Board of Directors
Jen joined AIWC in April 2013 as a centre volunteer and member of the photography and writing committee. In 2014, she assumed the role of primary editor for AIWC’s quarterly newsletter the Recovery Review, and she also helps keep AIWC current on social media. A believer in life-long education, Jen has two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Calgary, and continues to complete additional courses and certifications. She currently works in contracts and intellectual property. A native Albertan, Jen believes each person shares in the responsibility to preserve all local wildlife, from impressive owls and eagles to the squirrels, songbirds, and other urban wildlife that frequent our backyards. She is honoured to have the opportunity to serve on this dedicated Board, and to support and grow AIWC’s success.
Kayle Paustian graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce. He received his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 2015 and currently works in finance with a variety of startup companies. In the summer of 2020, Kayle began his fifth term on the Board of Directors, having served on the board since 2012. He is a lifelong animal lover who hopes to use his business acumen for AIWC’s continued and future success.
Anna Wingenbach joined AIWC in 2014 as a volunteer, assisting with the AIWC blog, newsletter and providing human resource support to the centre. Anna obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Victoria, before later returning to school to study commerce and human resource management. She currently works in operations for the energy sector. A passionate supporter of wildlife, Anna strongly believes in the importance of stewardship and feels privileged to serve on AIWC’s board.
Recognizing my lifelong commitment to animals and their welfare, a good friend gifted me with a membership to AIWC for my birthday in 2009 and I started volunteering that same year. Since then I have contributed many volunteer shift hours as a rescue driver and center worker as well as participating on many committees and initiatives including membership, education, community outreach and writing articles for the Recovery Review. I look forward to the next opportunity of working with an incredibly talented group of people as a member on AIWC’s Board of Directors. I am a Federal public servant working as a Flight Operations Technical Team Lead within the Civil Aviation branch of Transport Canada, which allows me to enjoy my lifelong passion of aviation.
Sarah recently completed her law degree from the University of Calgary and is working at an international law firm in downtown Calgary. She believes strongly about volunteering in the community and has a passion to help with the continued success of non-profit organizations. As a local Calgarian, she loves the outdoors and is happy to give her time to an organization which protects an important resource of the province.
Having lived on an acreage for 30 years I was privileged to interact with wildlife daily. From the birds we fed in our orchard, to our resident porcupine, the moose, deer, fox, and of course coyotes, there was always something around to admire! My love of animals began with my dogs, cats, and horses, and grew during university summer jobs at a zoo where I was fortunate to work with a variety of animals, large and small. I have an administrative business background, and volunteer in varying capacities regularly, including non-profit Board experience. I am a certified Horticulturist in greenhouse crop production, retired hobby Beekeeper, now Beekeeping Consultant, certified Raw Food Chef, and I love to read. I am excited to continue as a member of the Board of Directors of AIWC and work in support of this wonderful organization and their contribution to the welfare of our local wildlife!
Shelley joined AIWC as a Centre Volunteer in late 2011. Later she had the opportunity to handle wildlife as a Rescue Driver and Education Animal Assistant, and in 2014 she served a short term with the Board of Directors. As an animal lover and avid volunteer for professional development, Shelley continues to give back to the community in several not-for-profit organizations. Shelley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Alberta and a Management degree from the University of Lethbridge. She currently works as a Business Analyst and hopes that her interests, passion, and professional background will provide value and insight to the longevity of AIWC.
Lana Mezquita joined the AIWC Board of Directors in 2019. Lana holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba, Master’s of Business Administration from Queen’s University and a CPA designation. She is currently a Finance Business Partner working in the Ag industry. An avid skier and hiker, her most treasured time is spent outdoors with her family and dog, Kita. She has loved all animals, big and small, since she was a young child growing up on a farm in Manitoba. Giving back to her community through helping our wildlife is exciting and she is looking forward to the future with AIWC.
Elfan Mawji joined the AIWC Board of Directors in 2019. Elfan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Calgary and believes in life-long learning by continuing to attend Continuing Education courses at the University of Calgary. Elfan volunteers at the Calgary Drop-in Center and the University of Calgary and is currently employed within the not-for-profit sector. Outside of work he enjoys golf, walks with his dog, attending Calgary Stampeder games and spending time with family and friends. Ensuring wildlife continues to thrive is important to Elfan and he recognizes it is the rich diversity of animals within Alberta which makes Alberta so unique.