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.
Sheila got her love for animals from her grandfather (Lionel Hupe). He encouraged her in all her endeavors and reminded her she could do anything she put her mind to. Wanting to make a difference in the lives of animals, Sheila began volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation facility in 1999 where she cleaned enclosures and fed wildlife patients. In 2005, she gained permanent employment in the wildlife rehabilitation field as a rehabilitation supervisor, and later moved into the position of rehabilitation director. She is still learning daily in her current position as a zoo keeper at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo.
In the spring of 2008, Sheila became the second Manitoban, and only the fifth person in Canada, accredited as a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. In line with PWRC’s progressive vision, Sheila takes courses and attends wildlife-related conferences enabling her to keep up to date with the newest rehabilitation techniques and current issues affecting wildlife.
Shannon Tara Kraichy, the Education Coordinator for Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, is a proud Métis from Winnipeg. She headed west to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Paleontology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Museum Education from the University of British Columbia, but returned home to the Red River Valley to reconnect with the cultural and natural beauty of Manitoba. Shannon has volunteered and worked in informal education since 2008, most recently creating and leading Indigenous-focused programming for Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Oak Hammock Marsh. Her passions include connecting Canadians to the cultural and natural richness we have all around us, and encouraging better stewardship of our resources and relationships, especially with Indigenous communities.
Board of Directors (2016)
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.
Dr Garcea Diehl, a founding member and Vice President and Donation Director of PWRC. She graduated from WCVM in Saskatoon and has been a small animal veterinarian in Winnipeg since 1982. Certified in veterinary acupuncture and homeopathy she co-founded Manitoba’s first holistic veterinary clinic in 1998. Currently she is member of Manitoba’s Veterinary Animal Welfare committee. Her keen interest in wildlife , and her experience with integrative and homeopathic treatments is a great asset in the development of the organization’s treatment protocols.
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).
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.
Paul Simms (Board member since 2014), Paul graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 2010, and after graduating articled with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman in Winnipeg. Paul specializes in Administrative Law/Administrative Tribunals, and general litigation matters. Paul served in the Air Force from 1990 – 2007. Paul is currently employed as a staff attorney with the Federal Government.
Sheila Smith, a founding member of PWRC and Fundraising Coordinator, is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Sheila started her passion for wildlife rehabilitation back in 1999. Sheila is a Zookeeper at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. She has taken courses and gone to conferences allowing her to keep up to date with her techniques and current issues affecting wildlife.
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.
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.
Chris also helps clients with Business Succession planning, Philanthropic interests, and a wide range of Banking solutions.
Darci Ann Geiger (Board member since 2016) Darci is Communications student and dedicated animal advocate. She is both resourceful and innovative, with an extensive customer relations background. Her lifelong commitment to animals began at the age of six when she decided to become a vegetarian and started looking for ways to create positive change for animals. Over the years she has volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations in Manitoba.
Her love for animals lead her to recently adopt two senior dogs rescued from puppy mills, as well as a Sun Conure parrot. Darci has a passion for wellness and the environment. She looks for creative ways to help others lead healthier lives and make more ethical choices.
Darci is very excited to have recently joined the Board of Directors for the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where she enjoys combining her love for animals with her strong communications skills.
Kelsey Short (Board member since 2016) Kelsey graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2006. With a background in emergency nursing, she currently works as a Registered Nurse in remote communities in Nunavut. Outside of work, Kelsey has always loved animals and had a passion for the outdoors. Being born and raised in Alberta, she has previously worked on a ranch, riding and training horses, as well as directing outdoor education programs that introduce young people to adventures in the wild. Kelsey is new to the PWRC board of directors, and she is excited to contribute her skills to fundraising and volunteer coordinating.
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