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.
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.
Suzanne, PWRC Secretary (2021) has always had an interest in science, taking general science courses at the University of Manitoba and eventually becoming a Pharmacy Technician. After working several years at the Grace Hospital and Deer Lodge Centre, she stepped back to raise a family, eventually going back to work in retail merchandising. Suzanne has been a volunteer at PWRC in many capacities over the years. She has been involved with the education programs, fundraising, wildlife rescue and is now on the board of directors.
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.