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HPS is very fortunate to have some highly skilled and extremely valued Advisory Council members who are always there for us, helping and advising in their respective fields of knowledge. Without a solid advisory base HPS would not have progressed to where we are today, and would certainly not be able to develop to where we plan to be in the future!

Thank you, all.

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Laura has a long history of involvement with animal welfare organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors for the BCSPCA, and she developed and led strategic initiatives for an international charity aimed at improving the lives of stray dogs and cats in the developing world. Laura has also provided hands-on assistance at spay/neuter clinics for low-income pet owners in Mexico. 

In 2008, after learning about the fate of unwanted horses, she adopted a rescued thoroughbred who inspired her deep commitment to protecting horses. Professionally, Laura has more than 10 years experience in development and in financial services in both academic and private sector settings. She provides strategic direction for our revenue development and donor relations programs.


Senior Advisor

Karen met Melva in 1979 and created several pen and ink drawings for The Gait Post magazine covers.  She joined HPS at the very beginning in 1984 and became a director in 1992.  She was nominated to President in 1999, when Melva was no longer able to actively participate.  Karen has owned, trained and shown appaloosas and pintos from 1976 to 2001. She has also always taken a personal interest in being present when our horses have been transported, leased or adopted.  Karen has always made herself available to investigate reports of horse neglect and has a friendly and diplomatic way of talking to people.  Karen has taken special care to carry on the HPS work in Melva’s memory.




Tyler is a financial advisor with RBC and is active in his local Rotary Club. 

He grew up with a horse influence, and was on a horse at 3 months of age.

Tyler provides HPS with banking and financial advice.




Jerry was a partner in a Vancouver-based regional law firm. 

He spends most of his spare time hanging out with his Golden Retriever and his first horse, a bay tobiano mare named Pippi. 

Jerry provides business advice on some of our commercial arrangements.

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