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Our Team

It is all wags and wiggles at Pawsitively Pets, where there is non-stop fun with the animals!

Jennifer Ego

Founder

A camp counselor in her early years, and a life-long passion for pets and animals, led Jennifer Ego to a career working with animals.

A camp counselor in her early years, and a life-long passion for pets and animals, led Jennifer Ego to a career working with animals. Starting the registered charity www.k9RescueMe.com seven years ago and working in the veterinary industry, Jennifer was committed to creating a camp that would provide kids with all the wonderful animal and pet connections that can be rewarding.

"What better way to put two passions together, my love of animals and my commitment to educate children on responsible pet ownership and the wonders of pets and animals", she says. This small and wonderful idea has grown into an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and animals, and create a lifetime of memories.

Laura

Program Instructor

I have always loved being around animals ever since I could remember.

So, at seventeen I decided to work at veterinary hospitals as an animal care attendant and then a technician for the past 16 years. However, in the past eight years I have gradually completed a graduate degree in environmental studies and education. And I will be attending teacher's college in September to further my education. For the past three years, I have worked an as environmental educator with children from kindergarten to grade 12. I love teaching children about the environment, especially the animals that we share the planet with. I have finally found a career that has combined both of my loves and cannot wait to pass on the passion to help animals and the environment which we all live.

Dr. Andrew Sparling

Veterinarian

Dr. Andrew Sparling began practicing in the Ottawa area upon graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1999.

He practiced both companion and large animal practice for the first three years slowly transitioning into companion animal medicine fully by 2002 when he became a partner in OVVPC. Special veterinary interests include canine and feline reproduction. Outside of the office, Dr. Sparling has been involved as a director for the Central Canada Veterinary Association and sat on the Animal Health Care facility committee for Algonquin College. Andrew, his wife Manon, and son Luis share their home with a Newfoundland, an Akita cross and two cats. Spare time is spent doing various sports, camping, playing guitar and researching music of various genres.

Michelle Stassen

Program Instructor / Camp Director

Michelle has been working with children since she was 15, in some way or other, and has always loved teaching and enriching people's lives

She studied Drama in Education and Community at the University of Windsor, and she strives to incorporate fun, play, and creativity into her programming. She has also always been passionate about animals and has worked in a variety of animal-related jobs for the past 4 years, gaining hands-on experience with all kinds of small furries, reptiles, and birds.

"Working at Pawsitively Pets has been the perfect way for me to combine all of my favourite things in a fun, engaging environment!"

Sabrina Di Donato

Program Manager / Camp Director

It is the love for both animals and children that makes Sabrina such a great member of the Pawsitively Pets Team.

As a recent University of Toronto graduate, Sabrina has enjoyed studying many different topics such as Human Biology and  Psychology, among others, but was always most interested in the study of animals and the science surrounding them. Throughout her time at university, Sabrina cared for the many animals of the Zoological department. She also spent time working in a research lab providing vital data in the field of neurobiology. Sabrina has a loyal passion for animals and learning, which is why she has enjoyed a seamless transition into educating youth and spending time with the many amazing animals at Pawsitively Pets.

"I truly love helping children realize their potential in a fun and creative way, while teaching youth about the countless fascinating elements that animals contribute to our planet."