May 26th
Saying Goodbye to Kim

About four years ago, Kim McDonald was asked by our Interim Executive Director if she knew anyone who might be interested in the position of Senior Manager, Human Resources & Volunteers. As an animal lover and someone who had always worked in non-profits, Kim herself was interested in the role. Shortly thereafter, she made the leap and came on board. In this role, Kim oversees the recruitment, hiring and retention of both employees and volunteers.

For the past four years, Kim has enjoyed seeing the work culture get better and better.

“It’s a place where people want to work and volunteer,” she said.

For Kim, the most challenging parts of her job has been the busy summer season, also known as kitten season.

“Summers are busier and there’s also a mental health piece that goes along with that. We’ve come a long way in improving mental health and always try to focus on the positive outcomes.”

On the other hand, the most rewarding parts of her job has been employee satisfaction and happy tails.

“I read every one and enjoy seeing how the animals have settled in their homes.”

While she’ll miss the people and the atmosphere, she’s looking forward to retiring, putting her feet up, lounging by her pool, and spending more time with her cat and two dogs. When COVID-19 travel restrictions lift, she’s also hoping to visit her mother in Newfoundland, visit her son in Alberta and spend more time with her three granddaughters.

When asked if she has any advice for new employees at the humane society, she said, “if you come in with the right attitude, it’s an amazing place to work.”

Thank you for your years of service, Kim! All the best in this next chapter of life!