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 (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.
Anne Carchesio (Secretary)
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 Emma.
Was born in Vancouver in 1941, and has remained in the Lower Mainland all her life. She obtained a Certified General Accountants’ designation in 1974, and later a Masters in International Business degree in 1992. Irene worked for 11 years as an accountant in business and in public practice until she started teaching accounting at Douglas College in 1975. She taught there until she retired in 2000 and resigned from the CGA Association.
Irene is currently a member of the Renfrew-Collingwood Senior’s Society and Board of Directors; the College and Institutes Retirees Association Board of Directors, and is also a Leader of the Stephen Ministry (the church she has attended for over 60 years). Irene also dedicates her time as a volunteer for a cat rescue organization. Irene shares her life with her husband and is blessed with children and grandchildren plus two fur-bearing dogs.
Was born in Toronto, into a pro-animal family, he moved to Vancouver in 1958. In the late 1970’s, while driving on Broadway in Vancouver he spied a ‘ban leghold traps’ bumper sticker. The next day he visited The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animal's office and met George and Bunty Clements. Inspired by their knowledge and dedication, he joined up on the spot and has been active ever since staffing booths, picketing fur retailers, and distributing flyers.
Before hearing about our Association, Owen opposed hunting and wrote letters to the editors of the Vancouver Sun and Province. Many were published and resulted in feedback from hunters. Now semi-retired and after 33 years of active membership and volunteering, Owen welcomes the opportunity to serve on our board of directors.