Our Team

THE FACES BEHIND REDEMPTION PAWS

 

NICOLE SIMONE
Founder

Nicole Simone started volunteering quite young, beginning her career in 2006 as the only special needs rescue coordinator for a local municipal pound in Aurora, Ontario. In her time there, Simone was exposed to challenges facing homeless dogs and the people who rescue them. In her first two years, Simone visited the shelter almost every day and helped send 200 dogs to homes or rescue. Through “Unchain Ontario’s Dogs”, Simone advocated local towns to adopt anti-tethering bylaws and educated the community about animal abuse occurring in their community.

In 2013, Simone started the critically acclaimed photo series Redemption Dogs. Simone met and photographed over 1000 people and rescue dogs from Toronto, Montreal, and New York City, interviewing them on the impact rescue dogs have on lives.

In August 2017, Simone unexpectedly found herself receiving distress calls from dog rescues in Houston. On September 1, 2017 Simone founded Redemption Paws.

Simone has a special interest in dogs living with medical or physical impairments, senior animals, as well as a special fondness for Australian Cattle Dogs.

Outside of Redemption Paws, Simone is an accomplished singer-songwriter performing under the name Late July. She holds her BA in Sociology and diploma in Arts.

Simone grew up between California and Ontario. She enjoys record collecting, old movies and is a Francophile. She lives in Toronto with her fiance and their two rescue dogs Charlie and Irwin.

 

 

MONIKA HENDRIKS
Foster Manager

JEN MCNAUGHTON
Vetting Manager

Jen McNaughton is a life long dog lover. Having fostered with humane societies, Jen brings her wealth of foster knowledge with her experience in coordinating vetting care for Redemption Paws dogs

NI CHEN
Adoptions Manager

Ni joined the Redemption Paws team as an adoptions coordinator in January. She adopted her first rescue in 2006, and has since been involved with rescue organizations in both Toronto and Barbados.

She and her husband share their home with 2 permanent rescue mutts, and frequently fosters.

 

 

 

 

 

SHARON STEINMAN
Volunteer Manager

Through the years she has had birds, fish, cats and dogs.

She is definitely a crazy pet lady. Currently, she is married with two re-homed dogs and two senior cats.

For six years she volunteered with a Cat Rescue and was on the board of directors for three of them. The opportunity to help out came up and she couldn’t resist helping out when she’s isn’t working in working in Real Estate.

ANGELA PARKER
Foster Coordinator

Angela has been involved with local animal shelters and various animal rights activities since high school. Her passion for animal welfare drove her to complete an Animal Care program in college.

She first got involved with Redemption Paws when she volunteered as a driver bringing back dogs from Texas affected by hurricane Harvey in November 2017. She recognized the enthusiasm for dog rescue she shared with the organization, subsequently volunteering for additional long-haul trips and serving as Foster Coordinator.

At home, Angela spends most of her time taking care of her of dogs, cats, and rats and has a soft spot for senior and palliative animals.  She enjoys baking and trying new vegan recipes, and running (to burn off the calories).

 

 

BROOKIE SILVERSIDES
Events Coordinator

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SANDY SUN
Adoptions Coordinator

Sandy joined the Redemption Paws team as a volunteer last year in November, assisting with phone interviews, reference calls and home visits in the downtown Toronto area – where she works and lives.  She shares her home with her two spoiled doggos, Linus, a Maltipoo, and newly appointed Canadian doggo, Babcock (yes, she’s named after the Leafs coach!), a Shorkie, from Stockton, California.  The doggos begrudgingly share their home with a resident canary, Santorini.

Sandy and her doggos enjoy a quiet life of walks to the park or beach and watching Netflix at home.  Born and raised in The 6, Sandy’s an avid Leafs, Raptors and Jays fan – and by default, her dogs are too!