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 four years. She is proud to be a wildlife rehabilitator, giving wildlife the second chance they so richly deserve.
Michelle has felt a strong connection to animals since she was a little girl growing up in Yukon, surrounded by nature. She is passionate about living in harmony with the earth and its creatures, and expresses it through her commitment to bettering the lives of animals everywhere by raising awareness about them through education.
Michelle joined the AIWC team in March 2016 after her many years of experience at a wildlife rehabilitation centre. Michelle and her son have written two children’s books for local wild and domestic animal charities that educate readers about animal issues.
Michelle is delighted to be a part of the meaningful work that AIWC does.
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.
After completing a degree in Nature Conservation from the University of Tshwane, South Africa, Angie joined the Hoedspruit Breeding Project for Endangered Species and a magical adventure began. She filled the role of curator of large and small mammals and hand reared orphaned species like the White Rhino and Elephant as well as many other species. She was an integral part in the conservation of the Southern Cheetah populations working with leaders in the field to boost Cheetah numbers. A fantastic opportunity in the Greater Kruger National Park was next where she was involved with numerous conservation and education projects. Her study on the effects animals had around waterholes helped pave the way for better management of these areas.
She then became the carnivore keeper in the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. She was involved in a number of research and species survival plans which added great value to the mission and vision of the Zoo. She also completed her B-tech degree while working at the Zoo. Angie and her husband then spent 12 years in the Middle East managing a large collection of indigenous and exotic antelope and gazelle on a private Island in the Gulf. After having two children they settled in the main research center in Al Ain and she then dedicated her efforts to the conservation of the Endangered Arabian Tahr and built and managed a registry of the diverse animal collection.
Angie and her family immigrated to Canada two years ago after her husband was offered a position in Calgary. Her family has now grown to include an adopted Australian Shepard, cat, and a hamster.
Erica joined the AIWC team in September 2016, after moving from Sudbury, Ontario to Calgary, Alberta. She earned a BSc with honours in Biology with a specialization in Zoology from Laurentian University. Erica has had a deep love of animals from a very young age. She has been in the wildlife rehabilitation field for four years now, having previously worked at Wild at Heart in Ontario. She has a passion for nature and outdoor recreation of all types.
She is planning to study veterinary medicine and to continue rehabilitating wildlife. She hopes to better the lives of all the animals she touches and release as many back into the wild as possible.
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.