We have a small but extremely dedicated staff team at Wild ARC. Their backgrounds are varied, including education in animal health, biology, environmental studies and wildlife welfare. They are united by their passion for wildlife and the hours they have dedicated to their chosen field, volunteering and further developing their professional expertise.
Supporting our talented staff is an equally dedicated volunteer crew. Consider joining our volunteer team!
If you are an experienced wildlife rehabilitator who has worked in a busy centre with many species and are legally entitled to work in Canada, we are always interested in keeping your information for future openings. Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Wild ARC Staff:
Sam, BSc, RVT – Manager: Sam is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with a degree in Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation. She has studied, researched and worked with wildlife across Canada and the USA since 2010 and has worked on and off at Wild ARC as a Wildlife Rehabilitator and RVT since 2015 before transitioning into the manager role in September 2023. When not working, Sam enjoys spending time outdoors with her growing family and running an educational non-profit society focused on coexisting with wildlife.
Wallis – Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator: Wallis has a biology degree from the University of Victoria. She has been a wildlife rehabilitator for over 10 years and has been involved in the field for over 15. Wallis started out as a volunteer at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC and eventually worked there for several years before joining Wild ARC. She has spent time at several rehabilitation centres across the United States. Her experience is wide ranging, with a focus on songbirds and aquatic birds. She is also a permitted bird bander and volunteers for Rocky Point Bird Observatory and the BC Purple Martin Stewardship and Recovery Program.
Mady, RVT – Registered Veterinary Technician: Mady went to school for a diploma in Animal Health technologist to work with exotics and wildlife. After graduating in 2021 as a registered veterinary technician, she worked with domestic animals at a general veterinary practice and a 24/7 veterinary emergency specialty hospital. In January 2023, Mady started her wildlife career at Wild ARC as an RVT to pursue her passion for wildlife.
Alyssa – Wildlife Rehabilitator: Alyssa worked with leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica in 2011. She moved from Winnipeg to Victoria to pursue a marine bio degree. She graduated in 2017 from UVIC with a degree in biology which focused on marine biology. Alyssa pursued field work in 2019 monitoring Long-billed Curlew nests. She began her time at Wild ARC in July 2019 as a practicum student.
Katelyn, BSc – Wildlife Rehabilitator: Katelyn joined the Wild ARC team as a Junior Wildlife Rehabilitator in March 2021 and became a Wildlife Rehabilitator in fall of 2021. She has a degree in Wildlife Biology and Conversation from the University of Guelph, and has been in the wildlife rehabilitation field since 2015. She has experience working with a variety of different animal groups; including domestics, husbandry animals and exotics, but her real passion is wildlife.
Melissa – Wildlife Rehabilitator: Melissa graduated in 2019 with a Zoology degree from the University of British Columbia. She spent time in Zambia and South Africa, studying the movement of lions in game reserves before returning to Canada to pursue wildlife rehabilitation work. Melissa has worked at multiple rehabilitation centres across Canada and was working at Hope for Wildlife for 4 years before joining the Wild ARC team in Oct 2022.
Dominique – Wildlife Assistant: Dominique started her wildlife career in 2019 when she interned and worked at Critter Care Wildlife Society. After falling in love with wildlife rehabilitation, she continued her education at UBC where she obtained an honours degree in Applied Animal Biology, focusing on wild animal welfare and conservation. Through UBC, she became a practicum student at Wild ARC in 2021. Dominique decided to continue pursuing work at Wild ARC, and was a Junior Wildlife Rehabilitator in the summers of 2022 and 2023, before accepting a job as a permanent Wildlife Assistant in the fall of 2023.
- Wildlife Rehabilitators: Christina (RVT, CWR), Marguerite (BSc, RVT), Neil, Rebecca, Carlee, Roman
- Junior Wildlife Rehabilitators: Avery
- Wildlife Assistants: Shay, Sarah, Hannah
Victoria & Wild ARC Team
Breanne Beckett – Senior Manager, Victoria Area: Breanne has extensive senior management experience in non-profit and luxury hospitality sectors with direct experience hiring and developing teams that are committed to excellence and making a difference. She is passionate and results-driven by connecting community to purpose and always leads with her heart. Breanne has volunteered with many non-profits in Halifax and Calgary including Mustard Seed. Breanne completed her Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Management from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Jes Alder – Senior Officer, Community Giving: Jes has a wealth of experience in events, sponsorships and stakeholder relations. She oversees fundraising portfolios in the Greater Southern Vancouver Island area for Wild ARC and the Victoria Community Animal Centre. Jes has a deep passion for all animals and years of experience in non-profit organizations. Sharing the outstanding work Wild ARC does for vulnerable animals in our community and how the support of businesses and individuals locally, provincially and beyond are making a positive and life changing impact for an animal here every single day is an honor and absolute highlight of her career to date.
Provincial Wild Animal Welfare Team
Andrea Wallace, PhD, RPBio – Manager, Wild Animal Welfare: As part of the BC SPCA’s Science & Policy division, Andrea manages wild animal welfare initiatives on a provincial level including advocacy, education, as well as collaborations with veterinarians, government, other wildlife rehabilitation centres, and researchers. She also supports the BC SPCA’s Animal Helpline and Animal Care Centres across B.C. Andrea has a PhD in conservation science from Imperial College London, UK and is a Registered Professional Biologist with the College of Applied Biologists. She has extensive experience in natural resource management, wildlife ecology and behaviour, and was the Wild ARC Manager from March 2017 to December 2019.
Nadia Xenakis, MSc, RPBio – Specialist, Wild Animal Welfare: Nadia works at the BC SPCA provincial office supporting provincial wild animal welfare initiatives, including communications, education, advocacy and academic collaborations. She also supports Wild ARC with digital fundraising campaigns. Nadia started with the BC SPCA in 2023, after completing her MSc in Applied Animal Biology from the UBC Animal Welfare Program on humane wildlife control, and is a Registered Professional Biologist with the College of Applied Biologists. Nadia’s experience also includes wildlife rehabilitation, urban wildlife coexistence, and teaching assistantships.