Board of Directors 2021 - 2022
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 also a docent and gallery guide at a musical instrument museum and manages the website for Jumping Chollas Agility Club in Phoenix AZ. She trains and competes in agility, field, obedience, rally, sprinter, chase, and scent detection. Sylvia currently owns a young male Vizsla named "Rez".
Gary joined the VSO some 17 years ago after his wonderful “Vadasz” joined his family in 2003. 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. Gary is still owned by his 13-year old Vizsla “Quest” where they reside in North York.
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.
Lynda has been a proud member of the VSO since 2009, the year her precious Vizsla, “Sherman”, came into her life. Since then, she has attended most Annual General Meetings and Fun Days. She has held senior executive positions at Cineplex Odeon Corporation, Tourism Toronto (Chairman of the Board), The Design Exchange (President and CEO), and other corporations and sits on several boards. This is her 3rd term in office on the Board as club Secretary and she's delighted to serve the VSO again.
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 for three years and this is her first term on the Board. She is the proud owner of a 10-year-old rescued female Vizsla named “Kai”. She is also owned by other dogs and two cats – a true animal lover! Throughout her adult life, Stephanie volunteered in numerous dog shelters in Nova Scotia and Ontario. She became involved in rescue approximately 10 years ago, and is still actively involved, having personally rescued at least 12 dogs in Canada and the US. Stephanie currently works for a dog training company, Deena Speaks Dog, as office and field manager and runs the operations for the owner, Deena Cooper. Her responsibilities include client interaction, coordination of all office and canine schedules, managing the daycare for over 30 dogs, and all other tasks related to office operations and client services. Her life partner, Shaz, has also been involved in rescue and dog training and behaviour for over 20 years. Stephanie makes her home in Toronto.
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.