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GTHS Announces Transition in Board Leadership

Posted: April 15, 2024

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) is announcing the transition of board leadership, with David Garner stepping down as Board Chair and Barbara Foster assuming the role effective June 25, 2024. This transition reflects the commitment of the GTHS to strategic succession planning and maintaining strong governance practices.

David Garner has served as Board Chair for nearly seven years, during which he provided invaluable leadership and guidance through the shift of the Board from an operational model to one of Governance, opening the GTHS Animal Hospital and starting the planning process for the Regional Centre for Pets and People (RCPP). He has been instrumental in recruiting the depth and breadth of experience that currently exists on the board of directors, while steering the GTHS through both challenges and opportunities.  The GTHS expresses their deepest gratitude for his dedication and contributions.  

Commenting on the transition, Karen Marsh, GTHS executive director, said, “David has been an exceptional leader whose vision and expertise have been pivotal in shaping the trajectory of our organization. We are immensely grateful for his leadership."

Stepping into the role of Board Chair, Barbara Foster brings with her 13 years of sales and leadership experience at Xerox and 12 years of entrepreneurial experience running a successful print media company. Her first introduction to the GTHS was in 2016, when she hosted a memorial luncheon for a beloved GTHS donor.  Since 2018, Barbara has worked in capacity as fundraising chair and has been instrumental in organizing multiple fundraising events for the GTHS, including golf tournaments, walkathons and the annual Furball Gala, with the goal of always achieving financial success for the organization.  Barbara’s proven track record of strategic decision-making, exemplary customer service and drive for excellence makes her well-suited to lead the GTHS as the organization continues its journey of growth and innovation.   

Barbara is very excited and has expressed enthusiasm about the opportunity, stating simply, " I love what I do with the GTHS. My time on the board has provided me with a deep understanding of the organization and the strengths and opportunities that exist. I am honoured to take on this role and look forward to working closely with the board, leadership team, volunteers, and staff to drive the GTHS forward."  

The GTHS board of directors and leadership team are excited to welcome Barbara Foster as board chair, and to work alongside her to continue providing compassionate programs and services to pets and people in the south Georgian Bay region.