Holly joined the AIWC team in June 2014 after previously managing a wildlife rehabilitation centre and then going on to work as an Oiled Wildlife Specialist for Focus Wildlife.
Originally from England, Holly has spent the past 11 years working with domestic, exotic, and native North American wildlife. Her experience with animals ranges from American robins to Amur tigers.
Holly has extensive project management experience, she loves to learn and enhance her skills and enjoys attending the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association conference annually, where she has presented for the past five years. She is proud to be a wildlife rehabilitator, giving wildlife the second chance they so richly deserve.
Katrina runs the Education and Volunteer programs at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation. She has received a BSc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta, along with a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Toronto. Katrina has been involved with conservation in a wide variety of ways over the past 9 years, including working as an environmental educator and as an endangered species biologist. At AIWC, Katrina focuses on increasing public knowledge and interest in a wide variety of Alberta wildlife, including bats, owls, and her personal favourite, skunks! She hopes that better understanding of these and other animals will lead people to better protect their local wildlife species.
Nicole was born and raised in Montréal. She always had an interest in wildlife and conservation and spent many years volunteering at the local wildlife park the Ecomuseum. After completing a degree in Applied Zoology at McGill University she moved to Calgary to work in wildlife research. Her experiences lead her to be part of the first class in veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary. After completing her veterinary degree, she went on to complete an internship in wildlife medicine at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. She then went on to complete a small animal internship and work in small animal practice for a couple of years before returning back to her true passion wildlife medicine.
Melanie joins us as the Rehabilitation Manager with a diverse career that includes wildlife research, rehabilitation and zoo keeping that spans over 20 years. Originally from Ontario, Melanie has worked doing wildlife field research for several Universities in Ontario and for both the Ontario and Newfoundland provincial government. In addition to being involved with Rabies and Chronic Wasting Disease research for the Ontario government, she has worked with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative where she contributed to co-ordinating a province-wide white-nose syndrome surveillance program. Melanie has worked with a variety of species from bats to musk ox. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog and wildlife photography.
Jackie has always had a zest for life and a variety of interests, from the fine arts, to nature, to animal and human rights. She has over 10 years of education and teaching experience as a certified music, ballet and group fitness instructor. After studying Music Composition at the Undergraduate and Masters levels, she went on to pursue her deep passion for helping others, completing a clinic rehabilitation internship at International Bird Rescue in California. She is now a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and cares for her beloved rescue lovebird, Benedict, at home. She is overjoyed to have this opportunity at AIWC and to continue contributing to the important field of Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Erin joined AIWC in the spring of 2016 as an intern. Following the completion of her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Victoria, she was thrilled to return to the AIWC team to begin a career dedicated to the health of Canada’s wildlife.
An Alberta native, Erin’s previous work includes ecosystem health and wildlife population monitoring, small animal veterinary assistance, and working with other animal welfare organizations. She is passionate about helping all creatures, both domestic and wild, and is delighted to be of service to both through a combination of her full time and volunteer work.
Erin is pursuing her dream of being accepted into veterinary school to specialize in ecosystem and public health, while continuing to learn, refine her skills, and help wildlife in need as a Wildlife Rehabilitator at AIWC.
Robyn is a relatively new addition to our close-knit team, but that has not stopped her from becoming a familiar part of the wildlife rescue family here at AIWC. Robyn’s desire to continue to develop upon her varied education has brought her here, with the hopes that she might continue to learn about the rewarding profession of Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Robyn’s atypical background resides in the area of Physical Anthropology and Bio-Archaeology. Specializing in areas such as Anthro-zoology and Zoo-archaeology. Having first completed her undergrad at the University of Victoria, she then went on to undertake prominent positions in archaeological excavations across the world. In addition to pursuing a secondary degree in Forensic Science.
Robyn jumped at the chance to accept a position at AIWC in order to expand her knowledge of wildlife conservation, donor management and fundraising. She is delighted to be involved in such an influential, and valuable institution.