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Board of Directors

Penny Steffen, President

Penny Steffen graduated from Fairview Colleges Animal Health Technology Program in 1996 and is working at the

Mighty Peace Veterinary Clinic as an Animal Health Technologist.

She is also involved with several other community organizations and is a junior curling coach.

Penny has been on the SPCA board of directors for three years and is now serving her second year as President.

Penny lives on an acreage with her three dogs, one cat and two horses. She enjoys horse back riding, curling, golfing, volleyball and volunteering.

Crystal Kowalchuk, Treasurer

Crystal was born and raised in Peace River.

Crystal has always had a number of pets growing up on the farm and has a love of animals.

Currently along with her husband Jody they have a dog and two cats (from the SPCA).

This is Crystal 's fourth year on the board of the SPCA and looks forward to bring her personal and professional knowledge to the group.

Professionally, Crystal is a CPA, CGA and works as an accountant at Petluk Clarke LLP in Peace River.

Sheila Girard, Secretary

Sheila grew up on a mixed farm near Grimshaw.

She graduated in 1987 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Since then Sheila has worked in accounting and as an instructor for Fairview College/NAIT, as the office manager for Western Canadian Mulching,and is currently the Accounting and Payroll Administrator at Advanced Paramedic Ltd. in Peace River.

This is Sheila’s first year on the board of the SPCA and she’s looking forward to working with the others to benefit the state of animals in the Peace Region.

Sheila and her son Thomas live on an acreage near Grimshaw (on the home farm) with frequent visits from her daughter, Chelsea.

They all enjoy the exploits of two cats and their recent SPCA adoption, the rambunctious Harley dog! Animals have always been a part of Sheila’s life…

Jody Kowalchuk

Jody was born and raised in Fairview Alberta.  He moved to Peace River in 1997 to start his career at the Peace River Correctional Center. 

Jody has been around animals most of his life.  From riding horses on the farm to having pets in town. 

Currently along with his wife Crystal they have a dog and two cats (from the SPCA). 

This is Jody's fourth year on the board of the SPCA and is looking forward to many more to come.

Brandi Campbell

I am just entering my 4th year on the SPCA Board. I am looking forward to another year of being a part of the SPCA team and helping to make a difference.

I feel very passionately about the exceptional work the SPCA does, and how essential they are to our community. There are so many animals that need their voices to be heard, to be loved, cared and advocated for. The SPCA team attempts this feat daily. This is a team that I am proud to be a part of!

Originally from Northwestern Ontario, I moved out west in 2006 to pursue my nursing career. Professionally, I am a RN/CNE at the Peace River hospital, where I have worked since coming to Alberta.

Currently, I live in Grimshaw with my other half, Jeff and our 2 fur babies Kona and Foxy. Both of which we adopted from the SPCA. Kona we adopted at 5 weeks of age, and Foxy was about 1yr when we became foster fails; and adopted her. Both are spunky girls, with lots of personality!

In my spare time I enjoy outings and walks with “the girls”, golfing, kayaking, snowshoeing, and the outdoors.

Rachel Peveril

Rachel Peveril has been a member of the SPCA Board of Directors since January 2015.

Rachel is originally from Nova Scotia and moved to Peace River in 2014 to start her career as an occupational therapist.

Rachel is a lifelong animal lover and is proud to be involved in the amazing work accomplished by the Peace Regional SPCA team.

Rachel lives in Grimshaw with her boyfriend and their dog, Cairo (an SPCA alumni).

Rachel and Cairo enjoy lots of hiking and running adventures throughout the year.

Melissa Boyer

Melissa was born and raised just outside of Peace River and has always had an interest in the well being animals of all kind.

Melissa has been involved in many volunteer programs to help animals and really enjoys working with the SPCA.

Melissa enjoys travelling and learning about wildlife and is passionate about being a voice for animals.

This will be Melissa's 3rd year as a board member and she is really excited to see what the future brings for the Peace regional SPCA.

Melissa has grown up with many animals and enjoys spending time with her two cats, two dogs and rabbit.

Samantha Snyder

I have lived in Peace River all my life and have been employed at Advanced Paramedics Ltd. (APL) since I graduated from Peace River High School.

I started at APL as a Receptionist and am now working in Accounts Receivables and Collections.

I have been around animals my entire life. I bought my first horse when I was 15, and my second when I was 20.I have previously volunteered at the SPCA after school and on weekends.

Both of my family dogs, Sara and Joey, are SPCA adopted and I constantly urge family and friends to obtain their new family member(s) from this amazing community group.

This is my first year on the board and I am extremely excited to be able to help out in anyway I can.