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About Us

Our Mission

“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!”

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2017

Kawartha Wildlife Centre was founded as a registered charity

Our History

2018

  • KWC moves to a new facility in Ennismore, Ontario
  • Ministry inspection granted
  • Development of Education and Outreach Programs

2019

  • Ministry inspection approved 
  • Launched education and outreach programs reaching over 3500 kids from local community

2020

  • Received Organizational Authorization from the MNRF
  • Over 500 patient intakes
  • Launched virtual learning and outreach programs reaching over 1000 students and viewers

Meet The Team

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Lorna Wilson

Executive Director

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”
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Rebecca Adrian

Treasurer

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.
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Brittany Harding

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.
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Thomas Luloff

Board Chair

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.

Core Values

Quality of Care

It is our goal to provide the highest quality of care possible for our patients. We strive to utilize all the resources available to us and by working with other rehabbers and educating the community. Our quality of care is constantly evaluated for improvement.

Education

Education is important to improving the quality of care we can provide to our patients, and for improving our ability to coexist with native species. We continue to expand and improve the opportunities we can provide to educate KWC members and the community.

Coexistence

There are many steps to be taken to improve our coexistence with native and wild species and reduce anthropogenic pressures on local ecosystems. We work towards this by educating KWC members and the community, and challenging ourselves and our peers to learn, grow and improve.

Ethical Standard

Kawartha Wildlife Centre has an established Code of Ethics that meets or exceeds the IWRC Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation, (Fourth Edition, 2012) which ensures our patients are fairly and equally cared for.

Equal and Fair

We are committed to implementing a Code of Conduct established by the KWC Board with input from KWC members. This Code of Conduct ensures equal and fair treatment of our patients, KWC members, and the community in the pursuit of our goals.

Health and Safety

It is important to maintain the health and safety of our patients and KWC members by having established protocols that are reviewed yearly. Additionally we continue to improve the health and safety of the community and local ecosystems by increasing opportunities for education on coexistence.

Challenge and Grow

Change and evolution are a fundamental part of nature. We recognize the value of challenging ourselves and committing to continuous improvement to benefit our patients, our local ecosystems, KWC members, and the communities we serve.