ACR Board of Directors

Meet Annex Cat Rescue’s Volunteer Board of Directors for 2022-2023

Sydney Shapansky

Since 2012, Sydney Shapansky has been a passionate volunteer, advocate, and foster home. Her fostering journey started in Montreal, and she quickly went on to volunteer at events and manage adoptions as well as serving as Adoptions Chair on the board of the rescue there.

When Sydney moved to Toronto, she wanted to foster with an organization that valued the care of all cats and made an impact. She has fostered dozens of ACR cats and kittens in the years since! Her most recent fosters are Shrimp and Lobster, two young kittens who had severe eye infections at a young age and unfortunately needed their eyes removed. She unofficially specializes in socializing dog-friendly kitties with the help of her dog and foster brother extraordinaire, Gourdo. Sydney works in the fundraising sector and is excited to bring her extensive experience in the area to the Annex Cat Rescue board and continue to bring awareness and comprehensive care to the street cats of Toronto.

Kim Hughes
 Vice Chair

A long-time volunteer, Kim has performed many roles within ACR, including feral colony feeder, fundraiser, blog coordinator, writer and more. Kim served two terms as Chair beginning in summer 2017 as well as two terms as Vice-Chair and one term as Member-at-Large prior to that.  An entertainment journalist-editor by trade and two-legged caretaker to rescues Sunny and Mister Hister, Kim is a lifelong animal advocate who hopes to one day see cat homelessness end for good.

Elva Ma
TreasurerElva Ma, Treasurer

Elva is a small animal veterinarian working in downtown Toronto. She has volunteered with ACR as a foster parent since 2011, and has a great interest in shelter medicine, community sheltering, and initiatives to help reduce animal homelessness. Elva has a soft spot for senior kitties and has welcomed several into her home over the years, with her current resident being a sweet black kitty named Ivy. She looks forward to working with and learning from the dedicated team at ACR as a board member, and helping to improve the lives of homeless cats and community cats across the city.

Teena Dawson

Teena has a love for animals and has always had cats and dogs.  When she was looking to volunteer with animals, a friend who is a feeder at a couple of Annex Cat Rescue colonies suggested she check out the org.  Her two cats, Crumpet and Muffin were adopted from Annex Cat Rescue when they were kittens, so she thought it was a great idea! In addition to volunteering at fundraising events, Teena has been ACR’s social media volunteer since January 2018 and communications manager since September 2018.  Until she retired, Teena worked in communication and education in the financial services industry, with a focus on planning for retirement, for more than 30 years.

April Campbell

April got involved in cat rescue by accident, as most people do. She has been a volunteer community trapper for many years and started volunteering with Annex in 2020. April traps hundreds of cats each year for TNR and rescue. April also assesses, socializes, and fosters. April dedicates much of her free time to helping Toronto’s street cats and educating the public about TNR and spay/neuter. April is a law clerk and when she isn’t working or out trapping, she spends her time with her family, their dog, and their own resident feline overloads, including two formal ferals who can’t go back to their colonies and who April is convinced love her, but they just don’t know it yet. April hopes to use her time on the board to continue to advocate for Toronto’s most vulnerable cats and the volunteers who care for them.

Sarah McIntosh

Sarah has been volunteering with ACR since 2011 in a variety of roles, but mainly as a foster home. She has had just one cat of her “own;” all the rest of her furry companions have been ACR fosters! This is her second time serving on the board and she’s happy to be once again supporting all of ACR’s wonderful cats and volunteers. Sarah’s day job is Director of Operations at Women’s Shelters Canada.

Laura Moriarity

Since joining ACR as a foster volunteer in 2015, Laura has held a number of different roles: foster home, foster coordinator, board member, and volunteer coordinator, among others. She passionately believes in ACR’s mission to care for and rescue Toronto’s streets cats and is committed to helping to support these cats however possible. Outside of her volunteer work, Laura and her partner have their own little brood of adopted cats at home (including several foster fails).