Wildlife Rescue Team

Coleen Doucette

Executive Director

Wildlife Rescue Staff

For the last twenty years I have had the privilege of a career in wildlife response and rehabilitation. Working with wild animals and the teams of people that dedicate their lives to reducing suffering, is a humbling experience that has shaped who I am. My past leadership experience has been with Acadia Wildlife Foundation, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, International Bird Rescue and Focus Wildlife.In the last five years I have focused on how we as humans create the world around us. Through my business founded in 2010, I provide services for mediation, professional coaching and business development. I work with progressive non-profits such as BC SPCA and Community Futures, as well as evolving small businesses.

It is a pleasure to bring all my skills to bear as Executive Director of Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (WRA). I have been involved with WRA since 2006 and am the most recent Past President of the Board of Directors. It is an honour to work with an amazing team of people as we contribute to the present and future of such an important organization.

Rob Vandermey

Operations & Finance Director

Wildlife Rescue Staff

Rob joined the Wildlife Rescue team in 2015 and brings with him extensive experience in the financial management of not-for-profits and charities. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of project and construction management, finance, and budget administration. Rob graduated with honours from Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario with a diploma in Business Administration. He has also taken a number of university courses such as not-for-profit management, management accounting and management of human resources. Rob also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of a nursing home in Ontario for four years.

Linda Bakker

Programs Director

Wildlife Rescue Staff

Linda joined the WRA team as an animal care volunteer in 2006. She has a varied background that includes a degree in surgical nursing, a Master of Arts in Environmental Science, and five years experience working as an environmental consultant in the Netherlands. Linda has had many different positions within Wildlife Rescue including Wildlife Rehabilitator, Volunteer Coordinator and Team Leader of Wildlife Rehabilitation. In addition to her work at Wildlife Rescue, she resides on the Board of Directors for the Oiled Wildlife Society of BC.

Fiona Burness

Director of Human Resources

Wildlife Rescue Staff

Fiona originally joined Wildlife Rescue in February 2015 as an animal care and helpline volunteer. She joined the staff as Director of Human Resources in October of the same year. She has over 20 years of leadership experience, gained through staff and project management positions in education, local government and retail. She holds an MA in English Language and Literature, a postgraduate certificate in education, an MA(Ed) in guidance and counselling and a university diploma in geoscience.


Sam Smith

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Sam joined Wildlife Rescue in March 2017 as the newly minted Marketing & Communications Coordinator. After having spent many years as a multimedia journalist working throughout B.C. covering crime, politics, art, and environmental issues, he eventually made the transition into Communications.

He spent his younger years growing up along Burnaby Mountain, and most of his childhood summers traversing the wilderness of Montana with his family. His passion and enthusiasm for nature was sparked there and has never faded since.

He can be reached directly at 604-526-2747 ext. 504.

Janelle Stephenson

Manager, Wildlife Hospital

Janelle began her journey at Wildlife Rescue in 2005 when she signed on as a volunteer. Through the years she moved up from this position starting with work as a summer staff member, then casual staff, a wildlife technician, communications coordinator and then finally the Wildlife Hospital Manager.

Janelle oversees animal care, treatment protocols, and personally provides aid to the wildlife in care. In addition, she manages the wildlife technicians and animal care staff.

Janelle has a BSc in applied animal biology, with a focus on wildlife, animal welfare, and animal nutrition. She also has a diploma in Environmental Science.

She has worked with animals her whole life, and is dedicated to improving the lives of animals everywhere.

Maddie Phillips

Assistant Manager, Wildlife Hospital

Maddie has always have wanted to work with animals and has spent many years studying and gaining experience in the field so that she could follow her passion.

Following studies in zoo and aquarium technology, she has sought out a wide range of wildlife related experiences including volunteer work abroad in Costa Rica where she was involved in the care of parrots, sloths, ocelot, anteater, raccoons, primates. She is also volunteered for Thailand Rescue Centers (Elephants) and has worked with seniors’ pet therapy programs as well as educational experiences for people of all ages.

Maddie, who is a transplant from Ontario, moved to Vancouver in 2016 to pursue an opportunity with Wildlife Rescue. As well as ensuring that animals receive the best possible care at the Wildlife Hospital, she currently volunteers for the parrot rescue charity Grey Haven.

Gylaine Andersen

Assistant Hospital Manager

Wildlife Rescue Staff.

Gylaine started volunteering at Wildlife Rescue in 2010. In 2011 she joined the team as a summer wildlife care worker, and spent the next three summers caring for nestling and fledgling birds. In 2012 Gylaine graduated from UBC with a BSc in Animal Biology and was accepted into the Animal Health Technology program at Douglas College. In 2014, she graduated as a veterinary technologist and joined the Wildlife Hospital team as a full time wildlife technician the same year. She has since been promoted to Assistant Hospital Manager.


Kristen Trudeau

Admissions and Helpline Coordinator

Before joining Wildlife Rescue in 2016, Kristen gained a wealth of experience at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton where she held a number of positions including Logistics & Admin Coordinator for an oil spill, Wildlife Technician, Volunteer Coordinator and Events Coordinator. She is currently working towards a biology degree with a focus on conservation. Kristen is an avid birder and outdoor adventurer, with a passion for wildlife, nature and the environment and she currently volunteers with Bird Studies Canada.

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