Calgary Wildlife relies on a synergy between our volunteer board of directors, who govern the organization, our volunteers, who are integral to our operations, and our paid staff, who are on the front lines, carrying out Calgary Wildlife’s mandate through our programs and services. We are grateful to everyone on our team for their dedication, expertise, and collaborative spirit.
Following a non-traditional career path, Beki is an entrepreneur at heart. From owning a small neighbourhood café in Killarney to running vintage clothing and custom t-shirt shops in both Calgary and Vancouver, Beki settled in Taipei and set her sights on language instruction, studying Mandarin, and animal protection. She is the co-founder of the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and helped it rise from a small grassroots NGO to one of the most respected animal welfare organizations in Taiwan. After serving on the Board of Directors at Calgary Wildlife for nearly a year, Beki was thrilled to take on the Executive Director role and to be able to help spread awareness about wildlife protection and rehabilitation.
Deborah is a previous Calgary Board of Education teacher, wildlife rehabber (at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC) with a science degree in biology: ecology and evolution. Her passion for wildlife is a life-long theme: from saving drowning bees on her toes as a little girl, watching sculpins dart around tide-pools on the Gulf Islands of BC, to visiting the Galapagos Islands to study evolution and biodiversity of endemic snails. Her favourite wildlife to rescue are the common nighthawks who have “the most adorably large mouths hidden under tiny beaks!”. Calgary has been home since 2008; she loves the rugged mountains, winter snow-sun and the warm-hearted people of Calgary! She is a mother to kids, a dog and two cats. Finding connections to nature is a scientific and compassionate journey Deborah is enthusiastic to bring to classrooms and public events! Please contact her today to discuss education opportunities!
Emily Jagorinec, CWR
Emily is a born and raised Albertan with a true love for the outdoors. Emily was raised in a home with many different pets ranging from reptiles to dogs and grew up observing animals in nature with her family. After starting her degree at the University of Calgary in 2017, Emily spent her time volunteering in local animal clinics observing surgeries and helping with technician tasks. In spring of 2018, she joined the Calgary Wildlife team as an animal care volunteer. Emily started her first job in wildlife rehabilitation as a wildlife technician at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation, she loved it so much that she became a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator that same year. In the spring of 2020, she officially joined the Calgary Wildlife staff as a junior wildlife technician. Now, as she completes her final year of her Bachelor of Science in Zoology degree from the University of Calgary, her goal is to become a wildlife veterinarian treating wild animals all around the world.
(with Marmalade our education ambassador)
Vienna joined the team in May 2021, shortly after graduating from Mount Royal University with a focus on Biology, Conservation, and outdoor recreation. Wildlife rehabilitation has always been a dream since childhood, so she has put her heart, mind, and soul towards the mission of Calgary Wildlife since day one. Vienna is also a Veterinary Technician Assistant at a domestic animal hospital, and is passionate about advocating for animal welfare. She also brings over 4 years of delivering educational programs to the public to provide awareness to conservation efforts and wildlife management and safety, including backcountry seminars on bear awareness.
Allison eagerly joined the team in the spring of 2022. Bringing a diverse background in reptiles and amphibians, she has brought nothing but passion and a willingness to learn to rehabilitate wildlife. When she’s not hard at work, she spends her time with her snakes, lizards, and frog.
Wildlife Clinic Supervisor
Breanne Marois, CWR
Breanne is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with a passion for animal welfare and conservation. After completing her Bachelor of Science, she worked as a junior biologist performing habitat assessments, nest surveys, fish salvages, and water quality monitoring. She is a current Biologist in Training with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. First exposed to the field of wildlife rehabilitation as an intern in 2016, she immediately fell in love with the fast paced environment, and helping wildlife in need. She aspires to be a veterinarian specializing in wildlife and conservation medicine, and to continue to work in the field of rehabilitation in that capacity. She loves to learn, and in her spare time, she can often be found reading, or hiking in Alberta’s natural areas.
