Board of Directors

Jeannie Magis

Interim President

Jeannie Magis

Jeannie’s career started off with the birds… literally! Inspired by the Exxon Valdez, she began her career in wildlife rehabilitation with a focus on oil spill response. Jeannie was invited to manage the Southern California facility for the International Bird Rescue and was part of the IFAW International Oil Spill Response Team. In 2004 she moved to Vancouver and began working at Royal Columbian Hospital as a Laboratory Technician. Eight years later she decided to merge her two passions – Health & Wellness, and Food – and entered the world of Natural & Organic food sales with a focus on the Independent grocers in B.C. In Jeannie’s spare time you will find her testing her culinary skills or out hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.

Nicole Belanger


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.

Deborah Markle


Director 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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