LONDON, ON, June 4, 2019 — Humane Society London & Middlesex is pleased to announce that Julie Olley, one of our dedicated, long-term volunteers, has been named the recipient of the OSPCA Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who consistently exemplify outstanding volunteer commitment to Animal Welfare.
“Julie’s patience with each animal she interacts with, and the way she is able to celebrate small victories, is what makes Julie stand out and deserving of this award,” says Emily Bunney, HSLM Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator.
Emily nominated Julie for this prestigious award because of her kindness, compassion and positive attitude.
“Volunteering at Humane Society London & Middlesex has been my passion for over 12 years. What brought me to HSLM is my belief that every animal should have a second chance to find a forever home. Some of my activities have included adoption events, Bark in The Park Festival, Bingo fundraisers, and year-round Pets Gifts, where I make about 1000 cat toys each year and sell them at various venues,” says Julie. “My favourite volunteer role has always been working directly with the animals, specifically the socialization of cats that are available for adoption, and recently an enrichment program for pre-adoptive cats, which is the most rewarding project that I have ever been involved in. Thank you to the staff at Humane Society London & Middlesex for their guidance, compassion and trust. It has been a privilege to work alongside so many devoted volunteers who have become wonderful friends. I would like to dedicate this award to my parents who always believed in me and would be very proud of this accomplishment.”
This prestigious award for volunteer excellence was publically announced at the 2019 Ontario SPCA Educational Conference on June 2, 2019.