Posts Tagged 'Faces of Change'

Trow’s job

Profile of new THS board president Michael Downey.

He had beaten the cancer that could have killed him. He wanted to help a dear charity. So Michael Downey, chief executive of Tennis Canada and the owner of a dog, a parakeet and a gecko, approached Toronto Humane Society president Tim Trow about joining the board.

Trow told him there were “no vacancies.”

Now Downey has Trow’s job — and responsibility for overseeing the cleanup of the mess Trow left in his wake.


Faces of Change sweep THS election.

“A lot of people worked very hard to bring about change at the Toronto Humane Society and it’s just so exciting to know that the change that we have all been fighting for is very soon going to be the reality,” Laking said Sunday.

In a clear repudiation of past leadership, humane society members elected a new board of directors Sunday made up entirely of the organization’s most outspoken critics.

New alliance

Development in upcoming THS board election.

Now two of the slates — Representing Animals in Need and Faces of Change — have joined forces in an attempt to consolidate their vote and keep the third group from being elected.

Save the THS — according to their opponents — is connected to the former leadership of the humane society.

The groups that have combined “have very similar passions,” said candidate Marcie Laking. “Our heart and souls have been in it and we thought it made perfect sense to fight together.”

Laking says the former leadership at the THS “can’t be running the animal shelter. They’ve proven they can’t handle it. Everything has to change.”



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