Our Team

Director | President

Liz Wheeler is a passionate animal advocate who is dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community. In the past five years, her enthusiasm for connecting people and animals together has led her to a career as a professional fundraiser. She has completed a certificate in Animal Welfare from Thompson Rivers University and a certification in Anthrozoology at the University of Windsor. Liz is the philanthropy officer at Faunalytics. She is the founder of Secondhand Stories, a non-profit bookshop that has raised and donated $22k for her local farm animal sanctuary. She is the creator of Ottawa For The Animals, an advocacy initiative that interviews experts on animal protection topics. She is a cat mom and dedicated feline enthusiast. When she’s not busy advocating for animals, she enjoys snacking on delicious vegan food and reading in her backyard hammock with her husband.

You can reach Liz at info@vegottawa.org

Director | Vice President

Honestly, I can’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t adore animals. So much so, that my husband and I spent over a dozen years volunteering in rescue, everything from Board Member to Foster (and everything in between). Over the years we also really began to see the disconnect between the attitudes towards the beloved furry family member and the equally important other beings that share our planet. This led us to shy away from that lifestyle, beginning with Pescatarian to eventual Veganism. Thankfully my husband is an amazing cook, and embraced the challenge of making vegan versions of our favourite foods. That skill has helped us to encourage many to try vegan options. I attended Wilfrid Laurier University, getting a degree in Communication Studies with a second major in Psychology. Though I’m medically retired, I have had an interesting, diverse career, teaching ESL in Korea, the Insurance Industry and a variety of roles and departments within the federal Government. I love using my experience and skills to champion a variety of causes and am thrilled to have joined  this amazing, passionate group. I, and all four of my fur babies (pups Cocoa and Max and kitties Zazu and Charlie) look forward to working with all of you. 

You can reach Karen at vicepresident@vegottawa.org

Director | Secretary

Caitlin is a compassionate animal lover who believes that all animals are deserving of freedom and love. She has been a vegan and an animal rights advocate for approximately 6 years and has had careers in animal medicine and welfare. Caitlin is active in the Ottawa Vegan community and she enjoys taking part in the many events held in the city. She also volunteers with a local dog rescue and is a proud fur mom to her rescue dog and cat. Caitlin loves to bake vegan goodies and share them with her friends and for fundraisers. She sponsors a goat named Big Momma at The Sweet Sanctuary Animal Rescue.

You can reach Caitlin at secretary@vegottawa.org

Director | Treasurer

Mark is a licensed financial services professional for close to 5 years, starting shortly after transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. Mark has a passion for sustainability, the environment, and helping anyone and everyone accomplish their financial goals. It is with these combined passions he has made impact in the community through Socially Responsible Investments (you may have already worked with him, or at least heard him go on and on about it). Mark has served the VegOttawa board in the past, greatly looks forward to the future of this organization, and is proud to serve once again.

You can reach Mark at treasurer@vegottawa.org

Director | Membership Coordinator

You can reach Dee at memberships@vegottawa.org

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer or advisor? Send us an email at info@vegottawa.org!