Linda Laurus is the founder and Executive Director of the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Linda’s professional experience lies in policy and communications consulting for the federal government, with an educational background at McGill University and Algonquin College. Linda has more than 20 years’ experience working with wildlife, as a volunteer for other rehabilitation centres and founder of the sanctuary in 2005.

Melissa Henry, a graduate of biology at Carleton University, is currently enrolled in the veterinary techinician program at Algonquin College. She began working at the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary as a a full-time intern in 2013 and never left. Melissa held several seasonal positions over the years. With her advanced knowledge of animal care and mentoring skills, Melissa is now a wildlife rehabilitation supervisor.