Volunteer Spotlight: Roxana Lelewski!

We asked Roxana some questions about her time with Wild Ontario. Here's what she said:

1. Why did you decide to volunteer for Wild Ontario?

I was drawn to Wild Ontario because I found the educational aspect of the program combined with the opportunity to get to learn about handling and husbandry of raptors really exciting. I saw it as an opportunity to grow not only as an individual, but as a member of an inspiring team who helps spread awareness about wildlife and the environment.   

2. When did you join the program?

I joined the program in September 2014.

3. What have you learned/how have you grown through this experience?

Through this program, I have learned and grown in more ways than I ever anticipated. Undoubtedly, I have learned to work with raptors and care for their everyday needs through husbandry and handling. But beyond these practical skills, I have grown as an individual and developed confidence, communication, and leadership. Furthermore, I have been welcomed into a group of some of the most dedicated, hard working, enthusiastic, caring, and talented people I have ever met. I am exceedingly proud to call these amazing humans my friends, and I will definitely cherish the experiences I have had throughout this program for a lifetime.

4. How would you describe the bird(s) you work with?

Currently I work with Freyja, a juvenile female Red-Tailed Hawk. If I could anthropomorphize her character for one second, I would compare her to an energetic, eager, goofy, and extremely curious toddler. Freyja consistently reminds me that patience, determination, and positive reinforcement training really can work. Seeing her develop since her arrival at the program and being a part of that journey has been extremely rewarding.

5. What’s up next for you?

I’m currently finishing up my third year at the Ontario Veterinary College, and will be starting the fourth and final year of my studies there this coming summer when a full year of clinical rotations begin for me!

6. What others say about Roxana:

"Roxana is awesome! She is friendly, patient and a great mentor to new volunteers!"

"Roxana is a real pleasure to work with - always upbeat and positive, great with the public, the birds and her Wild Ontario teammates!"

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