November 2020 Howl

Changes to Bylaws: Request for Feedback

Due to COVID-19, the Board is anticipating that VAN-PAH’s 2021 AGM will be conducted virtually. To ensure there are no issues with this, VAN-PAH’s bylaws will need to be updated.

The current wording in the bylaws does not allow for voting to be conducted in advance to a general meeting. The bylaws are also unclear as to whether online or electronic voting could be used for the election of directors or passing of resolutions. To change this, the Board is suggesting 2 alterations to the wording of the bylaws. These changes will require approval at an EGM held via Zoom, which we hope to hold on December 10.

Please review the changes below, and then follow this link or click the button below if you have any feedback. The feedback form will be open until November 25. 

2021 Board of Directors Nominations

The current VAN-PAH Directors were appointed during 2020 and as such, their term will shortly be coming to an end.

New members are needed to step up to be on the board and help represent the membership while handling the day to day operations of VAN-PAH.

If you would like to be considered to be a Director of VAN-PAH, please send an email to by the end of day December 15, 2020. Please include your full legal name, why you would like to be a Director, and what skills you can bring to the organization.

All candidates will be vetted by the 2021 Nominations Committee before being presented to the membership prior to the AGM.

Please be aware that all potential nominee’s names will be communicated to the VAN-PAH membership as part of the election process leading up to the AGM in early 2021.

Nominations Committee

We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominations Committee for the 2021 AGM.

This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.

If you would like to contribute to this important function of our member-funded society, please email and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.

VAN-PAH Social

November 28, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Come on out for a social evening online with everyone from our puppy and pet community. Wear your leather, rubber, fuzzy, or whatever other gear you want. Of course, gear is admired but never required. Having fun is the only requirement.

Topic: VAN-PAH’s Virtual Social
Time: Nov 28, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 820 7494 6518
Passcode: VAN-PAH

Conference Call Etiquette Applies. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise!

VAN-PAH Puppy and Handler of the Year Nominations

This year has been particularly challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even though we have not been able to gather in person since March, we have had many opportunities to gather in the virtual world.

It is that time of year where we ask you the membership for your Nominations for Handler of the Year and Puppy of the Year.  We understand the difficulties that this year has provided us, and all though we have indeed found it challenging, there are stories and events to be told that we, the Directors, are unaware of.  If you feel that a VAN-PAH member has gone above and beyond safely, now is your opportunity to help bring this member forward.

To nominate someone:

  1. Send your nomination(s) to with “VAN-PAH Nominations” as the subject.
  2. You can nominate as many people as you would like, you just have to include a reason why.
  3. Nominations must be submitted by no later than the 15th of December, anything submitted after this period will not be counted.

Please note that the current Directors of VAN-PAH are not eligible for nomination for either of the awards.

Happy nominating and we look forward to announcing the winners at the 2021 AGM!

November Directors’ Meeting

November 26, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Directors’ Meeting will be held Thursday, November 26 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Nov 26, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 9856 2078
Passcode: DM1126

Thank You, Apollo

We are sad to announce that Pup Apollo has chosen to resign as a Director. On behalf of the Board and members of VAN-PAH, thank you for all the hard work, Apollo, and best wishes going forward!

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