Crimson grew up in Northern BC and then moved to Kelowna to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology. She has worked at various jobs, including: an exotic farm, a vet clinic, and an animal shelter. She started her career as a wildlife rehabber in May of 2021. Her favourite patients are Black-Billed Magpies and Common Ravens! In her spare time she enjoys hiking, spending time with her cat Abby and her dogs Rex and Louie, and binge-watching TV shows.
Sierra was born in the hot desert of Arizona. She moved to Canada in 2020 to pursue a relationship and animal-loving career. Growing up, she cared for newborn kitten litters and baby birds, but her passion solidified when she was only 10 feet away from a Bald Eagle located at an Arizona rehabilitation site. Sierra graduated from Bow Valley College with a veterinary and office assisting certificate in the summer of 2022, following which she then became a volunteer at Calgary Wildlife. Her favorite wildlife are hawks and eagles. For hobbies, Sierra loves to take long hikes with a view, bake, and do puzzles while binging on a new TV show. She has two cats of orange and black colour that are named Mars & Sagan named after her interest in astronomy and stargazing.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Lottie was born and raised in Aldworth, England, but moved to Cochrane, Alberta with her family when she was 10. On her family’s acreage north-west of Cochrane, she grew up with Flat-Coated Retrievers, chickens, and sheep. She spent weekends and summers working as a technician assistant at a small animal clinic in Cochrane, which reinforced her desire of working in the veterinary field. Lottie has a keen interest in wildlife, ecology, and conservation, and works full-time at a small animal veterinary clinic; birds are her all -time favourite patients. Currently, she shares her house with Bow, a Flat-Coated Retriever; Mac, a German Short Haired Pointer puppy; and Red Rock, Barred Rock, and New Hampshire Red chickens.
Photo Credit: Evan Buchanan
Director of Wildlife Care & Services
Melanie Whalen, CWR
Melanie has a diverse career that includes wildlife research, rehabilitation, and husbandry that spans over 20 years. Melanie has worked as a wildlife technician doing field research and wildlife rescue for both the Ontario and Newfoundland provincial governments. She has worked on a variety of projects from Rabies, Chronic Wasting Disease research to nest ecology studies to moose and wolf studies in Algonquin Park. Melanie has worked with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative where she contributed to co-ordinating the first province-wide white-nose syndrome surveillance program nationally. Melanie has worked with a variety of species from bats to musk ox in wild and captive settings. She is an advocate for wildlife conservation and in her spare time enjoys nature photography and painting.
Dr. Jordan Greenfield, DVM
Originally from a Hereford cattle farm in southern Alberta, Dr. Jordan Greenfield obtained his DVM degree in 2020 from the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine before doing a one year internship in companion animal medicine, surgery, and emergency care. Jordan has also had the privilege of completing portions of his veterinary education, and rotations as a vet, at the multiple zoos in North America. He has also done research and work with free ranging wildlife populations in Canada, including fishers, bighorn sheep, black bears, and Vancouver Island marmots. Jordan enjoys baking and bird watching in his spare time and is looking for lending what medical aid he can to Calgary and area’s wild life populations.
Eliann recently switched from a career in landscaping and education to working as a wildlife hotline operator in the summer of 2023. Eliann cares for seven guinea pigs of their own at home and has a huge heart for animals of all kinds. They enjoy volunteering on their days off with horses and cows at a ranch north of Calgary. Eliann started their career attaining a degree in English linguistics and has grown a passion for working with people in a meaningful environment. Eliann spent many months abroad learning about other cultures and languages during their education which expanded their outlook on the world and their ability to communicate. The recent switch to working on the hotline and volunteering with animals has been an amazing opportunity as Eliann has found a happy medium of using their communication skills alongside doing something that they truly love
Registered Veterinary Technician
Nadine St Peter
Nadine knew from the young age of five she wanted to help animals in any way she could. She graduated from Lakeland College, as an Animal Health Technologist, in 2008. Her favourite subject in college was Avian and Exotic Animal Handling, and she's thrilled to be able to put that knowledge to good use at Calgary Wildlife. Prior to joining the Calgary Wildlife team, Nadine worked in general practice and at an animal shelter.
