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Changing Of The Guard At Mission’s Only Cat Shelter

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Mission – Celia Durst, shelter manager for more than 7 years, resigned her position in June and will be moving to Vancouver Island “To spend some time by the beach”. Durst says she will miss all the volunteers and visitors who stop by to see the cats and chat.

Durst is well known in the community for her work advocating for mission’s homeless and abused cats.

In the 7 years that Durst worked as executive director, she raised the profile of the society and worked hard to highlight the crucial role the Shelter plays in the community.

It was a daunting task, but the results of her dedication are clear to everyone who visits the shelter where they are greeted by a clean, organized environment and comfortable spaces for the cats. Celia will be greatly missed by staff, Volunteers, board and supporters of the FVHS.

Amanda Dixon took over Celia’s position in July and comes to the shelter with an impressive background in rescue work with animals. She has over 15 years of veterinary assistant experience and 3 years teaching experience at West Coast College of healthcare. She has also worked for the S.P.C.A. and Delta Community Animal Shelter.

Dixon plans to continue Celia’s programs and implement many positive changes. “I am looking forward to the challenges and I think the FVHS has a bright future ahead of it”. Dixon is excited to see so many dedicated volunteers and community support. She is looking forward to recruiting more volunteers in the next few months.

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