Our Team

Supporting communities and their animals.

Joanne Caldwell

President
Living on the Traditional Territory of Tk’emlups Peoples (Kamloops)

Joanne has been involved in animal welfare and disaster animal management for over 25 years. She has organized in-field animal health clinics and is the primary contact for communities needing help. Before joining Spirit’s Mission, Joanne worked with various volunteer positions with the BC SPCA, and worked in community sustainability in Guatemala. Joanne has a background in HR, organizational development, and in executive positions with various levels of government and the private sector. Her post graduate studies included becoming a Certified Executive Coach. She is an Emergency Operations Coordinator, a Post Traumatic Stress Facilitator, and has delivered countless workshops, including teaching coaching skills for UBC’s faculty and staff.

Kerri-Lynne Wilson

Vice President
Living on the Traditional Territory of Snuneymuxw of the Coast Salish Peoples (Nanaimo)

Kerri-Lynne has been actively involved with animal rescue since 2005, primarily with special needs foster dogs (medical and behavioral).

Kerri-Lynne has attended and helped organize several in-field vaccination and spay/neuter clinics in under-served communities and has taught pet first aid for several years. Kerri-Lynne has a scientific background as a fisheries biologist and environmental technician and for fun is a marathon runner and equestrian. Her two dogs are her running coaches and she serves three horses and two cats.

Vicki McDonald

Treasurer
Living on the Traditional Territory of Snuneymuxw of the Coast Salish Peoples (Gabriola)

Growing up in Creston, BC, Vicki has shared her entire life with animals. Her first “official” introduction to animal rescue was her involvement with the Creston Pet Adoption & Welfare Society (PAWS) beginning in 1996. She fostered more than 100 dogs while working with PAWS and was president of the organization from 2001 – 2013 when she moved to Gabriola Island. It was through a PAWS rescue of 56 dogs chained to trees on the Kootenay Pass that she met Spirit’s Mission’s founder, Gail Moerkerken. As well as being a member of the board and treasurer for Spirit’s Mission, Vicki has participated with the Spirit’s Mission team in several spay/neuter and animal wellness clinics in underserved communities. She has experience in disaster animal rescue, and is a certified dog obedience trainer/instructor.

Linda Tyler

Secretary
Living on the Traditional Territory of Qualicum Peoples (Qualicum Beach)

Linda has been volunteering with Spirit’s Mission Rescue Society since the day it was first founded by her dear friend in 2013. She is keenly interested in anything dog related and became a member of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association (as a non-trainer) in order to soak up as much knowledge as she could. She has volunteered at a remote First Nations animal wellness clinic in the past and recently completed training in working effectively with indigenous peoples. Linda and her husband have always had a soft spot for senior and special needs dogs having welcomed several into their family over the years. She enjoys spending time with her 2 rescue dogs, being outdoors in nature, and volunteering with a number of organizations including her local SPCA.

Pamela Guelly

Director
Living on the Traditional Territory of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Peoples (Falkland)

Pamela has many years animal welfare experience, and is an expert at trapping feral cats and returning them to their colonies once they are sterilized. Pam runs a cat sanctuary, Pawprints Animal Rescue. She has volunteered in clinics with Spirit’s Mission and has a lengthy history of working during disasters in other countries, and has extensive animal welfare knowledge. Her full-time job is rescue and she joined Spirit’s Mission in 2018.

Katie Ernst

Dog Care Coordinator
Living on the Traditional Territory of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples (East Vancouver)

Katie will be providing placement services from dogs brought down from the North and coordinating our Northern Rescue Network. She will also be providing food donations to Northern rescues, and under-served/isolated communities, for us.

Shelby Langelaan

Social Media/Communications Coordinator
Living on the Traditional Territory of Syilx Peoples (Kelowna)

Shelby will be providing her expertise to keep our website up to date and provide all media/announcements we have.

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