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.
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 (2017)
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.
Meredith Stoesz (Board member since spring 2017), Meredith has a degree in Fine Arts majoring in photography. She is passionate about wildlife and the environment. Meredith has been a volunteer with our education program since 2013. She works at Wild Birds Unlimited and Oak Hammock Marsh as a Nature Interpreter. Meredith enjoys educating the public about birds, wildlife, plants, and all the ways we can do our part for our environment.
Bethany Skelton (Board member since spring 2017), Bethany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Winnipeg. She also graduated from Red River College’s Creative Communications program in 2014 with a focus in public relations. She has extensive experience working in the communications and marketing industry and her extensive knowledge in these areas acts as a great asset to the PWRC team. Bethany currently works at SkipTheDishes as a Marketing Campaign Manager and is the owner of Dot Comma Creative, a local marketing and communications business.
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