Lisa Tretiak, a founding member and President of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (“PWRC”), started her career in wildlife rehabilitation in 1994. She worked summers at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, answering phones and giving medical attention to wildlife patients.
In 1998, Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Zoology from the University of Manitoba. She gained permanent employment in the wildlife rehabilitation field as a rehab supervisor, and later moved into the position of Rehabilitation Director.
Over the years, Lisa has put on many hats in a non-profit organization, from presenting and coordinating education programs, creating and implementing fund raising campaigns, writing grants, being a media liaison, and overseeing the medical care of wildlife patients. From years of experience working with raptors, and successfully completing a training course, Lisa became permitted as a Master Bander for rehabilitated raptors.
Banding rehabilitated raptors allows for the assessment of current rehabilitation methods and techniques, to improve the quality of care and survival rates of animals released back into the wild. Lisa has traveled throughout Canada and the United States for courses and conferences allowing her to keep up to date with her techniques and current issues affecting wildlife.
Lisa decided to start up the PWRC with the intent of improving the care of Manitoba’s injured and orphaned wildlife. In spring 2008, Lisa became the first Manitoban, and only the fourth person in Canada, to be a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
Simone Davidson is the Education Coordinator of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (PWRC). She started volunteering with wildlife in 2007 when she travelled to Costa Rica as a student intern to be a sea turtle nesting technician. Since then, she has volunteered at many wildlife rehabilitation centres around the world. In these roles, she practiced hands-on rescue techniques for several different animals as well as cleaned many different types of enclosures. Later she returned to Costa Rica to volunteer for sea turtle and sloth rehabilitation centres. She then participated in two internships with marine wildlife rehabilitation centers: one in the Netherlands and one in British Columbia, where she worked with Harbour Seal pups and Grey Seal pups.
In 2012, Simone graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Biology Honours degree. In 2014, she worked as a wildlife rehabilitator for PWRC and took care of injured and orphaned wildlife. Since then Simone has worked at many positions including: preparing food for zoo animals, a technician for bird surveys up north, a nature interpreter for a wildlife reserve and a shelter manager for a cat rescue. All of these jobs have solidified Simone’s love of animals and taught her that her passion is to teach her love to anyone who wants to learn.
Board of Directors
Lisa Tretiak, a founding member and President of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (“PWRC”), started her career in wildlife rehabilitation in 1994. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Zoology from the University of Manitoba and a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). From years of experience working with raptors, and successfully completing a training course, Lisa became permitted as a Master Bander for rehabilitated raptors. Currently, Lisa is employed with the IWRC as a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course Instructor and travels through the winter months all over North America.
Wes Tretiak, a founding member and Treasurer, is a CGA with over 25 years experience in the Manitoba business community. Wes has held a number of board and committee positions within the nature/wildlife community in Manitoba. His management and financial background is a great asset to the PWRC fiscal planning.
Sherrie Rauth, PWRC Secretary and Membership Director, (Board Member since July 2013), and a member of the annual Walk for Wildlife fundraiser organizing committee. Sherrie is currently in the role of Human Resource Manager for Credit Union Central of Manitoba. Sherrie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree with an HR major as well as a Certificate in Human Resources, both from the University of Manitoba, in addition to holding the Certified Human Resource Professional designation (CHRP).
Chris Chipman (Board member since 2016), Chris has over 25 years experience assisting clients with complex investment and estate planning needs. Currently, as an Estate and Trust Advisor, Chris’ focus is assisting clients with Will planning, Power of Attorney needs, Estate Administration, Tax planning and assisting clients with Investment needs. Chris works as part of a team at TD Wealth, which includes Private Banking, Investment Management, Trust and Financial Planning. It’s with this client centered approach that the goal is to help all clients with all their needs from a financially focused point of view.
Jeanne Braun, a founding member and property owner of the rural PWRC site. Jeanne is a co-owner and Board member for the Gardenview Estates, a property development in St. Adolphe. Jeanne is also active in wildlife rehabilitation in animal care, emergency transporting, and on many PWRC committees.
Krista Wlasiuk graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2010 with a Bachelors in Nursing. Krista currently works at the Health Sciences Centre as the Clinical Resource Nurse for the Winnipeg Spine Program. Krista completed the IWRC Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course in Saskatoon and became a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator in October 2018 and volunteers within PWRC’s rehab stream.