RESCUER CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 2018We would like to thank our facilitators, the experts in their fields, for making their presentations available to the public. It is with knowledgeable information and education that we raise up a strong community of animal rescuers and carers.
Jessica Perrins is Head of Fundraising & Communications for the Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch, and is an enthusiastic professional with a consistent track record of achieving high returns on all projects and developments. Jessica is passionate about helping great causes and getting others involved in making a difference in the lives of both people and animals who need it having much experience in the field of fundraising and is driven by the need to share these skills within the NPO sector.
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Sr Karen Forsdick – Emergency First Aid
Sister Karen Forsdick qualified at Onderstepoort as a Vet nurse and started her career at SPCA in Grassy Park many many many years ago and used to go in the mobile clinics into the townships and worked on their massive sterilisation campaign that they started in 1987. After the SPCA Karen moved into private practice and started working at Tygerberg Animal Hospital as the only nurse and they now we have a 14 nurse team. Karen also did a 2 year animal behaviour course leading her into the running of puppy classes and animal behaviour consulting.
Karen de Klerk started working full time in welfare in 1994, although has been active in welfare since the age of 14 when she volunteered at the Kimberley SPCA, and has worked for a number of animal NGO’s. Karen found her home at the Animal Rescue Organisation in Ottery in 2000 and currently heads up the fundraising and communications department.
Karen’s mantra is: “Never apologise for raising funds for suffering animals …”
Megan Hooper is an HCPSA registered clinical psychologist who enjoys the intricacy and complexity of both clinical and organisational work and is a Professional Associate and part-time lecturer/facilitator at the Gordon Institute of Business Science working also for a number of organisations in the corporate and NPO sector.
Subsequent to her clinical training Megan worked as the Head of Psychology in a private tertiary education team, and as a lecturer and supervisor in the Wits Psychology department for three years. At Wits she lectured and supervised students from undergraduate to Masters level.
Megan has recently registered for a PhD at the UCT Graduate School of Business her topic examining the experiences of black women in senior roles in South Africa.
Veronica Nel started in animal welfare about 10 years ago first at the AACL, and then as general manager at African Tails and now her my current position at the PDSA as Hospital Manager.
Veronica was elected Vice Chairperson of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum in 2015 and thereafter as Chairperson for 2 years, and also project managed the City Funded Mass Animal Sterilisation Projects for several years.
June Bradbury was born and bred in Cape Town, commencing training in 1984 to become a Professional Nurse further studying in Midwifery and then ICU kick started her passion for what was to come.
June did a great deal of research on the management of feral cats internationally and leading to the birth of the Cat Trapping and Sterilisation Network.
Despite working, most of June’s free time is spent fundraising or trapping feral cats and she has, over the years, developed a great deal of experience and knowledge with feral cats who tend not to be the priority they should be.
Mark Gradwell – Kennel Hygiene & Infection Control
Mark Gradwell is currently a Business Development Manager for Health and Hygiene (Pty) Ltd in the Western Cape. Mark received his N.Dip Biomedical Technology Diploma from the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein in 1999 and has over 17 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and veterinary industry, including managing sales teams and products. Mark enjoys travelling, the outdoors, mountain biking and is a former Comrades runner.