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Our Board

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Bonnie joined the WRSOS team in 2017, and brought her enthusiasm and lifelong love of animals with her. After living in Jasper National Park for many years, she developed a deep appreciation of co-existing with wildlife. With a background in small business ownership and accounting, she joined WRSOS and has discovered a love of rescuing animals, most especially raptors, and hopes to work full time with them in the future.

She lives in Saskatoon and for the past 26 years has always shared her home with a golden retriever or two and a few rescue cats. She enjoys anything to do with nature, being outdoors and spending time with her family.

Bonnie Dell

Executive Director

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Rhiain Clarke is originally from Lichfield, England and has lived in Estevan since 2012. She joined the WRSOS in the summer of 2017, with her husband, Ian and daughter, Kura, after rescuing Winston (named by Kura), a Swainson’s Hawk with a broken wing, which they saw on the side of Highway 39.

Rhiain started helping wildlife in England, as a child, by rescuing and caring for hedgehogs and ducklings. She loves birds of prey, especially owls, and would like to pursue obtaining a falconry license. She would love to open a rehabilitation and education center for wild animals one day in the future.

Before joining the WRSOS Rhiain was a Flight Attendant, and is now a keen amateur landscape and wildlife photographer.

Rhiain Clarke

Acting President

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Hester is from China and has lived in Saskatoon for almost 10 years. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in accounting, and possesses excellent accounting skills, including bookkeeping, filing tax returns and competent use of accounting-related software. She has more than four years of experience working in a local accounting firm and the real estate industry as an accountant.

During her spare time, she likes to participate in volunteer events and help people in need. She joined WRSOS around a year ago as bookkeeper and has recently taken over the treasurer role. She thinks her experience with WRSOS has served as an invaluable contribution to her evolving understanding of caring, unity and kindness. Furthermore, she loves animals and cannot wait to learn how to rescue them!

Hester Ye

Treasurer

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Susan joined WRSOS around 5 years ago, and is thrilled to have joined the Board! She works for the Provincial Government as a team lead within the legal unit of Occupational Health and Safety. Prior to this, she worked for several years in the prison system. (It’s always nice to get out of jail!). Susan spends much of her free time to volunteering with WRSOS, Salthaven West, 2 dog rescue organizations, and with St. John Ambulance as an evaluator for therapy dogs. Her own dog, Daisy, is a therapy dog and a lot of hours are also spent doing visits to hospitals, nursing homes, etc!

“My very favorite part of this job is having the ability to see a rescue from start to finish. Being a volunteer at both Salthaven and WRSOS, I sometimes I get to do the rescue, help with the rehab, and then ultimately the release. Nothing better than seeing how everyone’s hard work has paid off when the animal is rehabilitated and released.”

Susan Boan

Secretary

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Mark Wayland

Director

Mark Wayland is a retired Wildlife Biologist. He began his career in 1981 at the Delta Waterfowl Research Station in Manitoba where he principally looked after the captive research flock but also assisted on numerous research projects on waterfowl and wetland ecology. After a further educational stint, he began a 30-year career with the Canadian Wildlife Service. For 20 of those years, he did research on wildlife toxicology and for the last 10 he became involved in species at risk conservation.

His career was marked by several important team achievements, some of which are highlighted here:

  • Led or coordinated teams that have produced and consulted on over 50 species at risk recovery documents, in accordance with the Species at Risk Act;

  • Contributed to the federal government’s regulatory agenda by participating on a team in the development and implementation of the Greater Sage Grouse Emergency Order under the federal Species at Risk Act;

  • Served as Steering Committee Co-Chair and led stakeholder engagement efforts in the development of the South of the Divide Multi-Species Action Plan, an action plan under the federal Species at Risk Act;

  • Coordinated and led a federal, provincial and territorial government collaboration that produced the Mackenzie River Basin State of the Aquatic Ecosystem Report (2003);

  • More than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications in ecotoxicology.

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Dr. Toni Moritz, originally from Winnipeg MB, came to Saskatoon six years ago to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Western College of Veterinary medicine. Although she has always had an interest in wildlife, it was in vet school that she realized she wanted to pursue it as part of her career. During vet school she was a member of the Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) where she volunteered in the wildlife ward at the college hospital and with their red-tailed hawk education ambassador.

 

She has spent time at the Wildlife Center of Virginia working in the hospital during her final year of vet school. She graduated in June 2019 and is currently doing a specialty internship at the WCVM in Zoological, Exotic and Wildlife medicine. She has been a board director of WRSOS since September 2018 as the veterinary representative and enjoys being able to apply her knowledge towards such a great and important organization.

Dr. Toni Moritz

Director

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Bio coming soon...

Preston Cicchine

Director