Our Leadership Team

At the heart of every successful organization are the people who work tirelessly to support the mission and vision set out. Great leaders lend their strength and talents to provide inspiration and guidance through every decision.

We proudly introduce you to our senior leadership team at EHS:

Chief Executive Officer

Liza Sunley

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Since joining EHS at the start of 2019, Liza has leveraged her long history in non-profit leadership towards the goal of development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan. Utilizing her skills in management and planning, Liza is dedicated to supporting the community, EHS staff, and the animals in their care. Previously opening her home to fostered dogs and using services such as Central Bark and Muddy Paws Dog Wash for her animals, joining EHS was a perfect fit.

Before EHS, Liza shared her talents as the Chief Operating Officer at Bissell Centre, overseeing all programs and services for this inner-city non-profit, supporting people living in poverty. She was also Executive Director at the Lurana Shelter Society, a local refuge providing safety and supports for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. As a dedicated local leader and spokesperson for Ovarian Cancer Canada, Liza was recognized by YWCA Edmonton with a Women of Distinction Award.

As a child, Liza was always passionate about wanting a pet but with a father in the air force, frequent moves made this a challenge. Her first pet came in grade 6 with a hamster named Fifi. Since then, her love of animals has only grown. She enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, sunny days with the family cats (Chester & Candy) – both adopted from EHS – as well as taking her adopted dog (Ruby) to the park.

Director, Donor and Stakeholder Relations

Debbie Buchynski

Debbie joined EHS in May 2019, bringing with her experience in fund development, communications, and management gained through a progressive career in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Overseeing fund development, communications and marketing, humane education and community engagement she is focused on empowering her teams to implement positive change for the organization.

Growing up in a small town, Debbie learned the value of community and giving back. She is a firm believer that everyone has a responsibility to help others whenever possible. Continuing to live by this belief, she actively supports numerous organizations both personally and professionally.

As avid animal lovers, Debbie and her daughter Bailey enjoy spending time with the family animals: a cat (Little Girl), two dogs (Hugo & Lily), a rabbit (George), and fish (Fred). Recently they expanded the family with the addition of two hamsters, aptly named Hammy 1 & Hammy 2. Debbie’s other passions include scrapbooking and exploring family history through genealogy.

Director, Administration

Mike Foote, DBTMc

Mike joined EHS bringing with him experience from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) K-9 and Tactical Divisions. Building an incredible relationship with his K-9 partner allowed him to tap into a deeper connection with animals.

Animal welfare and public service runs in Mike’s blood. As a youth, Mike’s parents operated the London Humane Society and his uncle later operated the Scarborough Humane Society. Exposure to animals at a young age helped inform his decision to join the K-9 unit where he really witnessed the incredible acts animals are capable of.

Having joined EHS in early 2019 as the Manager of the Behaviour and the Canine Enrichment Centre, he accepted the Director of Administration position in June 2020, overseeing IT and facilities. When not busy with ensuring things are running smoothly at EHS, Mike enjoys spending time with his family and pets, especially playing fetch and doing scent work with his Shepard, Xena.

Director, of Operations

Amy MacKinnon, MBA

Joining the EHS team in July 2020, Amy brings a career history and personal passion for supporting vulnerable populations, human and non-human, and was most recently the Executive Director of the Paralympic Sports Association.

With her new role at EHS she will focus on the growth and management of the organization, supporting the Animal Care, Medical, Behaviour, Daycare and Bingo’s Pet Shop teams in the implementation of program and process improvements, and working towards the strategic priorities. In addition, her extensive knowledge of Social Enterprise will bring further strength to the many programs that already support the organization.

Growing up with a love for animals, Amy has been the proud pet parent of many cats, a faithful canine companion of 14 years, Gator, and most recently adopted a Husky cross puppy named Kaya. Outside of work she enjoys spending time socializing Kaya to some of her favorite activities such as kayaking, hiking, biking, and running.

Director, of Finance & HR

Connie Muller, CPA,CMA, CCA, FCP

Prior to EHS, Connie worked for SCM Insurance Services. Her diverse experience has provided teams and management with support ensuring timely and accurate financial data combined with analysis, process improvements and IT options.

With EHS she continues her mission to implement improvements and process efficiencies. Embracing her role as the Director of Finance & Human Resources, she seeks to foster a nurturing environment for all staff that consists of thoughtful leadership, recognition, and growth, by leveraging her skills in team building and mentorship.

Having grown up on the family farm and surrounded by wildlife, Connie was introduced to animals at a young age with everything from kittens, rabbits, and dogs, to livestock. In her free time, Connie enjoys gardening, travel, and a variety of creative pursuits.

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