SPCA dog walker’s honour well earned

Re: Dog companion a B.C. standout (News, May 11)

Congratulations to Ivana Halliday for her well-deserved recognition as the BC SPCA’s volunteer of the year.

Halliday’s dedication and commitment to the dogs at the Victoria shelter have helped so many of them find new families and the happy, safe and content lives that they deserve.

As a former dog walker, I remember the first time I saw her at the shelter. It was a rainy, cold, windy December morning and the dogs, after being inside all night, excitedly wagged their tails with a “pick me!” expression.

Halliday encouraged the morning team, everyone laughed and smiled at her energy. And yes, the dogs had a long morning walk in spite of the elements, ensuring that they had social interaction, so important to prepare for adoption.

While being a dog walker, I had a chance to get to know and observe the people who work at and take their time to volunteer at this truly special and compassionate organization.

I am proud to live in Victoria for many reasons, one of them due to its well- known reputation for being a leader in the adoption of abandoned, lost and abused animals.

Sincere thanks to Halliday and the other volunteers for their ongoing time and effort to ensure that these dogs are kept as mentally, emotionally and physically healthy as possible during their time at the shelter.

Cindy Trytten


Just Posted

Chinese Culture to light up 2019 Victoria Day Parade

Groups hopes Greater Victorians ‘view the culture, embrace the friendship’

Struggling Victoria adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Royal and McPherson Society pleads its case to Victoria council

‘Dark days’ at Royal, user groups’ weekend priorities make scheduling other entertainment challenging

Uplands Park champion to earn provincial award

B.C. Community Award for Margaret Lidkea coincides with Sunday’s volunteer celebration

Oak Bay Sgt. struggles through emotional testimony in double murder trial

Andrew Berry is charged with second-degree murder in deaths of daughters Chloe (6) and Aubrey (4)

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Island-born Snowbirds pilot enjoying homecoming in skies over Comox

Logan Reid once stood clinging onto the fence outside the Comox Air… Continue reading

Attack on student in Courtenay ‘way more than bullying’, says mom

A Comox Valley mother said “it was way more than bullying” at… Continue reading

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

Most Read