Long-time animal advocate turns her attention to the north

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Newmarket, ON (June 22, 2016) – After more than 20 years of service on the board of the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, Judy Decicco is turning her attention to helping animals on a provincial level, including increasing services to the North in First Nations communities.

With a busy schedule that includes serving as the Vice Chair of the Board Directors of the Ontario SPCA and Chair of a committee that helps provide essential services for animal welfare to First Nations Communities in the North, Decicco made the difficult decision to resign from the Board of the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society.

“It’s very difficult to part ways with an organization that does as much wonderful work for its community as the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, but I want to focus my efforts on improving life for the animals in our northern communities,” says Decicco. “I’m very excited to embark on this new chapter in my commitment to animal welfare.”

Earlier this month, Decicco was awarded the 2016 Ontario SPCA Chair’s Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond to make an outstanding contribution to animal welfare. In 2015, Decicco assisted in the transfer of over 75 dogs from Whitefish Bay First Nation. The initiative not only 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.

“Judy has been a great asset to our organization and has helped the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society become the strong organization that it is today,” says Tanya Firmage, Chief of Humane Programs and Community Outreach. “Her commitment to northern communities is truly inspiring and we’re very proud of the work she is doing to better the lives of animals in this underserviced area.”


Alison Cross
Ontario SPCA

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