Vinyse Barber – After visiting Varanasi for the first time in December 2012, Vinyse fell in love with this beautiful city full of contradictions, but more importantly, her heart was captured by the street dogs there. She left Varanasi immediately knowing that she and her husband had to do something to help. Vinyse feels strongly about turning passion to action, and that everyone has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
A lifelong animal lover, Vinyse shares her home with her husband, their two dogs, Teaka and Claymore, and they foster palliative cats. After starting a career in the corporate sector as a Chartered Accountant, Vinyse followed her heart and completed a Master’s degree in not-for-profit management. The shift in focus led her to find her calling in the field of volunteer engagement, and she finds nothing more inspiring than going to work every day, speaking with people who want to make a difference.