we will continue to grow and make a meaningful impact on our communities’ needs.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have been GTHS supporters in one way or another. Our organization does not have the community impact it has without you.

I would also like to acknowledge the support provided by our volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board is totally committed to the well-being of the GTHS both for today and tomorrow.

It has been my pleasure to serve, along with others, in pursuing the dreams and aspirations of the GTHS and the impact and well-being it has in our communities.

David Garner
GTHS Board Chair

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