Alison Archambault, President
Alison joined National Service Dogs’ Board of Directors in 2010 bringing with her a wealth of experience in corporate governance, communications and the non-profit sector. Alison is the Director of Brand and Stakeholder Engagement for Connect First Credit Union where her professional portfolio includes brand, marketing, communications and media relations.
Alison is passionate about animal welfare and helping individuals with special needs realize their full potential. She currently serves on the boards of National Service Dogs and the Southern Alberta Rottweiler Rescue (Vice Chair), she is also the Head Evaluator for the Pet Access League Society in Calgary.
Graham Hunt, Vice President & Treasurer
Joining National Service Dogs’ Board of Directors in 2012, Graham brings significant experience in the areas of business and finance from his tenure as a professional accountant. His current role as General Manager, Finance and Operations at V.Fraas Manufacturing involves the oversight of the day to day operations of the Accounts Payable and Merchandise Accounting areas, in addition to being involved with numerous cross functional business teams which cover all aspects of the organization.
Graham’s previous Board experience includes being Treasurer of the Clarington Minor Hockey Association, Past President and Executive Member of the Royal St. George’s College Alumni Association and past Board member of the Acadia Alumni Association. As well, he has held various volunteer coaching positions within his community’s minor league hockey and lacrosse associations.
Gloria Kovach, Director
As the former Director of Operations at Homewood Health Centre, Gloria brings an extensive background working in mental health and addictions. She is dedicated to raising awareness of PTSD and working to eliminate stigmas. She is part of the emergency services and military family.
Gloria retired from City Council after serving the citizens of Guelph for 24 years. She has contributed to numerous Boards and Commissions. She is President Emeritus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) where she was instrumental in advancing the diverse needs of cities and communities across Canada including securing ongoing funding for enhancing infrastructure. Gloria has worked internationally in Uganda, Czech Republic, Viet Nam and El Salvador and has spoken worldwide. She has been recognized by the United Nations for her work in building sustainable communities and for her contributions to peace initiatives.
Aubrey Walters, Director
Aubrey Walters has been the Director of Community Engagement and Marketing for Grand River Hospital for two years. In her time at the hospital, Aubrey has developed the organization’s brand and created a marketing strategy that is designed to raise the organization’s profile in support of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
Prior to being recruited to her position at the hospital, Aubrey had been the President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region for three years and Vice President of Operations for the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
Adam Saperia, Director
A long-time supporter of National Service Dogs, Adam joined the Board of Directors in 2016. In addition to having organized and hosted fundraisers for NSD since 2009 which have generated over $30,000 in donations, Adam brings to the Board years of experience in helping small organizations quickly grow. After receiving his MBA from the prestigious Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Adam has taken on senior management roles in the healthcare field, serving diverse patient groups with unique needs. Adam is currently the President of GrowWise Health and was responsible for developing the organization’s vision and brand.
Adam is passionate about helping those in need. Along with his work for NSD, he volunteers for a national organization that supports children with life-threatening medical conditions and supports a grassroots charity working with young adults with developmental disabilities.
Warren Barlow, Director
Originally from London, Ontario, Warren lives in wonderful Cambridge, with his wife and two young children. Warren works for the Region of Waterloo’s Grand River Transit as a Transit Scheduler, where he pursues his passion of active transportation alternatives. He is also currently on the City of Cambridge’s Cycling Focus Group.
In addition to his board responsibilities, Warren and his family have been puppy raisers for NSD as well as weekend sitters. Warren and his young son can often be seen looking skyward to watch airplanes flying overhead.
Julie Warren, Director
Julie’s currently works for the Regional Finance Department with Fastenal Canada, a team she’s been proud to work with for the past 10 years. Julie has a big heart for animals and a passion for helping those with special needs, especially children.
Julie and her husband have two children and two fun-loving Australian Kelpies. In her spare time, she sits on the board of directors for the Working Australian Kelpie Club of Canada. In addition to her board responsibilities, Julie volunteers her time as a puppy/weekend sitter for NSD.
Sarah Heiser-Foleanu, Director
Sarah joined National Service Dogs’ Board of Directors in 2015 and brought with her significant experience in risk management, corporate governance & compliance and brand marketing. Most of her twenty year insurance career has been with Heartland Farm Mutual (formerly North Waterloo Farmers Mutual), in the capacity of Underwriting Manager. Looking for a new challenge, Sarah made the move from underwriting into marketing two years ago.
Sarah currently holds two professional designations: Certified Risk Manager and Chartered Insurance Professional. She has continued with her professional development and completed the Ontario Management Development Program at Conestoga College and attended the Schulich School of Business for Strategic Brand Management and E-Marketing Strategies.
Dr. Jackie Bowcott, Special Advisor
In her role as Special Advisor to NSD’s Board of Directors, Dr. Bowcott brings a portfolio of education centred around veterinary medicine. A certified DVM and owner of a small animal practice in Oxford County, Dr. Bowcott contributes her expertise to numerous animal welfare agencies including several humane societies, and Friends of the Orphans Canada.
Dr. Jackie and her husband make their home in rural Ontario, along with their children and menagerie of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and chickens.
NSD Ambassador, Robbie D. Sprules, Lord of Wrentnall, KGCStG, OHG, QEIIDJM
Robbie D. Sprules is a founding partner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Taylor|Sprules Corporation, an International Design and Branding enterprise.
He has led creative and business teams as ‘partnering groups’ within and outside of traditional and non-traditional corporate structures, and is a proponent of linked-team services. He holds a BAA in Design, an MA in Administration & Management, is a Practicing Professional Member of the IDSA (US), ACIDO, GDC, ARIDO, IIDA (NYC), a Director (Ret.) of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, Brevet Major of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, York Garrison, Protocol Officer and Captain of the Honourable Guard & Field Units. As a keynote speaker and guest lecturer on International Brand Development and MasterLook™ strategies, he has worked with many of the nation’s most influential business and government leaders. He designed and proposed the first complete renovation of Toronto’s Union Station, has designed a number of vernacular buildings in Canada, has been appointed as Strategic Counsel for a wide number of International Corporations, and was a former part time Professor of Design (Ret.) at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Ryerson University.
The Lord of Wrentnall was a key player in raising funds for the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial, working with the Mayor of Quinte West and the Base Commander of CFB Trenton. He is a member of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.