Board of Directors

Scott Riddell


Scott graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Organizational Behaviour and Industrial Relations Management. He is currently part of the senior management team at London Drugs Limited holding the position of Manager, Strategic Innovation. He has been with London Drugs since 1986 getting his start providing health care services in the pharmacy division.

Scott has a long association with Wildlife Rescue going back more than a decade. As well as being a donor and Lifetime Member he has provided volunteer services to the organization. Prior to his appointment as President, he was Director at Large for the Association.

Nicole Belanger


Nicole, who is an experienced Veterinary Technician and a forestry and wildlife specialist, has been a long-time advocate for wildlife. As well as working in veterinary clinics, she has experience as an emergency oiled wildlife responder and wildlife rehabilitator.

She has dedicated the past 11 years of her professional life working in the research field; first with the University of Alberta and then with the University of British Columbia where she has spent the past eight years managing the Breeding Facility for the Center for Disease Modeling.

As well as acting as Vice President for the Board of Directors at Wildlife Rescue, Nicole is proud to volunteer her time as the Chair of the Animal Care Committee.

Nicole enjoys nature walks with her two terrier companions and is an avid wildlife photographer.

Diane Simmons


Diane first joined WRA in 1987 when the facility was housed in the Nature House on the north side of Burnaby Lake. During her long association with the organization, Diane has held many positions, including those of volunteer, administrative staff, homecare provider and director.

Diane’s professional qualifications include certifications in non-profit management, negotiation, and wildlife rehabilitation. In addition to her commitment to wildlife care and rehabilitation, Diane is an active supporter of various rescue organizations and co-founded Pets-Matter Foster Care, a society dedicated to keeping pets and their families together in times of crisis. Diane returned to the Board of Directors in 2007 and currently serves as Secretary to the Board.

Deborah Markle


Deborah’s initial taste for wildlife rehabilitation came from working for almost six years with large mammals and raptors as a volunteer and on-call Wildlife Ranger for the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.

Wanting to learn more about smaller mammals and birds, Deborah joined WRA as a volunteer in 2004, and subsequently developed her skill levels in wildlife rehabilitation as well as participating in numerous fundraising and educational events.

Most recently, Deborah expanded her commitment to WRA by joining the Board of Directors in October 2008, and she looks forward to helping contribute in this new role to the betterment of urban wildlife.

Deborah has a background in special event coordination, public consultation and communications.

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