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Our team is comprised of caring, accomplished and committed professionals who are dedicated to giving the best treatment and care to lost, abandoned and abused animals while supporting the diverse needs of the community.

Elizabeth Murphy
Elizabeth Murphy Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth began her position as CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA in September of 2013. In addition to her management, fund development and communication skills, Murphy has a love for animals and is committed to working hard building on the solid foundation of the NS SPCA alongside our great team of volunteers and staff.
Sandra Flemming
Sandra Flemming Provincial Director of Animal Care Sandra Flemming, Provincial Animal Care Director and Shelter Director of the Provincial Animal Shelter and Veterinary Clinic has seven years of shelter management experience with the Nova Scotia SPCA. With a background in Education and eight years’ experience as a Business Consultant, she has taken these skills and her love for animals and applied them to shelter environments, providing support and assistance to the 11 branches across the province.
Karen DeWolfe
Karen DeWolfe Provincial Accountant Karen’s involvement with the SPCA began in 2007, as a foster and shelter volunteer. It evolved into weekly shelter shifts; Co-chairing various fundraising events like Bark In the Park and The Alley Cat bowl; many hours spent doing Santa pics, Parades and other SPCA events. Karen joined the SPCA Provincial office in May 2014 as our Provincial Accountant, and was appointed as a Special Constable in August 2014. She enjoys working in all areas of the SPCA, and loves the diversity that the SPCA brings.

She is a true animal lover, with over 200 foster pets spending time in her home, all who have been welcomed by her 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 sons and always supportive husband.
Courtney Zylstra
Courtney Zylstra Provincial Fund Development Officer and Graphic Designer Courtney joined the Nova Scotia SPCA in 2013 as Provincial Fund Development Officer. Her passion lies in fundraising, event planning and graphic design. Having spent her entire professional life working non-profit, she thrives under the pressure and fast-paced environment of the non-profit world. With a degree in Psychology from the University of Wilfred Laurier, relationship building, human interaction and their relation to animal welfare and the strong connection these two things have is what inspires her to work towards building a bigger, better SPCA alongside her peers. As Fund Development officer, she enjoys building new relationships and partnerships with like-minded animal welfare and community members.

“I am so overwhelmed by the dedication and hard work of those around me, I have the upmost respect for my peers and am proud to work for an organization that seeks to continue to reach higher for companion animals”. She finds the best part of her job is being able to connect companion animals and their humans, while sourcing stable financial partners for our 11 branches across the province. Courtney now calls Halifax ‘home’ with her partner and their little chihuahua's Penny and Brutus.
Heather Woodin
Heather Woodin Provincial Administration Coordinator Heather started as a volunteer at the Provincial Animal Shelter back in 2009. In 2011, Heather became a full time employee at the shelter as office coordinator working with the public and coordinating the volunteer & foster program. Passionate about finding ways the SPCA can extent and grow our support to the community is on finding ways we can expand our ability to support our community.

With a background in finance and data analysis, she looks forward to her new role as Communications and Donor Relations. Heather’s fur family consists of a recently adopted senior dog, 5 senior cats and 3 ferrets. “The best thing about the SPCA is working with people who are extremely passionate and caring about the wellbeing of companion animals and furry office ‘helpers’ !”
Danielle LeFort
Danielle LeFort Provincial Branch Coordinator Danielle is a new member to the Nova Scotia SPCA team, however she brings a wealth of knowledge in veterinary medicine and animal welfare. She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician for nine years. Her interest is helping people - helping people who work with animals and helping pet owners understand and appreciate animals. Danielle lives in Hants County with two cats, Flea and Maisy, and her dog, Dutch.
Jennifer Nolan
Jennifer Nolan Provincial Clinic Coordinator Jennifer first stepped through the doors of the SPCA in 2006 as a late night weekend dog walker. As the Provincial Clinic Coordinator she has been working hard to ensure our first low cost spay/neuter clinic is a success. When she isn’t at the shelter you can find her cuddled up with her 3 cats and her rescue dog Amelia.