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Debra Therrien

Founder and President

Here at BARC's we work daily to save the most vulnerable from "the list" from all over North America. None of this would be possible if not for the hard work and dedication of our foster, volunteers and adopters. You all play an important role in our continued success.

Debra has numerous certificates and courses completed including:
​Knowledge and experience help us become successful.

Thank you for helping us save the lives of those most vulnerable.

Cheryl Meeder

Vice President and Adoptions

Cheryl is well versed in medical issues and finds enjoyment in researching canine health issues as well as watching full surgical videos. She enjoys walking with her dogs, is an avid reader of romance and a great cook.

Michelle Hogg

Advocacy Director

Jerry Hogg

Special Initiatives Director

My whole family works with BARC's together. It was a decision that we all came too after much discussion. For me, personally, I needed to feel like I was doing good somewhere, and that what I did mattered.

I am a mom of 2 kids; Liz (18) and Nick (15) and wife to Jerry. We started off deciding to be fosters with BARC's.....and talk about getting thrown into the fire. Our first day even meeting with anyone with BARC's started with us transporting a dog to High River while Debbie and Barb took another foster to the vets because of an emergency.

It was then that we decided to jump in, head first and Chunk became the first of many fosters. Since then we have helped out with many adoption events, helped connect many families with their new fosters off of transport, fostered many of our own dogs, volunteered with Pet Expo and helped with fundraising.

We are the ones that get the calls/texts at all hours if there is an emergency and a dog needs to be moved for whatever reason. We then take that pooch to a different foster family, or add them to our pack until they find their forever home.

Jerry is the one that you will see when we do a transport as he talks to the new and anxious foster families about what to expect, what to do, and yep, even what not to do.

Liz and Nick both do their share too. Nick likes to help load and unload our storage unit and show off his muscles, while Liz is the one you will see at adoption events. She is the one that will take the dogs for a much needed break from time to time.

Kris Hanson

Inventory and Donations Coordinator

Amanda Hanson

Data Entry

Hello, we are Amanda and Kris. Family is priority for us, whether it is our blend of 5 children, our extended family, or the BARC's extended family. We have been officially involved with animal rescues for about 2 years. Unfortunately the rescue world is not always rainbows and unicorns, we have felt the sadness of having to say goodbye to very young puppies that contracted distemper, dogs being stolen, and having to say goodbye when others are adopted. We have also had the pleasure of having 7 puppies born on our bedroom floor, watching them grow and finally going to their forever homes. We have taken in emergency fosters to save them from harm or another bad situation. In 4.5 days we travelled from Calgary to Texas and back, covering 6400 km in order to make a difference in 49 dogs lives.

Amanda is one of the people behind the scenes of Facebook, Petstablished, and data entry. Kris deals with Alberta events, fundraising/ sponsorships, donations, inventory control. There isn’t much we won’t do for the dogs.

Our goals:

Ginette Gignac

Community Relations Director

I have been blessed to know the BARC's team since day 1 of operation. I had the opportunity of working with Debra (Founder) to aid in training her personal dogs prior to the foundation of BARCS Rescue. I have been working with and rehabilitating dogs for approximately 10 years. I am the proud owner and operator of The Balanced Bark; a canine training, daycare and grooming facility. I am fortunate enough to be one of BARCS go- to volunteer trainers and thrive off every opportunity to do so. I am a huge Calgary Flames fans, and my dogs are my puck bunnies! I am known at the local Walmart as "The dog lady". My goal in life, is to make a difference, one dog at a time.

Jocelyn Allison

Data Entry and Social Media Manager

I’ve just recently become involved with BARC’s for data entry and social media work. I have fostered two pups in the past with BARC’s both of which I would have foster failed if it wasn’t for my best friend adopting the first one and the second one having puppies while I was getting married, ha! I have three pups myself, a mom, dad (arranged marriage we say haha) and one of their accidental litter of puppies (dad knew he was going to the vet in two days and had to make a litter apparently)!

I’ve currently had a little baby girl so I am adjusting to that life and hoping to foster again in the future.

I also work for a Pet walking/sitting company in the Elk Valley. This helps with my doggy love as I would have a houseful/property full of just dogs given the opportunity!

Mary Johnston-McFarlane

East Kootenay Foster Coordinator

Hi there, I'm Mary Johnston - McFarlane, born and raised Cranbrook resident, mother of two beautiful kids. My family and I have been part of BARC's Rescue since November 2016 when we fostered our very first dog for BARC's. Late in 2019 I became the East Kootenay foster coordinator to help place incoming dogs into amazing foster homes in the area. I love being able to help animals which has always be a huge passion of mine.

Bev Reid

Calgary Foster Coordinator

I am one of the Foster Coordinators in Calgary “Do not hesitate to ask me any questions.” After I retired from a demanding career I struggled to find something of value to occupy my time. We then lost both our dogs within 18 months of each other and the house became far too quiet. I started fostering with BARC's in November 2018 and moved onto the core team in March 2020. I just love what I am doing. I enjoy gardening, knitting and I am the Treasurer on our condominium board.

Jenette Watts

I officially joined the BARC's team in November 2014, after being involved as a foster mom. I have since taken a step back from BARC's and now only do the website, Kijiji postings and Petfinder. My husband and I have been fostering dogs since 2011, which was when I initially met Deb (before BARC's was founded!). We've had many foster pups over the years.

We have four dogs, three shih tzus, who are all rescues, Milo, Autumn and Maddie, ages 13, 7 and 13. We also have a shih tzu/bichon named Theo who is 18 years old. We also have 4 cats currently, all rescues as well.

Aaron Milligan

Hey, I'm Aaron Milligan born and raised in Calgary and a huge nerd, I've always loved animals but it wasn't until I married my best friend that my eyes were opened to ways that I could help save them from the nasty humans in the world both fluffy and exotic alike. I am now a proud animal papa to 9 pets. on my "down time" I enjoy playing board games and working in my wood shop.

Genevieve Milligan

Hi, I'm Genevieve Milligan but everyone just calls me Gen. I've had dogs all my life and have always loved animals more than most people. I'm lucky enough to be a stay at home animal mom and thanks to my husband I've been able to open my home and heart to a few exotics as well as the fluffy ones. When I can I love to go on adventures to new places and the only downside to living in Alberta is that the ocean isn't close enough.

Amanda Steed

Amanda has been involved with BARC’s since December 2019 when she foster failed (adopted after the first day of fostering) her rescue dog Jojo. She is an avid animal lover who loves to spend her time reading and being with her family. You will find Amanda behind the scenes on our Social Media team by answering DM’s making posts and updating our followers with information. So, if you follow us, you have most likely engaged with her!

“My life changed for the better once Jojo came into my life and was searching for a way to pass it forward when BARC’s reached out looking for volunteers. Since then I have been engaged in the Social Media for the rescue and helping wherever else I can.”