Board of Directors 2023 - 2024
Meet the hard-working and dedicated people who currently make up our elected / acclaimed officials.
Sylvia and her husband acquired their first Vizsla in 1978 and have been hooked since. She's been a VSO member since the 80’s, a founding member (1992) of Vizsla Canada Inc., a member of both the Canadian Kennel Club and Vizsla Club of America since 1991, and a contributor to Dogs in Canada magazine [now defunct] for about 5 years. She has also been VSO Editor since 2009, President since 2015 and manages the website. After moving to the rural Milton ON area in 1988, she bred 10 litters of Vizslas under the Varazs prefix; her last litter was born in 2011. Sylvia is a member of the Rio Salado Vizsla Club and Jumping Chollas Agility Club in Phoenix AZ (Arizona). Sylvia currently owns a young male Vizsla named "Rez" and trains and competes in agility, field, obedience, rally, sprinter, chase, and scent detection in Canada and the US.
Gary joined the VSO some 17 years ago after his wonderful “Vadasz” joined his family in 2003 and then later "Quest" born in 2008. Gary has participated in conformation, obedience, rally and field with his Vizslas in Canada and the US. He was a member of the North York Obedience Club for 15 years, as well as a trainer in their obedience classes and also served on their Board as Training Director, Treasurer, Trial Chair, and Training Secretary. While no longer on the NYOC Board, he is still on the training staff. In his past working life, Gary spent many years travelling the world in university and in various jobs, including at American Express in the US. He recently returned to York University for their certification program for Teaching English as a Second Language. Vadasz passed away on January 7, 2019 at the age of grand age of 16 years, 6 months and 2 weeks and Quest in 2021. Gary currently fosters a Vizsla for the VSO.
This is Marcia's 3rd term on the Board as Treasurer after joining the VSO in 2015. In addition to “keeping the books”, she has actively supported and assisted the club at field tests and Fun Day. By profession, she is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) and has worked for the last 10 years as VP Finance for Luminato, a not-for-profit arts festival in Toronto. She has been owned and loved by four Vizslas since 2005. Currently she and her husband share their home in Toronto with Willa and Willa's puppy Libby, born in 2018.
I have been a member of the Vizsla Society of Ontario since 2010 when I became the proud owner of my first Vizsla, Sherman. I joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and have served 4 terms as Secretary. In this capacity, I work closely and harmoniously with all Board members. I record and distribute the Minutes from all meetings and help to prepare the Agendas and other materials. I attend and volunteer at many different VSO events, including Specialty and Booster Shows, Field Tests, Fun Day and more. I also volunteer on the Rescue Committee and am Chair of the Nominations Committee. I have enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment, design and hospitality industries. I now have an active male puppy named "Spirit" to raise and train.
Caroline returns to the Board for a 3rd term. She has been owned and loved by 3 vizslas since 2005 when she was first introduced to the breed. Sadly. two have passed on but there is still one presently running her house. She has served the club on the Breeders’ Working Group, as Director, Vice President, Awards Co-ordinators, Team Rescue, and recently volunteered to be the Membership Coordinator. She has also done volunteer work for other non-profit organizations in the past (including many different positions for Community Care and Snow Country snowmobile association in District 6), office management work including accounting, and have some web management skills. She and her husband own a piece of property with over 50 acres in Northern Ontario where Caroline hunts with her dog. She LOVES this breed. With a Vizsla in your life, it’s a continuous adventure.
Stephanie has been a member of the VSO since 2018 and has served on the Board since 2021. She is owned by her loyal companion, a 12 year-old rescue Vizsla named “Kai”. She is also owned by 2 other rescue dogs and a cat. Stephanie is a key participant in the VSO’ rescue, fostering and rehoming program. She continues to assist with independent rescues of other breeds, as well. She is currently involved with two VSO rescue cases-- Whiskey and Nala and wishes to continue her work in rescuing Viszlas and any other dogs that deserve second, third or fourth chances to live.
David became acquainted with the breed in 2006 with the introduction to his first Vizsla. His wife is also a VSO member and they are currently ruled by two Vizslas. They joined the VSO in 2017 and this is David's second term as Director. David was introduced to the Conformation/Show ring and is having a great time showing their dogs. He has also volunteered at VSO field tests planting birds and has made many lovely metal prize tokens for our specialty shows. He's an Industrial Electrician by trade but work mostly in Design/Innovation/Repair of Robotic and Industrial Automation. David and his wife currently moved out to a large property in the Niagara peninsula.
Raven has been a Vizsla owner since 1998, a long time VSO member and past board member. Several amazing Vizslas have been a part of her life since childhood. She has participated in a variety of dog sports including conformation, field, obedience, rally-o, tracking, agility and trick titling more recently. As an avid upland game hunter she most enjoys spending time in the woods hunting for ruffed grouse with her Vizslas. Raven currently owns 3 male Vizslas, all related, Titan (who was in the Top 10 Rally-O standings in Canada in 2015), his 1/2 brother Brutus, and their great-nephew Vulcan. Raven and her family reside in Muskoka, always seeking adventure in the outdoors.