Our Board Members
We welcome a new group of people to our Board who will help Wishing Well in its next and exciting phase of growth. With as much energy, enthusiasm, wisdom and experience as these people have to offer, Wishing Well Sanctuary will be well positioned to move even closer to fulfilling its full vision and mission! We extend a warm welcome to (in a alphabetical order) Corey, Lesley, Michael, Stephanie and Thomas to the Wishing Well family.
Together with our amazing volunteers, generous donors, new Board members and all of you, a dedicated and loving community of people speaking out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, we can and will continue to make a difference! Many hands (and hearts) make light work.
A lifelong passion for animals and their well-being, Brenda understood at an early age that all beings have feelings and that we are indeed all connected. The Wishing Well Sanctuary is a beautiful expression of Brenda's values and passion. She will work tirelessly to see to it that the Sanctuary makes a wonderful difference in the lives it touches and beyond!
Art McDonaldExecutive Director
Art McDonald joined Wishing Well Sanctuary in June 2018 as our Executive Director. His experience in management and health and wellness will be a great benefit to the Sanctuary as he will oversee program development, fundraising and day to day operations. 'Be the Change'. Art is doing his best to have a positive impact on the world through his actions. Deeply passionate about animals, the planet and our health, Art feels blessed to have joined such an amazing group of people who share his passions and goals. Art brings a positive energy and a strong love for the animals and people in the Wishing Well family.
Board of Directors
He is a vegan and has a passion for animals, nature and being a voice for those that do not. He advocates for compassion and kindness for all living beings and believes that through education, understanding and empathy, people should be educated about their everyday decisions and how it effects other non-human lives.
Chris is the CEO of a software company he co-founded called Jibestream. With his track record of success in business growth and transformation, he has the expertise to help bring the Wishing Well vision to fruition. Chris joined the Wishing Well Sanctuary Board to help raise awareness, operating funds and to continue to help build the animal justice movement. He knows that through education, compassion (and rubbing a pig’s belly), change can truly ignite in ones heart and mind. He is a firm believer that "the biggest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion on knowledge." - Daniel J. Boorstin
Alice has a long career in the classroom and brings her experience in education to facilitate visits to our Sanctuary by school groups. She works closely with Boards of education in order to share humane education and animal welfare to students from kindergarten to grade 12. She will also facilitate the expansion of co-operative placements at our Sanctuary. She is very passionate about education and fully bilingual which will also facilitate the delivery of our programs to our French Immersion students. She is thrilled to be a part of the Wishing Well Sanctuary family.
Thomas G.C. GerginisDirector
Thomas is very passionate to give back to society and brings a strong history in actively supporting charitable initiatives. In addition to being a supporter of animal rights, Thomas' societal interests range from education to healthcare.
Board members share in Brenda's vision of creating an emotionally and environmentally safe place for children, youth and their families to heal and grow, alongside farmed animals saved from maltreatment or slaughter.
Advisors to the Board
Stephanie is an antique jewellery dealer and the co-founder and director of the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals. She has an extensive history of helping animals, including being past president of the Toronto Humane Society, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and past chair of the Advisory Board of the Col. K.L. Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare.
Lesley, mom to one awesome human daughter, two piggie sons, two dog sons, one cat son and a kittie kid, has been a life long activist and advocate for animals. A previous board member, she remains active as a dedicated volunteer.
Wishing Well Staff
Mark LoebMaintenance Person
Mark Loeb joined Wishing Well Sanctuary as our part time maintenance person in 2017 and his contributions to the up keep of the Sanctuary has been extremely valuable. Mark has an extensive background in agriculture, construction, mechanics, heavy equipment and hard landscaping. Mark is knowledge, a hard worker and has a wonderful personality. He joined us full time in March 2018.
Richard DoddAnimal Care Giver
Richard Dodd joined the family here at Wishing Well in March 2018 as our new full time Care Giver. Richard is a passionate supporter of animal rights and devotes himself fully to the animals in his care. Richard is a natural leader and loves working with his team of volunteers to make every day on the Sanctuary a day in paradise for all people (human and non-human) present. Richard dedicates his spare time to continue learning about the ever-evolving needs of the residents in order to constantly improve their wellbeing at Wishing Well Sanctuary. He’s excited about being part of the Wishing Well family and is looking forward to a very bright future for the Sanctuary.
When humans act with cruelty we characterize them as 'animals', yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity.