Board of Directors


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Ginger Jackson — President

Ginger Jackson and her husband Sandy are franchisees for the Port Perry and Uxbridge McDonald’s. A former registered nurse at North York General Hospital for 27 years, Ginger now does volunteer work for the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and many other organizations.

Ginger is a great friend of the current Uxbridge Scugog Animal Shelter. Through her coin box program, her customers have given $26,000 for our furry friends. She has a leadership role in her quest to build a new animal shelter. She and Art Mathews initiated this immense undertaking as the present building is inadequate for both the animals and the wonderful people running the current shelter.

Ginger loves animals and at present she has two rescue dogs, and two furry cat friends that she rescued. She has resided in Uxbridge and now Port Perry for over 15 years.


Steve's DogSteve Andersen – Treasurer

Steve joined the board of the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog in October 2013. He moved to Uxbridge with his wife Joanne in July 2007, having lived in downtown Toronto for six years and Montreal before that.

He has been self-employed since 1993 and provides accounting, bookkeeping and tax services, as well as voice recording for corporate multimedia.

Steve is also service pianist for both Goodwood United Church and Goodwood Lutheran Church. He shares his home with two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Jake and Rosie, and a Siamese cat named Buster.

Other charitable involvements include the Montreal Shriners and Montreal Rotary Club.



Elizabeth Williams – Vice President

Elizabeth is a charter board member of the Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog.      She has led both the  Fundraising and Communications committees and now serves  as board Vice President.  In real life, Elizabeth is the head of brand and  communications for ADP Canada and has been a marketing executive at Bank of  Montreal, Rogers and a bunch of software companies nobody has ever heard of.  She moved to Uxbridge more than 20 years ago and shares her home with her  husband, teenage sons and a not-very-bright spotted python named Fluffy. She  secretly wants to be a figure skater.


Susan picSusan Long – Secretary

Susan is retired after many years in various fields of supply management, accounting and administration. She is currently President of the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and a volunteer with other organisations. She lives in Uxbridge with her husband and three cats, and is a busy grandmother of four children, two granddogs, and three grandcats.  Susan has been Secretary for the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog since February, 2013.



Joy 2Joy McKinnon

Joy joined our Board of Directors in December 2014 as a Director At Large. She brings extensive experience in management, governance, executive leadership and fundraising acquired throughtwenty-five years as an academic administrator in the Ontario College system. In her current role as Seneca College’s Vice-President Academic, Joy is responsible for all academic programming, applied research, international education and student services.

Joy and her husband Jack have recently moved to a small, hobby farm in Scugog with their cat Blackie and two retired, palomino quarter horses, Sunny and Pal. Since moving to Scugog, they have adopted a colony of barn cats, making frequent trips to a spay/neuter clinic and finding homes for nine kittens – the remaining kittens have become part of the family.



Virginia Miles

Virginia has lived in Uxbridge with her husband for over 20 years. They have one son who lives and works in Toronto. Being an animal lover she has a whole house load of cats.

Virginia owns her own company – Compass Healthcare Solutions – helping individuals and families navigate the complex healthcare system. Virginia has worked in senior marketing and business development roles in the health care sector including home health, vaccines and evidence-based natural products. She has served on the board of the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital and volunteers for Lupus Canada. Virginia is excited to be part of making the new animal shelter a reality.


Amy Stevenson

Born and raised in Uxbridge, Amy has a background in Public Relations and Event and Wedding Planning. She currently works at the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity as the Signature Events Coordinator.

An animal lover from an early age, Amy is excited to use her background in event planning to help raise funds for the new shelter. In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with her nephews, curling up with a good book and getting her groove on at a Zumba fitness class. She cuddles up at night with her Jack Russell/American Eskimo mix named Ellie.


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Paul Bussiere

Paul joined our Board of Directors in August of 2015 after volunteering on the Golf and Fundraising committees. Paul is a PGA of Canada Professional and currently works at Scarboro Golf & Country Club as the Marketing & Sales Manager. He has organized many fundraisers over the years including his own golf tournament for 16 straight years.

Paul and his wife Jodi moved to Uxbridge in 2010 with their 3 kids. Their most recent addition to the family came in 2012, when they adopted a rescue dog with an elaborate mix of breeds named Dylan. Dylan is a Greyhound, German Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog, Chow Chow, Welsh Corgi, and Miniature Pinscher mix! He loves to run and is doing his best to keep Paul in shape. Paul is very excited to be part of the new animal shelter and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise.



Buck Sully

Buck Sully joined our Board of Directors in August and is the Chair of the Governance Committee. Buck was born and raised in Uxbridge, growing up in a home filled with many dogs, cats, horses, and the occasional wildlife visitor. Currently he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend’s dog, Charlie, and her cat, McGuire, who have adopted Buck as their own.

Buck has been an active volunteer in and out of Uxbridge. Throughout law school, he was a director of the Student Animal Legal Defence Fund – Windsor Chapter and worked closely with the local shelter in Windsor. Upon returning to Uxbridge, he was very eager to get involved with the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog.  Recently called to the Ontario Bar, Buck practices law with Keel Cottrelle LLP, a mid-sized firm in Toronto, advising on governance, real estate and estate planning matters.


 Tara RosenTara Pic

Tara, her husband Stephen, and family moved to Uxbridge in 1999 as they wanted their 4 kids to grow up in a small town community. Her love for animals makes her driven to help in any way that she can to raise the funds for the new shelter.  She also volunteers with the Carroll County Animal Support in Kentucky, as 2 of their rescue dogs originated from that high kill shelter.  Everyone knows how much her fur babies mean to her.  Tara and family have rescued numerous animals over the years.  They currently have Bo, a boxer mix, Daisy, a black mouth curr, Bella a Bengal cat and Roxy, the bearded dragon. Tara, aside from being a Realtor, has volunteered in her youngest son’s school, on the Zephyr Board, several fundraisers, Relay for Life and more. She feels it’s important to give back to her community.

Ingrid Hilyer

Ingrid Hilyer

Ingrid Hilyer, husband Paul, and son Graham moved from Toronto to Scugog Island Port Perry in 1996.  Ingrid is a Realtor in Durham Region and is involved in many community causes.  As a young girl, her mom encouraged her to do volunteer work because “it is good for your soul”. She’s been doing so ever since. Ingrid is looking forward to applying her 30+ years Sales & Operations experience to help fulfill our vision of building a new animal shelter for our furry friends. Her orange tabby rescue cat of 19 years is Simbagirl and Ingrid is convinced she is part guard dog!



  Linda Villanova                   Linda Villanova

  Linda has been on board with the NASUS Fundraising committee since the
  beginning and has been involved with almost all events including; Gala’s, Walk a
 Thons (co-chaired last year), Garage Sale (co-organizer), Dog Days of Summer, Port
 Perry Fair, Williamsons car show, etc. Her 13 yr old daughter, Mikayla,  is also a  sometime’ volunteer and has raised the most money in NASUS Walk a Thons each
Linda is a long time banker who is currently a Sr Manager, Operations with Scotiabank in data analytics, and has been happily (not) commuting between Scarborough and Uxbridge for 17 years. Formerly a ‘cat person’ Linda, her husband and daughter welcomed a twice ‘re-homed’ pup, Kia, into their home a year ago and enjoys not being ignored by her new furry person.




 Debbie Leroux, Clerk, Uxbridge Township

Debbie Leroux currently serves the Township of Uxbridge as Clerk. She oversees the legislative requirements of the corporation including Council operations, bylaw control and animal control services. Debbie joined the Corporation in 2003 after working for the Municipality of Penetanguishene in the position of Deputy Clerk since 1997.

An avid baseball player and outdoors person, Debbie spends life outside of work participating in many extra curricular activities including keeping up with her active family and pets. They are Gus, the Chocolate Lab and Murphy and Riley, both Bernese Mountain Dogs. She also has a cat named Bella, who thinks she is a dog.

Nicole Wellsbury, Clerk, Scugog Township

Nicole Wellsbury currently serves the Township of Scugog as their Municipal Clerk. Nicole oversees a variety of areas including by-law enforcement and licensing, Information Technology, Communications, and Legislative Service/Governance.  Prior to joining the Township, Nicole worked as the Manager of Legislative Services/Deputy Clerk for the Town of Ajax.

Nicole lives in Port Perry and enjoys the many outdoor amenities and activities the community has to offer such as kayaking, biking and hiking.

Andre Gratton, Manager of By-law Services, Township of Uxbridge

Andre Gratton currently serves the Township of Uxbridge as the Manager of By-law Services. He oversees the enforcement of all municipal by-laws which includes Animal Services for both Uxbridge and Scugog Townships. Andre joined the Corporation in 2008 after working for the Town of Ajax as a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer and Senior Animal Services Officer. Since 2005.

An avid hockey player and outdoors person, Andre spends most of his free time outdoor with his family which includes as  German Short Haired Pointer “Berkley”

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