Board of Directors

Volunteering to serve on the Oakville & Milton Humane Society Board of Directors: Is it for me?

About OMHS

A registered charity, the OMHS relies on the support of the community to care for, shelter and find loving forever homes for homeless and forgotten pets; to investigate and prosecute animal abuse, cruelty and neglect; bring the unconditional love of a pet to long term care facilities with pet visitation; build a more humane society through humane education and act as a resource to the community in strengthening the human/animal bond. For more information refer to

What is the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is the governance body of the Oakville & Milton Humane Society (OMHS). On behalf of the community, the board provides the strategic direction, resources, and high-level oversight for the organization to be successful in achieving its vision and mission.

Who serves on the OMHS Board?

Board members come from all walks of life. They share a commitment to the OMHS and the animals in our care and have skills that are required by the Board.

Ideal candidates would have:

  • Senior management and governance experience
  • Strategy and policy development experience
  • Previous charity or not for profit board or committee experience
  • Strong ties to the Oakville and Milton communities
  • Willing to be an Ambassador or Advocate of the organization to assist in raising profile and funds
  • A strategic and open mindset coupled with a sense of urgency to get things done
  • Team-player with ability to participate & contribute in a variety of different initiatives


  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Able to work with others in an effective and respectful manner
  • Able to communicate effectively, leading informed discussions with the Board
  • Philanthropy and fund-raising knowledge considered an asset

 Ideal Professional backgrounds include:

  • Finance with CPA designation • Legal background with charity experience • Board Governance
  • Strategic Planning •Philanthropy/Fund Development •Media/Public Relations • Animal Health Care

 Other characteristics include:

  • By law, Board members must be at least eighteen years of age.


  • Formal education is not a requirement for all Board positions, though it is desirable to have certain professionals on the Board to ensure an appropriate mix of perspectives at the table. Many candidates may possess a combination of work and personal experience that provides them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the financial, administrative, ethical and policy issues that may be put to the Board.


  • Candidates should possess an interest in animal welfare and should understand the need to demonstrate a public image that is in keeping with the philosophies and goals of the OMHS.

Personal Suitability:

  • It is desirable to have Board members who are willing and have confidence to challenge proposed policies, activities, etc. of the organization. However, the ability to challenge must be tempered with recognition of the need to work in a cooperative and collegial manner and demonstrate a style that values consensus and unity.
  • OMHS welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates including men, women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal peoples. OMHS will accommodate persons with a disability throughout the recruitment and selection process.  Interested persons with a disability are encouraged to make their needs known in advance if accommodation is required.

Financial Commitment:

  • All Board members are expected to support OMHS in their fundraising efforts.

 What is expected of me as a Board member?

The Board of Directors usually meets once per month on the last Monday of the month at the Oakville Town Hall, in the evening with the possible exception of July, August and December. Reports, background materials, and other information are sent to Board members several days before the meeting, and Board members are expected to have read the materials and have their questions and comments prepared.

The main responsibilities of the OMHS Boards, like all Boards, are to:

  1. Determine the OMHS mission and purpose;
    2. Select the Executive Director when necessary;
    3.  Provide financial oversight;
    4.  Ensure adequate funding;
    5.  Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability;
    6.  Ensure effective organizational planning;
    7.  Recruit and orient new Board members and assess Board performance;
    8.  Enhance the organization’s public standing;
    9.  Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services; and
    10. Support the Executive Director and assess his or her performance.

Since discussions may involve confidential or sensitive issues, Board members are asked to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and an Agreement to adhere to the OMHS Ethics Policy.

Board members are expected to attend most, if not all, major OMHS events.

In addition to the monthly meeting and periodic events, Board members are expected to serve on at least one committee that meets once a month and where there are usually assigned specific tasks to be completed individually or working in collaboration with other committee members.

How do I become an OMHS Board Member?
As Board vacancies occur, The Board Nominating Committee will search out applicants through a variety of means;

  1. You will be asked to send a cover letter and CV to
  2. If selected for an interview, the Chair of the Nominations Committee will arrange your interview with that Committee;
  3. If selected, the Nominations Committee will present you to the Board of Directors for approval and then as a part of the slate of Directors for the Board at the OMHS Annual General Meeting in June *
  4. Before the first full Board meeting, you will be asked to participate in an orientation to the OMHS and your responsibilities as a Board member, along with other new Board members.

* You may not have to wait until June. From time to time, a vacancy arises mid-year.

What’s in it for me?
There are many rewards from serving on the Board of Directors:

  1. Sharing with a team in the accomplishment of doing something important for the OMHS, the community and the animals;
  2. Using your skills in new ways and addressing very interesting issues;
    3. Learning more about the Oakville & Milton Humane Society Humane Society and how it operates;
    4. Meeting people who share your interests;
    5. Developing new skills;
    6. Developing your volunteer knowledge and skills; and
  3. Being associated with an organization that has been helping your community.

If you would like more information about what is entailed in being a member of the Board, please contact:
Executive Director
Oakville & Milton Humane Society
905- 845-1551 ext. 124

You can also contact the OMHS Manager of Volunteers to learn more about other volunteer opportunities:
Coordinator of Volunteers
Oakville & Milton Humane Society
905-845-1551 Ext. 114

Oakville & Milton Humane Society Board of Directors – Current Board Members

Executive Board of Directors
Clayton Shold, Chair
Cheryl Clark, Vice Chair
John Garofano, Treasurer
Mary Siemiesz, Secretary

Board of Directors
Patty Holk
Michael Spinelli
Lisa Lanoue
Karin Tomosky Chambers
Dr. Frances Walker

Ex-officio Board Directors
Dr. Jennifer Ogeer, Past Chair

Honorary Member

Diana Aikin, Director Emeritus

Executive Director
Rick Perciante