Volunteer Spotlight – April 2018

We are fortunate to have two dedicated volunteers to help in our education program. From helping with our book lending program, to translating material for our recently launched French website, much of what we do would not be possible without the help of these fantastic individuals. With it being National Volunteer Week, we wanted to highlight the hard work that they do!

Rebecca Isbister – French Translation Intern

The launch our French website,, this year would not have been possible without the hard work of Rebecca. Rebecca moved over existing French content and translated resources from so that our material would be available to even more teachers and students throughout Alberta.

Rebecca is taking an accelerated diploma program for Public Relations at MacEwan University. Born and raised in Edmonton, Rebecca has lived in France and Washington D.C. through her university studies. She’s an avid hiker, film buff, and enjoys spending her free time with her friends and her family dog, Roxy. Rebecca hopes to see as much of the world as she can and build a career where she can either write or translate.

When asked what the best part of volunteering was, Rebecca mentioned:

“The best thing was being able to apply my knowledge related to French to benefit such a great organization and seeing the benefits for the Alberta SPCA multiply.”

Kyla Malayang – AnimalTales Intern

If your class participated in the AnimalTales program this year, there is a good chance that Kyla was the one responsible for making sure you received your package on time! Kyla carefully assembled and mailed the packages, as well as made sure all students received their bookmarks.

Kyla has integrated her compassion for animals, and her passion towards research, in her undergraduate degree. She will be graduating from MacEwan University’s Honours Thesis Program in Psychology in June. Given her interests in conducting research in experimental psychology, she will be beginning her graduate studies in September with the goal of becoming a registered psychologist.

When asked how volunteering at the Alberta SPCA has impacted her, Kyla commented:

“I learned the value in educating students and teachers on the importance of animal welfare. As a volunteer, I learned how integral my part was in the AnimalTales program. Moreover, Alberta SPCA’s Education Program taught me how the maxim, “treat others how you want to be treated”, can start as early as when a child is in kindergarten.”

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