CEO leav­ing with even greater love for an­i­mals

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ANNA LOREN

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.

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