RSPCA WA Appoints New Board Members at AGM

RSPCA WA Appoints New Board Members at AGM

RSPCA WA held its Annual General Meeting Friday 27 October at the Animal Care Centre in Malaga.

Two vacant board positions were filled by qualified nominated members Michelle Mackenzie (returning board member) and Michelle De Ronchi.

Society President and Chair, Lynne Bradshaw, welcomed Members at the AGM together with Board Members and the RSPCA WA Executive Team, headed by CEO David van Ooran.

Michelle Mackenzie is a returning Board Member, with a passion for animal welfare who is driven to end cruelty to animals. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy.

Michelle De Ronchi has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in the health and aged care sectors. She is currently CEO of St Ives Home Care. Michelle is an avid animal lover who shares her home with three dogs, two cats and a chicken.

Michelle Mackenzie   Michelle De Ronchi

RSPCA WA, the largest animal welfare charity in Western Australia, relies on the kindness and generosity of the community to raise over 95% of its operating revenue.

Comments attributed to Michelle Mackenzie:

Having lived in regional and metropolitan WA, I am committed to addressing animal welfare issues across the State, including companion animals, wildlife, intensive farming and live export.  I believe by working with our members, government, animal welfare groups, industry, and the community, we can stop animal cruelty and foster economic development.

Comments attributed to Michelle De Ronchi:

I believe people should ‘adopt, don't shop’ and that community engagement and education are key to effecting positive change in animal welfare, as well as tougher penalties for animal cruelty. 

Key achievements of RSPCA WA in 2016-17 include:

  • 16,052 cruelty reports received (equates to between 40-50 calls per day)
  • 5,879 active investigations
  • Inspectors travelled over 309,000km – approximately 9 times around the world
  • 13 successful prosecutions and forfeitures
  • 6,526 vet consultations, including 735 animals de-sexed
  • 3,125 children reached through education programs
  • 520 free pet health checks administered at Community Action Days
  • 1,177 animals rehomed, including 626 cats and kittens, 379 dogs and puppies and 18 horses
RSPCA WA's Annual Report, which details its achievements and financial position, is available to download here.


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