Lifetime achievement award for Alberni SPCA head

Irene Towell was honoured with the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the BC SPCA’s annual Awards Dinner held May 6 in Abbotsford.

BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell

Irene Towell, branch manager of the BC SPCA’s Alberni-Clayoquot Branch in Port Alberni, was honoured with the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the BC SPCA’s annual Awards Dinner held May 6 in Abbotsford.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of animals in B.C.

BC SPCA chief executive officer Craig Daniell noted that Towell has saved the lives of tens of thousands of animals since joining the BC SPCA more than 30 years ago.

“For more than three decades Irene has been at the forefront of the animal welfare movement and is a highly respected authority, not only in her home community of Port Alberni, but in surrounding communities where she works tirelessly to raise the standard of care for animals,” said Daniell. “Irene is continuously working to improve her shelter, providing extensive training and support for her staff and volunteers, and initiating innovative new programs for shelter and community animals. She always makes herself available to help her SPCA colleagues, who often draw on her extensive experience in shelter management, cruelty investigations and community outreach.”

While she has had a profound impact on animals in Port Alberni, Towell’s influence is felt far beyond her home.

“For more than a decade she has worked with First Nations communities on the West Coast, often travelling long distances on her own time to support outreach work for animals in Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht and surrounding areas,” said Daniell.

“She has been instrumental in the transfer of hundreds of homeless animals from West Coast communities through the Drive for Lives program to more populous centres where they have found loving homes.”

Daniell describes Towell as a humble and hardworking individual who quietly goes about her daily work with compassion, dedication and a commitment to and every animal that needs her care.

“Despite having already saved thousands of animals, her focus is always on the next animal who needs her help, and her determination to make a difference never wavers.”

 

Just Posted

Learn about solar panels with Alberni Valley Transition Towns

Monthly meeting will feature a talk from a solar panel expert

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks cheese linked to 5 E. coli cases in B.C.

People are asked to throw out or return ‘Qualicum Spice’ cheese

Jim’s Clothes Closet celebrates 50th anniversary

Store began in Port Alberni, expanded on Vancouver Island and beyond

BC Ferries passengers wait to leave Vancouver Island after Remembrance Day

Traffic aboard BC Ferries slows after Remembrance Day long weekend

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs victorious at home

Goaltender John Hawthorne earns second shutout

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Student arrested at Vancouver Island elementary school

Pupils never in danger, incident unrelated to the school

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Most Read