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Board of Directors 2023 - 2024

Meet the hard-working and dedicated people who currently make up our elected / acclaimed officials. 

Historical Record of Boards from 2005 - 2018

The Executive

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Sylvia Dorosh

President

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 lifetime member of the Canadian Kennel Club and a Vizsla Club of America member since 1991.  She was also 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.

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Gary Krammer

Vice-President

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.

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Marcia McNabb

Treasurer

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. 

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Lynda Friendly

Secretary

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. 

Directors

Caroline Davis

Director

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 all have now passed on.  She has served the club on the Breeders’ Working Group, as Director, Vice President, Awards Co-ordinator, Team Rescue, and 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.  She LOVES this breed. 

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Rachael Chadwick

Director

Rachael was appointed to the Board following the resignation of former DIrecftor Stephanie Dell in 2023.   

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David Fansolato

Director

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.

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Raven Ivany

Director

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.

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Ray Murdoch

Director

Ray and his late wife Judy have been owned by four Vizslas all of which were rescues or rehomes and all through their association with the VSO since 2001. Two of their rehomes were seniors. Ray has also pulled V’s from shelters in the US and Canada and adopted them to good homes. Ray has been familiar with the breed since 1973 when his best friend in school got two Vizslas. Ray recently moved to a home with lakefront and a pool which the dogs are welcome to use. It is a very large yard with lots of room and a fenced area. When he retires from his job in Safety with the Army he plans on getting two Vizslas. Ray is also a professional photographer. He also has experience as a member of the Kitchener Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as experience writing for newspapers and experience in live television and talk shows. Ray plans to use his talents to further the Vizsla breed in Ontario and help the VSO achieve its goals.

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