regional animal protection society

Board of Directors

The Regional Animal Protection Society is governed by a lay board of volunteer directors.

We are honoured to attract leading individuals from a range of professional discplines to ensure best practices in non-profit governance.

FEARN EDMONDS

Board President and Executive Board Member

Fearn has been with RAPS for more than 20 years (since it was Richmond Homeless Cats) and has been instrumental in the organization’s growth as it has become the large, multifaceted organization it is today. She brings a background in marketing, public relations and community social services and is committed to continuous learning and development to improve the various ways she benefits the animals and people she serves.

CATHERINE ELLSMERE

Vice President and Executive Board Member

Catherine has been involved with RAPS for more than 15 years and has served on the board for almost the entire time. She brings to the organization a strong business management, marketing and communications background, having worked in management and supervisory capacities for several large retail chains and having owned and operated her own successful business for the past 25 years.

MARGARET LEATHLEY

Secretary and Executive Board Member

Being on the RAPS board for more than a decade has equipped Margaret with knowledge of all the important facets of the organization and confirmed how important animal welfare is to her and all who volunteer beside her. The vision that has always driven RAPS as an organization is now ensuring even more achievements and seeing dreams become reality.

KEITH LIEDTKE

Treasurer and Executive Board Member

After 27 years in the travel tourism sector, Keith became licensed as a Realtor with REMAX in 2006. He enjoys serving his clients and giving back to his Richmond community. Keith serves on various not-for-profit Boards in Richmond. He is the past chair of the Gateway Theatre and Richmond Museum boards, former vice president of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board, and currently serves as a director of The Bayit Synagogue. Fundraising is a big part of Keith’s life.

REBEKA BREDER
B.A. JOINT HONOURS, J.D.

Board Member

Rebeka Breder has been recognized as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers. She is possibly the country’s foremost expert in animal law. Rebeka has extensive experience in animal law litigation and in the animal protection movement. She founded Breder Law, Western Canada’s first law firm to focus exclusively on animal law. Rebeka acts exclusively in matters that can develop the rights and welfare of animals.

JOE DASILVA

Board Member

Joe Dasilva is the former Director, Corporate Communications, for Richmond’s Ebco Group of Companies. Joe recently retired from his 43 years (1977-2020) of service to Ebco founders Helmut and Hugo Eppich. Joe is a strong believer in RAPS’ no-kill mandate and is joining the RAPS Board of Directors because of his love for animals and his desire to see the success for RAPS’ cat and dog sanctuary projects and the expansion of the RAPS Animal Hospital.

AYELET WEIL

Board Member

Ayelet has an impressive background in non-profit management, community relations and development. Her extensive charity, board governance and operational expertise will lend well to assist RAPS with meeting the highest standards in dealing with policies, protocols and human resources issues, especially when it comes to conflict resolution and mediation issues, with marketing, public relations and development/fundraising. 

Members of the RAPS Board of Directors are volunteers who bring combined decades of expertise in their respective fields.

These dedicated individuals oversee the governance of the organization, ensure adherence to the RAPS mission and guide the direction of this beloved community asset.