CEO leaving with even greater love for animals
Christine Kalin thought she was ‘‘ a mad animal lover’’ when she first came to SPCA Auckland.
Four years later she’s leaving with that love ‘‘even more in my DNA’’, she says.
Kalin is stepping down as chief executive of the Mangerebased charity next month.
The trained psychotherapist will be setting up her own private counselling and psychotherapy practice as well as doing consultancy work for nonprofit organisations.
She was previously chief executive of the addiction centre Odyssey House and always intended to go back to the health sector, she says.
‘‘But it’s been a wonderful four years. For me it’s one of my favourite charities and it’s an absolute honour to have been an integral part of it.’’
Kalin, 49, says her background in health meant she brought a ‘‘commitment to evidence-based practice’’ with her to SPCA Auckland.
‘‘In the health sector there’s a really strong emphasis on being able to prove that what you do is going to have the desired outcomes you want.’’
One of the areas that has paid off is the charity’s education strategy, she says.
Stage one of a new schools programme was piloted in 2014 and stage two will be piloted later this year.
The strategy is centred around helping children learn about animal welfare in a real life context, rather than through one-off visits to the Animal Village.
‘‘The evidence is that it’s important we start with people when they’re young. For some reason the older a person gets, the harder it is to change.’’
Kalin says her main aim when she joined the organisation was to make sure its finances were sustainable.
Its future is now looking bright, she says.
‘‘It’s about how we position this organisation so it’s not only from an animal welfare perspective that we’re effective.
‘‘One of the things that is important to me is to be a good service; you’ve also got to be a good business.’’
The SPCA board is recruiting for a replacement.
Moving on: Christine Kalin is leaving SPCA Auckland after four years as chief executive.