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SPCA in Comox Valley names new manager
A former BC SPCA volunteer is taking the lead in Comox.
Peter Hehl, an active dog walker and volunteer for seven years, has accepted the position of manager at the BC SPCA’s Comox Valley and District branch.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the great staff and volunteers,” Hehl says. “I’ve been an animal lover my whole life and have a lot of passion for helping them.”
Hehl comes to the BC SPCA from the B.C. government, where he worked for several years with BC Parks as a senior park ranger.
He plans to draw on all of his past experience in his new role, from his hands-on leadership and communications skills to his strong values, including a strong belief in conservation and huge respect for all animal life.
Realizing the BC SPCA is only as strong as its volunteers and surrounding neighbours, Hehl plans to strengthen these special bonds.
“I want to focus on engaging the community and make them more of a presence with the BC SPCA’s work in the area,” he says.
The Comox Valley features a large agricultural area, and as well as promoting humane treatment of farm animals, Hehl hopes to get more local famers looking at becoming SPCA-certified farms.
“I’m eager to work with everyone to make a difference. We’ve got fantastic people who are very knowledgeable in animal welfare already doing a great job and I hope to complement their work any way I can.”
— BC SPCA Comox Valley