cutline: BC SPCA volunteer president Cindy Soules (left) and BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell (right) present Williams Lake SPCA branch manager Liz Dighton with a 2012 Branch of the Year award at the society's AGM in Vancouver June 2.

cutline: BC SPCA volunteer president Cindy Soules (left) and BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell (right) present Williams Lake SPCA branch manager Liz Dighton with a 2012 Branch of the Year award at the society's AGM in Vancouver June 2.

Williams Lake BC SPCA receives award

The Williams Lake BC SPCA received a 2012 Branch of the Year award at the SPCA's AGM in Vancouver June 2.

The Williams Lake BC SPCA received a 2012 Branch of the Year award at the SPCA’s AGM in Vancouver June 2.

Each year, the award is presented to one of the society’s 36 branches that has excelled in its operations, fundraising efforts, volunteer support, and community outreach.

BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell says that despite the economic uncertainty that faced communities across B.C. last year, the local branch managed to not only meet its budget but surpass it by $27,000.

“Under the expert leadership of manager Liz Dighton, the Williams Lake Branch maintained a strong 10-member volunteer community council, increased their adoption rate by 11 per cent, and increased branch fundraising by an impressive 51 per cent,” said Daniell, who also praises the local shelter for its ongoing collaboration with local government to find solutions to animal welfare issues in the community and its efforts to reduce pet overpopulation through cost spay/neuter programs. “The efforts made by our Williams Lake branch staff and volunteers have resulted in a significant increase in awareness and support for animals in need in this important region. We are very proud of all that they have accomplished.”

The BC SPCA Awards program honours both people and animals who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare during the past year. Recipients include veterinarians, staff, volunteers, and animal heroes.

The non-profit BC SPCA cares for nearly 32,000 abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals each year in B.C.

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