Thunder Bay resident wins 2016 Ontario SPCA Chair’s Award!

winner, chair's award, Judy Decicco
Judy receiving her “Judy” plush toy with Catherine MacNeill, Board of Directors Chair.

The Ontario SPCA is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2016 SPCA Chair’s Award: Judy Decicco from Thunder Bay!

The Chair’s Award is presented annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond to make an outstanding contribution to Animal Welfare.

Decicco has been volunteering for Animal Welfare her whole life. This includes contributions as a volunteer SPCA Officer, a long-term Board member of the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, the Chair of the Animal Welfare Service to the North Committee and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario SPCA.

Decicco has impacted the lives of many animals in need though lots of community outreach and collaborative services. She has also done incredible work creative positive relationships with First Nations Communities, animal rescues, and local municipalities.

“Judy has used her passion, influence and diligence to ensure that Northern Ontario and its unique Animal Welfare needs remain top of mind. We are so fortunate to have Judy Decicco as a champion and advocate for northern Animal Welfare,” says Catherine MacNeill, Board of Directors Chair, Ontario SPCA. “Her dedication and efforts have made an impact not only throughout Northern Ontario, but all across the Province.”

winner, chair's award, Judy Decicco
Coming soon – “Judy” the puppy

In 2015 Decicco assisted in the transfer of over 75 dogs from Whitefish Bay First Nation. The initiative changed the lives of 75 animals, finding them all forever homes. But it also helped strengthen the services available to assist with the animal over population on First Nations communities.

New plush toy Judy

The Ontario SPCA has added a new plush toy to the Rocky and Friends family in Decicco’s honour to recognize these incredible contributions and commitment to Animal Welfare,  (available to the public fall 2016). “Judy” is a black plush replica of one of the puppies transferred from Whitefish Bay First Nation.

The Ontario SPCA congratulates Judy Decicco on this award and thanks her for her positive influence and dedication to Animal Welfare.

Jun 17, 2016
by Emily Cook