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Name: Cassandra Nordell-MacLean
Number of Years Volunteering: Cassandra has been volunteering since she was a child, but has been contributing to the community on a regular basis since she returned to Sarnia 5 years ago.
Organization: Sarnia & District Humane Society, as well as contributing to the Movember to raise funds for Prostate Cancer within her companies - William Standen Co. and Nordell Build/Design.
Activities: In 2010 Cassandra joined the Humane Society Board of Directors as Vice President and remains on the board today. In 2011 she accepted the position of Fundraising Chair. In addition she also sits on most individual fundraising committees for each different event for the Sarnia & District Humane Society and is the 2012 event coordinator for Unleashed 2012 Charity Fashion Show.
Cassandra is also at the forefront of an initiative to bring Brad Pattison, star of the hit TV show At the End of My Leash, to Sarnia for a seminar as well as working with him to develop and implement a new style of training for the shelter dogs. Cassandra hopes that the event and training programs will revolutionize the human-dog relationships in Sarnia Lambton, and result in fewer dogs returned to our shelter.
Annual Events: Cassandra helps organize and participates in a number of annual Sarnia & District Humane Society events, including: Paws for Love Gala, Unleashed Charity Fashion Show, Dog Wash, Kids with Fur Dog Nail Trim Clinic, Garage Sale,Christmas Parade and the Adoptathon.
How it All Started: A lifelong animal lover, Cassandra was approached by a friend in 2006 to join the fundraising committees for the Human Society fashion show and Paws for Love Gala. She joined the Board of Directors so that she could do more than just raise funds, but contribute to to animal welfare, shelter operations and to community education. Cassandra says that "the animals inside of the shelter, as well as my own dogs touch my soul every day. They are the reason I continue to volunteer, to help those that cannot speak for themselves."
Tip for Volunteers: Do what you love. Volunteering if you have a full time job and a family can be difficult, but is worth it If you truly believe in the organization and their mission. It makes putting in hours that benefit the cause easy. At the end of the day you will feel great reward for your contributions and knowing that you made a difference. Every hour of contribution helps."