Board of Directors

Jeannie Magis

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

Vice-President

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.

Erika Lambert-Shirzad

Secretary 

Erika is a lawyer with a multi-disciplinary solicitor/litigator practice, practicing a mix of environmental, municipal, health, expropriation and regulatory law. Erika has extensive experience drafting bylaws and policies, conducting legal research, providing legal advice and opinions, and negotiating and drafting agreements. She has also acted as counsel in legal proceedings before administrative tribunals and in civil litigation, judicial review and injunction proceedings before all levels of British Columbia courts.

Tommy Kwok

Treasurer

Tommy started his career as a Research Assistant at SFU’s Animal Care facility and developed a deep passion for environmental conservation and welfare of urban wildlife as he’s a true believer that “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrowed it from our children.” His biggest wish is for his son and future generations to enjoy the same natural wonders and scenic views that we have today.

Tommy has over 12 years of experience in Finance and Accounting and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. His focus and strengths are in the areas of strategy, business process improvement, and risk management and have worked in many different industries in both the public and private sectors.  He graduated at Simon Fraser University where he obtained his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Ecology.

 

Cheryl Churney

Director at Large

Cheryl is passionate about animal welfare and for over two decades, she has been involved with volunteerism and other activities to help advance the welfare of animals. Cheryl has 25 years of Human Resource Management experience, having served as human resource and change management professionals in various industries including telecommunications, financial services, government, and manufacturing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Manitoba as well as certifications in Change Management, Analytics for Talent Management, Strategic Workplace Planning, Managing Projects to name a few.

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