Board of Directors

Victoria Humane Society is a registered charity that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our Executive Director is long time animal welfare champion, Penny Stone.

Penny Stone

Executive Director

Penny Stone is the founder of Victoria Humane Society and has a wealth of experience in the area of animal rescue coupled with heroic passion for animals that inspires and guides our organization and its many volunteers. After 10 years with the BCSPCA, Penny joined the Whistler Sled Dog Company — an organization that helped to find forever homes for the remaining dogs that were abandoned after a horrible massacre in 2010. In November 2013, together with many like minded individuals, Penny started Victoria Humane Society.

Daisy Jassar


Daisy’s love of animals started when she welcomed a cockapoo named Shadow into her family 9 years ago. Her volunteer role as a dog walker with an animal shelter resulted in her fostering a border collie cross named Luna through her pregnancy. After Luna’s beautiful puppies all found homes, Luna decided to adopt Daisy and became a permanent part of her family! Daisy has over 15 years of fundraising and management experience and also functions as the Board President.

Melissa Medve


Melissa spent nine months traveling around the world and spent time in Mere, Ecuador volunteering at a rescue/rehabilitation center for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals. When back in Victoria, she welcomed four rescue animals into her home. Prior to joining the VHS Board, Melissa volunteered with various Victoria-based animal rescue organizations for over 10 years. As a board member, Melissa brings a wealth of experience with animal rescue.

Rena Tiemer


A committed advocate for animals, Rena has spent several years volunteering with various animal rescue organizations prior to joining the Victoria Humane Society board. She is the proud guardian of four rescued pets. Rena is a partner in an accounting firm and brings accounting and tax experience to VHS. Rena is the Treasurer for VHS.

Jennifer Stone


Jennifer spent her childhood with a cat and working for Dogs Day Bakery was the beginning of her love of dogs. Her extended family has very strong ties to animal rescue and advocacy in British Columbia. Jennifer recently added one of the Mountain Man puppies name Bailey to her family. Jennifer has a strong background in financial management.

Sandi Piano


Sandi first fell in love with cats as a young child. She has extensive experience volunteering with both cats and dogs at local shelters. Through this work, she developed a love for dogs after bonding with a pair of 10-year-old German Shepherd crosses that she eventually adopted. Sandi leads the adoption application process and events coordination at VHS.

Valerie Nathan


Val has a life long interest in animal rescue having saved birds that fell from nests as a child to rescuing feral and abandoned cats as an adult. Currently she is the proud guardian of 5 rescued pets. Val has strong ties in the community and co-owns a well respected communications and marketing company. As a board member, Val brings professional communications expertise to VHS.

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