Our Board of Directors volunteers their time to steer The Fur-Bearers towards a sustainable future. They help to ensure our organization has the adequate resources, proper governance and policies to advance our mission.
Kitty Bourne, B.Sc. (President)
Kitty first learned about The Fur-Bearers and the cat and dog fur issue at the EPIC sustainability conference in 2012. Kitty joined The Fur-Bearers as a volunteer right away, and since then she has been passionately advocating for animals at various events throughout the years.
Kitty also takes pride in creating educational and promotional materials for the organization. Kitty now joins the board of directors to support the team with her expertise in digital design and marketing. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Interactive Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Erin Ryan, B.Sc., MSc candidate (Vice President)
Erin Ryan is a Research Communications Specialist with the BC SPCA and an MSc Candidate at the University of British Columbia. Much of her work focuses on urban wildlife, including wildlife and rodent "pest" control, while supporting the development and administration of the BC SPCA's AnimalKind accreditation program. Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Animal Biology, and has experience in research, communications, stakeholder relations, fundraising and event planning.
Erin has been a passionate follower of The Fur-Bearers for many years with a shared passion for improving wildlife welfare and ending inhumane trapping. In 2019, she was a co-recipient of the Clements Award for "Outstanding Organization", awarded to the AnimalKind program.
Anne Carchesio (Secretary)
Anne has been a member of The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals for about 30 years, and was a volunteer director during the early 1980s. She has always had a deep love and respect for animals, and was raised in a home with many rescued animals. Anne works full-time and spends her free time volunteering with other animal rescue groups. She and her family share their home with a rescued cat Monty.
Ingrid Katzberg (Treasuer)
The youngest of four children, Master Ingrid Katzberg was born and raised in Chile until age 13, when her family immigrated to Canada. Values such as loyalty, courage and discipline laid a solid foundation for her to accomplish many goals at an early age. Once in Canada Ingrid Katzberg embraced the opportunity to train in the martial arts in 1983.
Today, with over 35 years of training and instructing experience and a background in health and fitness, Master Ingrid Katzberg is a 5th Degree black belt martial artist, Co-Owner and Head Instructor of one of the largest and most successful martial arts schools in North America, Champions Martial Arts Academy. As a competitor, Katzberg earned numerous titles such as B.C. Kickboxing Champion (1987), Canadian Kickboxing Champion (1987), Japanese Shootboxing Champion (1988) and North American Free Style Champion, WKA (1994).
Martial Arts holds a special place in Master Katzberg’s heart but so do animals. As a small child she was always brining home cats, and dogs in need if love and a good home. Today she is a proud animal activist that is currently involved in many projects to stop the endless cruelty to animals. She is the president of VidaAnimals Society, a society working on ending the plight of street dogs, and cats in Chile. She got involved with The FurBearers because she truly believes in the causes that they are fighting for since 1953. “Nothing is more important to me than saving all animals from suffering and cruelty.”
Camran completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at UBC in Political Science before going to the University of Calgary for law school. He co-founded Lions Gate Law with his brother in 2009, a real estate conveyancing law firm and has been a practicing lawyer ever since.
He grew up in Vancouver in a pet-loving household; his love of animals comes from his maternal grandfather, who had a special connection with animals throughout his life.