The former executive director of the North Bay and District Humane Society starts as a senior manager of the Ontario SPCA today. Daryl Vaillancourt is the OSPCA’s new Senior Director, Humane Programs and Community Outreach official. Although Vaillancourt will remain based in North Bay, he’ll travel to the SPCA head office in Newmarket two to three times a week. In addition, he’ll be driving across the province visiting the various societies. Vaillancourt says one of his goals is to make sure the organization doesn’t forget about the people. “It’s the kind of business where all the focus is on the animals and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Vaillancourt said. “But we also need to remember the people who donate and speak well of us and also post nice things on social media.”
Vaillancourt says another issue is trying to increase the number of investigators who look into animal cruelty cases. He says right now there are only 90 investigators to handle all the cases across the province. Vaillancourt says this is a matter that needs to be discussed with the province to ensure there’s more support for this group. In the years Vaillancourt spent at the local branch, revenue doubled, there’s now a clinic on site and the facility offers reasonably priced spayed and neutering services. On what he’ll miss at the North Bay office, Vaillancourt says it’s the one-on-one interaction he had with the people.