Board and Staff

Interested in becoming a Board Member?

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals willing to take on a leadership role within the organization.

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Alesha Unrau

Shelter Manager

Alesha was a dedicated volunteer for about 7 years (doing chores, events, pee break) before we saw her incredible value and hired her last October.  She has almost a shelter of her own at home…have 1 dog Cabela, 2 Cats (Remi, rescued on a -45 winter day as kitten and Tobi, formerly Mario from PVHS).  Not just that but she has fostered a total of 23 animals for PVHS since starting employment!  When she isn’t caring for her animals at home and work, she spends time with family and friends, goes camping, fishing and drag racing a few times a year.

Chelsey Lincoln

Assistant Shelter Manager

Chelsey grew up always having pets in the household. To her, animals  aren’t just pets, they are family. Everyday she get to help families find the perfect dog or cat for their family, and she absolutely LOVES it!  She says the best thing about being an animal lover is teaching her son how to care for them and see the bond he creates with each family pet we have. Chelsey and her family  currently have two beautiful, energetic dogs,  Bella(left) and Luna(Right). As the years go on, they plan on growing their fur family, which starts at PVHS!

Kathy Ward


Having adopted two PVHS dogs into her family she saw the importance of our organisation and joined the Board. Now after spending a year as a Member at Large, Kathy has moved into the Chair position. Kathy is a true animal advocate, and uses her background in Science and business to help PVHS move forward in a logical and sustainable way. She is more than able to keep the rest of the team in line and keep our meetings running smoothly.

Deserez Kretnz

Vice Chair

Deserez comes from a pet friendly family in Ontario, her pets have always been rescues. Momma to her big orange boy, she loves spending her time volunteering where it matters. Joining our board as the Vice Chair, she’s hoping to get far more involved in the community and bring more of a reach for all our furry friends.

Stephani McLean


Dr. Steph began her roots at PVHS as the acting veterinarian. As life directed her career elsewhere, she gave up this role knowing that she would be back in some capacity! This busy girl loves to fill her ‘cup’ by camping with friends, taekwondo, keeping up to her two kids and helping her husband on the farm. At home, her fur-creatures include: Ira-the drooly cat, Georiga the hound, many chickens who she refers to as the ‘ladies’, Summer the pony and Stanley the Mini Donkey.

Terri Ward

Retail Co-Chair

With a farmyard and house full of animals (including two dogs from PVHS) it was no surprise Terri joined our team.  She truly is a “Jill of all Trades”! Some days this has her helping with maintenance needs around the building, BBQ’ing at an adoption fair or selling 50/50 tickets at a fundraiser. Her willingness to help out with virtually anything not only speaks to her wide variety of skills, but it also makes her a true team member!

Laurie Magotiaux

Retail Co-Chair

Laurie is the little engine that could! On several occasions she comes straight off a 12 hour nursing shift to volunteer at fundraising events. Her outgoing personality is indispensible when it comes to community connections and securing sponsors. She also does a lot of work behind the scenes when it comes to organising, decorating and developing for fundraisers. You name the task and she’s willing to help! Make sure you stop by and say “hi” to her at our stand at the Morden Farmers Market! Just be prepared to buy some raffle tickets when you do!!

Tyler Cameron

Past President

With two of PVHS’s canines now calling Tyler ‘family’, he also understands firsthand the importance of every member of the PVHS care team –from volunteers, to staff, to Board. He effectively uses his business background for the good the entire organization – cats and dogs alike!

Holly Thorne

Public Relations Chair

Holly comes to us from Winnipeg, having followed her heart to Winkler to be with a man who is incredibly allergic to animals.  We have to check her pockets for kittens when she leaves the shelter because she misses having pets so much!  She is able to channel her passion for animal welfare into the role of Public Relations Chair to help all of the animals find their fur-ever homes…so that there’s no risk of them coming to her own home!

Michael Fehr


Michael is our number cruncher and he loves animals of all kinds.  He has been volunteering at the PVHS working a cat housekeeping shift since August 2018.  With a mind for finances he decided he wanted to expand his contribution to our organization and joined the board as Treasurer.  Now he makes sure all of our bills are paid, all income is accounted for, and handles anything else finance-related that the board might need.

Tanya Rempel

Sponsorship Chair

Tanya volunteered with PVHS for 9 years before joining our team as the Sponsor Chair. She’s been helping with fundraising events in many different capacities and can also be seen regularly playing with the dogs in our backyard and snapping photos for our website. Tanya has one rescue dog Sadie and has fostered 10 animals with PVHS. When she’s not volunteering she enjoys being outdoors and travelling.

Ashley Wiebe

Fundraising Chair

Ashley has been an adopter from the Pembina Valley Humane Society since they first opened, and is a strong advocate for both animal welfare and making a difference in the communities in which we live and work.  She has two kids, a dog and 2 cats, both adopted from the PVHS, and a small herd of goats.  Being new in this role she is looking forward to working hard on all of the exciting fundraising events happening in the Pembina Valley.

Janet Young

Maintenance Co-Chair

Janet is a busy person but will always make time for animals. At the PVHS, she does what she can to help keep things running. Whether it’s arranging some plumbing or troubleshooting the dryer, she has a mind to make things work.

Cordell Ducharme

Maintenance Co-Chair

Cordell is new to volunteering at the Pembina Valley Humane Society, taking on the role of co-maintenance. He comes in with a wealth of construction experience and looks forward to putting this knowledge to use. When growing up, Cordell and his family adopted many cats and dogs from the PVHS. Now he and his wife continue to bring animals into their home. Cordell looks forward to helping maintain the Humane Society in any way possible.