In her free time, Nadine loves to bake for her family and friends. She also has two rambunctious boys, 8 and 4 years old, who keep her very busy. Nadine and her boys love taking nature walks together, where she instills in them a love for nature and respect for all animals.
Board of Directors.
Kyle joined the Board of Directors in 2022. He has a passion for wildlife and wilderness-based on a childhood exploring the lakes and forests of Ontario. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in the biological sciences. Kyle also spent time working as a fisheries biologist in northern Ontario conducting fisheries assessments for First Nations. He has been in living in Calgary since 2017, where he attended the University of Calgary for law school and currently works as a lawyer at an international law firm. Kyle is excited to be part of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society and hopes to help animals in need around the city.
“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, and I felt I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.” – Henry David Thoreau
Scott has over 20 years’ experience in finance and business management. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA). Highly regarded for business acumen and specialized excellence in finance and operations, Scott has worked with multiple federal and provincial ministries and brings a wealth of knowledge from positions in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors including industries such as the performing arts, post secondary education, healthcare, and power and utilities.
Scott is a strong and collaborative leader with a track record of mentorship and guiding organizations to achieving their strategic and operational goals, creating operational efficiencies, and bridging cross-functional priorities. Scott passionately contributes to the community and has supported various organizations through Board work.
Pommashea is the Managing Partner of AdvanceU 1st Consultants. The firm focuses on helping non and for profit organizations engage with key constituents and build long-lasting revenue streams.
Pommashea has held leadership roles at the U of C, SAIT, and in BC as VP, External Relations and CEO of the BCIT Foundation. Prior to BCIT, Pommashea worked in the social services sector as VP, Resource Development with United Way of the Lower Mainland.
Recognized as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader, Pommashea is also a sought-after speaker in the areas of leadership, fund development, marketing and constituent engagement.
As a native Calgarian, Pommashea grew up on a farm a stone’s throw from our wildlife rehabilitation Centre.
Pommashea holds an MBA with distinction from Athabasca University.
Leanna has always respected wildlife and enjoyed the outdoors. She has over eleven years of business, marketing, customer service, and leadership experience, with coaching and training being the centre of her career. Currently, she is a college instructor and an entrepreneur, who is completing her MBA with Athabasca University.
“I’ve always had a strong passion for wildlife and volunteer work. I am proud that I can use my experience to help The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.”
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Janice was born and raised in Vancouver BC and moved to Calgary in 1981, escaping the Wet Coast. Animals have always played an important part of her life, from volunteering at the SPCA in the 70’s to having a zoo of family pets for her own children. Retiring in 2017, after a 35-year career in Telecommunications, she sought out a Volunteer Animal Care role at Calgary Wildlife. After a 4-year hiatus from the corporate world, she joined the Board of Directors hoping to make a difference.
Megan is an environmental scientist with a passion for conservation, animals, and all things wild. She moved to Calgary from Chicago in 2006, where she discovered a deep appreciation for Alberta's wilderness spaces and all the creatures that live within them. She currently works as an environmental coordinator in Calgary's oil and gas industry and has previous experience as an environmental consultant for remediation, reclamation, and wildlife research projects. One of her favorite field projects was collecting data for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program, a continent-wide effort to assist in the conservation of birds and their habitats. She now has a particular soft spot for our flying dinosaur neighbors, and can often be found geeking out over Calgary’s abundance of beautiful birds. After volunteering on the ground at Calgary Wildlife, she's grateful and excited to be a part of the Board of Directors and looks forward to doing her part to further the Calgary Wildlife mission.