Howard holds an MSc. degree with a specialization in Wildlife Behaviour and Management and a BSc. (Honours) with a specialization in Zoology. Previously he was with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in several capacities over a distinctive career, notably as a Senior Biologist dealing with wildlife and involved with the management of species such as white-tailed deer, moose, caribou, elk and polar bear and black bear. Howard’s people skills along with project management, planning and public consultation experience are a tremendous advantage for Aspen Valley. He was the Chair of MNR’s Wildlife Animal Care Committee for 10 years which reviewed and approved research projects by MNR and universities that involved handling and holding wildlife.
Janalene Kingshott - Director of Animal Care
Jan is the key person responsible for animal care and is Aspen Valley’s Authorized Wildlife Custodian. She regularly attends conferences and networks to maintain her currency with wildlife rehabilitation practices. Her knowledge and innate ability to read the animals and respond to their needs plays a key role in her work with them. Janalene has spent hours of her own time researching the habits of the various species at the sanctuary with interests in nutrition housing and enrichment. Since arriving at Aspen Valley, Jan has successfully completed the Rehabilitator’s Examination, the Rabies Vector Species examination and the Chemical Immobilization examination.
Mike Cardy - Maintenance
Mike has been a valuable member of the Aspen Valley team since 2015, taking care of our many maintenance and operation needs. His maintenance experience comes from over twenty years of farming, as well as twenty five years of working in the manufacturing, and carpentry businesses. Mike is also an incredible professional wildlife photographer, which has allowed him to gain knowledge of many wild species through his thousands of hours in the field. He is well versed in animal behaviour, habitat, food sources, etc. Thanks Mike, for all that you do!
Elaine Kingshott - Bookkeeper & Office Admin.
Elaine works in the office, ensuring that the financial details of the wildlife sanctuary are kept according to standards and regulations. She also acts as the administrator in the office, keeping us efficient and organized!
For our veterinary needs, we are so grateful to have Dr.Sherri Cox from National Wildlife Centre and her mobile clinic as part of our team. Dr.Cox is the founder of the National Wildlife Centre and is committed to helping educate students on wildlife conservation, medicine, and emergency preparedness and response. Dr. Cox is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and is an accredited wildlife veterinarian. As a wildlife veterinarian she has a special interest in orthopedic surgery and has considerable experience working with many species native wildlife – from birds to reptiles to mammals.
Dr.Cox is currently the Executive Director, Global Development, Innovation and Research at the University of Guelph, Canada. Dr.Cox and her talented interns visit us at our sanctuary to preform procedures such as work under anesthesia, medical exams, etc.
In addition to Dr.Cox, Dr.Trinita, a member of Dr.Cox’s team, joins us on-site two days a week to further tend to our veterinary needs. Trinita is highly knowledgable and preforms procedures, initial and checkup exams, and teaches our staff and volunteers new techniques and information!
Our work could not be thorough and successful without the commitment of so many selfless people who place great value on seeing disadvantaged wildlife being helped. We thank them for their loyalty and dedication.
Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: 1116 Crawford Street Rosseau, ON P0C 1J0
What Our Visitors Are Saying:
"Our environment is a legacy to our children. This team works to support Canada's habitats and native animals in so many ways. Thanks for all you do!"
"Amazing people doing great work."
"Overall great experience."
"A really nice walk with mom and dad. I learned how beavers make up the environment."