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STEPHANIE ARKWRIGHT: As local SPCA branch manager, Stephanie Arkwright works to find good homes for animals and oversees the other programs for animal welfare.
She’s held the position for five years, though she started with the SPCA in 2001 through a summer job.
“The biggest thing for me is feeling like I’m making a difference,” she says. “The animals are also a perk. I’m very passionate about their welfare.”
TOM ROBINSON: After retiring from a career in banking, many foster kids in town have learned to bank on Tom Robinson.
That’s because the Campbell River man has opened his home to many foster children, many of them of First Nations heritage. He’s become a rock for many of these youths at risk who face many traumas in their lives. He currently has permanent responsibility for three youths but he’s “always had a houseful of kids.”
He’s been fostering children for nearly a decade and has an outstanding reputation in the community but his motivation is simple.
“I just love providing a safe, stable environment where kids can be kids and not worry about all the other pressures in life,” Robinson says.