Following the magnitude 7 earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, a group of caring individuals were struck by the devastation and continued decline in human and animal health. We formed V.A.S.T., a humanitarian veterinary charitable organization based out of Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
Our long-term vision is to set up supportive, educational clinics in rural areas of disaster-struck developing countries that rarely see veterinary or animal husbandry services. These clinics teach local animal husbandry workers how to recognise key diseases early, implement prevention strategies, and treat ongoing cases.
We transport and administer vital veterinary medicines and supplies to these communities including vaccination and deworming treatments. We educate whole families on animal management and health options to improve living conditions for themselves and their livestock.
It is essential that all members of the community feel empowered and involved in rebuilding their agricultural sector. We are committed to building communities of resilient, informed, connected and uplifted people through the animals that provide the foundation of their security.
Our team has a variety of backgrounds, and includes veterinarians, animal husbandry technicians, agricultural specialists, an economic advisor, two accountants, a lawyer, a mechanic, a graphic design specialist/photographer, a social worker and a nurse.
Board members reside in all four Western provinces.
Publicity advisor - Jeff is from Alberta and though he is just starting to get his feet wet with V.A.S.T. he has a myriad of ideas... that he will initiate once he finishes his treks through the desert, the mountains and everything in between.
Fundraising - Dr. Marina is from Vancouver Island, BC. While attempting to complete her MSc in Epidemiology from the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK, she also coordinates family, work, making balloon animals and tracking down potential new sponsors for V.A.S.T.
Executive Secretary - From Saskatchewan, Dr. Rayna finds joy in staying warm, smelling the roses, and keeping Canada free of infectious diseases (not necessarily in that order). She is working towards learning to play the nose flute
Fundraising - Dr. Jessica is from Bowen Island, BC, and thrives on crazy deadlines and high pressure. Though she should have gone into politics or at the very least trauma medicine, she has lately developed a love for teaching the next generation of veterinarians. (perhaps the stress has gotten to her a bit?). She currently is based with the SPCA in Fiji, making a difference one day at a time
Fundraising and Supply Acquisition - our amazing team works hard to ensure that all of our events run smoothly, as well as that our teams have all of the equipment and supplies that might be needed to overcome any given situation. An incredible group, they bring excitement and vitality to even the most mundane of tasks, and can virtually pull an event together in short notice and sweet talk even the most hardened hearts into making a global difference.
Executive Director -
Dr. Jasmine is from Alberta, and other than currently finishing her PhD in epidemiology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, she spends most of her time out wandering with her camera or contemplating the universe
Programming - Originally from Alberta, Rick is a beekeeper, minister, prime mover and motivator, and the driving force behind V.A.S.T. Between juggling family, two businesses and multiple other responsibilities, he barely has time for Suduko, let alone helping organise V.A.S.T. trips, yet somehow makes it all happen
Executive Treasurer - Dr. Tyra is from Manitoba and is an athlete, enjoying swimming, biking, running, and triathlons, as well as philosophy. She believes in always trying your best so moments are more meaningful and failure is easier to deal with
Fundraising - Dr. Amanda is from Manitoba and took a bit of a hiatus to get married and have a baby. Still an avid supporter, she is full of ideas for streamlining workshops and teaching new students
Communications - Tobi is from Saskatchewan and handy with all things mechanical. While timing seems to run on his own schedule, he still manages to pull most things off
Finances - Michelle was born in Alberta, but finished school in SK. She balances keeping V.A.S.T. on the financial straight and narrow with family, fitness, work, home renovations and her newfound dream of sky diving