- Kawartha Wildlife Centre was founded as a registered charity
KWC moves to a new facility in Ennismore, Ontario
Ministry inspection granted
Development of Education and Outreach Programs
Ministry inspection approved
Launched education and outreach programs reaching over 3500 kids from local community
Received Organizational Authorization from the MNRF
Over 500 patient intakes
Launched virtual learning and outreach programs reaching over 1000 students and viewers
“To rehabilitate and release sick, orphaned and injured native wildlife and provide education throughout Peterborough and the Kawarthas on ways we can support wildlife species through conservation, awareness, and co-existence. Everyone has a stake in a healthy environment. We need fish in our lakes, animals in our forests, and birds in our skies. Help us keep Kawartha Wild!”
Meet The Team
Thom is a Professor of Conservation Biology and Fish and Wildlife at Fleming College, having completed his degrees in medical science from the University of Western Ontario. He is the Chair of Kawartha Wildlife Centre and also the Liaison to Nature Canada for Bird Friendly Cities Peterborough, bringing his expertise in animal biology to help guide the organization in making decisions that are ecologically sound and best serve Ontario's native species. Thom grew up on a farm outside of Pembroke Ontario and currently lives in Peterborough County with this wife and three kids. His favourite colour is green and he has a completely irrational dislike of chocolate ice cream.
Secretariat & Director of Development
Brittany first came to Peterborough as a biology student at Trent University. After leaving to complete her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education at Queen's University, Brittany returned to the Kawarthas where she has worked with Trent University and local charities. Brittany is currently works in education with the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, and is Owner and Operator of Finigan Consulting.
Rebecca is a lifetime resident of the Kawarthas and lover of all living things. Rebecca has been involved with a variety of animal rescue and support groups throughout her life. She joins KWC as a CPA with over 5 years’ experience in public accounting. Currently working as a tax specialist for Grant Thorton LLP, Rebecca lives with her husband, dogs, cat, bunny, and 2 horses in Pontypool.
A lifelong compassion and empathy for all animals inevitably lead Lorna to the world of wildlife rehabilitation. She spent her childhood summers camping and exploring the natural world with Girl Guides, horseback riding, and rescuing mice and birds from neighbourhood cats. One of her first jobs was taking care of boarding and inpatient clients at her Veterinarians clinic, followed by a position as a small animal and bird supervisor at a local pet store. After a 10 year career focused on nutrition and business management, Lorna instead decided to find a way to help the injured and vulnerable local wildlife, who were suffering due to no wildlife rehabilitation resources available to her community. Determined, she volunteered and trained with other wildlife centres and custodians, and was entrusted as a foster care provider. Lorna joined the Kawartha Wildlife Centre as Executive Director in January 2020. She is passionate about environmental issues, and attempts to practice a zero-waste, minimalistic lifestyle.
“I cannot do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good I can do”