Our Team

The Avery Foundation is a volunteer-based and foster-run rescue organization, serving the city of Ottawa and surrounding region. We are a growing team of coordinators that are committed to helping animals in need.

Here at The Avery Foundation, we work together as a team and are very proud of the dynamic perseverance we have fostered throughout the years. Our amazing coordinators all bring unique skills and experience to the organization, which allows us to focus on saving more lives and providing amazing service to our adopters, fosters and volunteers.


Executive Director and Foster Coordinator
Darcy Daoust
Darcy started as our east end foster coordinator in November, 2014. She has also been a reliable foster home and adopted her first 3 foster cats (yes THREE), which we don't have a problem with! She is now the Executive Director of TAF and helps manage the organization. Darcy is still our Lead Foster Coordinator and also oversees the finances. Her responsibilities include answering emails and inquiries, performing home checks, transporting animals to and from veterinary appointments, dropping off supplies to foster families, etc.
Social Media Coordinator
Elise Bickel
Elise is responsible for managing the online content for TAF and keeping up to date listings of our adoptable animals so we can share all of their cuteness in hopes they can find a great home! She is a dedicated ongoing foster with TAF and loves all her furry and scaley pets!
Social Media Coordinator
Anna Johann
Anna was our main events coordinator from 2014-2015 while living in Ottawa. After relocating back home to Germany, she insisted on staying apart of the team. Anna is involved with anything she is capable of handling while living overseas. Mainly, she ensures our social media pages are constantly updated and lends a helping hand to our events team. Anna lives with her husband, their son, Mattis, a chocolate lab named Gracie and two quiet cats in a small German town.
Lead Graphic Designer
Sylvia Heney
The incredibly talented, Sylvia, creates all of our design work. Such as posters, business cards, advertising materials, banners, car magnets...you name it! You can find more of her fabulous work on her website: www.eyebrightdesigns.ca, and if you love what you see, send her an email!
Events Coordinator
Marina Smith
Marina is responsible for coordinating events for the Avery Foundation. A lifelong cat lover and animal advocate she joined the team in 2019. She's always looking for fresh ideas, so drop her a line if you have an event you'd like us to be apart of.
Jenna Tregwin and Amanda Wanamaker
Jenna and Amanda founded the Avery Foundation in November 2013.