Liza completed the Animal Shelter Management Certificate from the University of the Pacific and recently achieved her Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation from The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. The CAWA designation is designed to support and recognize best practices within the profession.
“These programs were broad, and it wasn’t just about animal care,” says Liza. “It was looking at leadership, community programming, fund development, working with volunteers and much more, through an animal welfare lens, which is valuable and unique.”
In her previous positions, Liza worked in organizations addressing domestic violence, poverty and homelessness in Edmonton, which creates a valuable perspective when speaking with the community about the importance of EHS’ support programs.
“In my role, I think that taking the course around community programs is where I started to see the integration of what I had been doing in my previous roles and the work we do at EHS,” says Liza. “The programs and services we offer to try to keep pets with their families, like our PALS program, food bank or our emergency veterinary fund, aren’t just add-ons, they are an integral part of our work at EHS. We want to get ahead of problem in our community.”
Part of getting ahead of a problem is amplifying the organization’s voice through partnerships.