Who We Are

Lakes Animal Friendship Society (LAFS) is a Canadian non-profit working to improve the lives of companion animals in our local communities in northern BC.  We are a registered charity in Canada.

We believe that happy, healthy animals are part of happy, healthy families and communities.

Our Board of Directors

Valerie Ingram & Alistair Schroff

Valerie Ingram is a certified teacher and president of the Lakes Animal Friendship Society (LAFS).  She has twenty years of experience teaching all grade levels but spent much of her career teaching kindergarten. A lifelong love of animals and a commitment to teaching care, compassion and respect made humane education a logical career move—even at no pay! Valerie volunteers in classrooms around the community and northwest BC.  She also mentors others who volunteer in communities across the region.

Valerie’s husband Alistair Schroff is a forester and volunteer with LAFS.  While he has difficulty keeping up with Valerie’s passion and enthusiasm, he brings some business experience and helps with community cat house building, bookkeeping, proposal writing and whatever else needs doing!

Valerie and Alistair joined forces with Hayley Nielsen to start Lakes Animal Friendship Society in 2009.

Hayley Neilsen - 2012

Hayley Nielsen is a member of the Nee Tahi Buhn band and former RCMP officer. A long-time animal lover, Hayley has helped many community members with pet food, fostering of animals and re-homed animals in need of forever homes. Her husband Ken built the first doghouse for the LAFS Doghouse Project.

Our board includes Ramona Skin of the Skin Tyee Nation and Brad Bell, a local college instructor.

Our Program Coordinators

Christina Wingfield

Christina Wingfield lives in Burns Lake with her husband James, son Arlan and her rescued dog Eevie. She is an animal advocate with a passion for animal welfare and animal behaviour. She previously volunteered with a number of dog rescue organizations and worked/volunteered for the Victoria branch of the BC SPCA for nine years. During her work with the SPCA, she spent two years learning about applied animal behaviour and learning theory and used this knowledge to work with many of the animals in care.

Julie Harrison lives on a ranch near Burns Lake with her husband, four dogs, two cats and two horses. From a young age she knew she wanted to work with animals! She went to college for a veterinary assistant diploma and was inspired to get into training by her adopted dog Sam. Julie has worked for the Comox Valley SPCA, in vet clinics, and in her own business Roving Dog Adventures and Training. She loves helping people understand dogs and is looking forward to bringing her dog Clive into our local classrooms!