board of directors

Meet our directors.

Our board is responsible for the governance of Kindred Farm Sanctuary, which exists to honour, respect and protect the human/animal bond. Our mandate is to lead, guide, and make decisions on behalf of the people and animals of Surrey, White Rock and Langley.

We exist to ensure Kindred Community Farm Sanctuary is doing its best to make Surrey, White Rock and Langley a better place to live for people and animals, and have an ongoing fiduciary link to the community. We have an ongoing sense of responsibility to do what is in the community’s best interests, both for today and into the future.

scott

Meet Scott Groves
Our Board Chair

I grew up in the interior of BC, surrounded by wildlife and domestic animals and has always had a passion for all animals. The best times in my life have often been experienced with animals. Growing up on 80 acres with no neighbors, I spent a lot of time in the wilderness walking with my dogs and tending the animals. In Alaska, I identified a young humpback entangled in a net and through photos and reporting to the authorities she was rescued. In Africa, I worked with a charity that rescued wild animals and also focussed on the benefits of the human-animal bond to teach children respect for their environment and empathy. So when introduced to Kindred Farm, I felt called to step up and help. The vision of Keryn and work by Chris and all the volunteers is so inspiring, and I hope to bring my experience and passion to support the great mission and goals of Kindred Farm.

liana

Meet Liana Ayach

I have always been drawn to the environment and animals. I have been involved with horses since my childhood working at a local thoroughbred horse farm and at 13 I spent my first paycheck to help buy a horse destined for the meat auction.  Caring for my horse allowed me to learn first-hand the profound effect animals can have on your mental well-being and provided me an outlet to make it through the highs and lows of the teenage years. Animals have a way of being present in a calming way and the routines of animal care bring great satisfaction. Having two young boys and a career in environmental protection brought me away from farm life so when I came across Kindred I knew right away that I wanted to help support this great organization that brings together youth, animals and the appreciation for farm care.   I hope that as a board member I can use my experiences to broaden the reach of Kindred’s programming in the community and support the amazing group of volunteers that make the magic at this farm happen.

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Meet Winston Conyers

For me, Kindred is about youth. Having started my life on a farm, visits to our family farm, being around the animals and out in open spaces, brought a sense of joy and real peace. Raising four sons allowed me to coach a lot of sports, be in the scouting program for years and do many things where I could be involved in the lives of young people. Youth more than ever need examples of people who do things and solve problems in a non-violent way. 

Years of volunteering with Kinsmen and later Rotary always found me drawn to the programs that helped youth whether it was for playground equipment, a daycare or vaccinating against polio.

Kindred Farm really touches my core value of caring and kindness, for youth in our area and for the rescue animals that share their stories to engage them.

As a director, it’s very important for me to find the funding and the like-minded people to continue to grow the programs and help more young people in our city. I love to talk about the farm, call me anytime!

keryn

Meet Keryn Denroche
Our Founder/ED

I may be tiny but I have the heart and bravery of a giant when it comes to speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves. Sometimes this gets me into more than I bargained for, but I never regret helping kids and animals. As a young girl, I learned from my neighbour Mrs. Grisbee who took in a dog left tied up to the garage door when the home owners moved, that kind people can make a difference. Doctor Dolittle also made a huge impression on my life and I have desperately been trying to talk to the animals ever since – they just won’t listen. I remember seeing Jane Goodall on the cover of National Geographic in the 60’s and after reading her story, I wanted to be just like her. The love and care of animals has made me a better person. See my story on when, how, and why I created Kindred here https://www.kindredfarm.ca/founder/