Meet Georgina

Executive Director

Growing up near the Stoney Reserve, Georgina was heavily involved in rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs in her youth. She went on to graduate from the University of Calgary with a Civil Engineering degree—but after working at a sled dog kennel near Canmore that housed wolfdogs, and then adopting her own in 2009, she knew she wanted to pursue her passion for wolfdog rescue.

In 2011, she started Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary on a small property in Canmore with the goal of creating a safe haven for displaced wolfdogs and stand up against the myths surrounding wolfdogs. Then, in 2015, she was able to move her organization to a 160 acre plot just outside of Cochrane where she can now house more rescued wolfdogs, and invites people to tour the sanctuary.

Meet Joel

Assistant Director

Coming from North Western Ontario, Joel observed various wolves in the wild and from a young age developed a passion for wolves. After moving to Alberta in 2013, a visit to the sanctuary to learn more about wolfdogs was a must.

Meeting Georgina and the pack helped him realized the importance of the Sanctuary and wanted to become involved any way he could. He began volunteering his time with the sanctuary and quickly became an invaluable member of the team. He was also able to fulfill a lifelong dream of adopting his very own wolfdog!

In the future Joel hopes to expand the Sanctuary’s education outreach by bringing some of our ambassador wolfdogs to schools to further educate the public on wolves and wolfdogs.

Meet Alyx

Sanctuary Manager

Alyx has always had a passion for animals. She took a strong interest in dogs, and furthered this passion by taking an apprenticeship program to become a dog trainer after she graduated high school. The apprenticeship program allowed many opportunities for Alyx, such as receiving a position as the lead role of a specialized puppy socialization program.

Later in 2015, Alyx started her own mobile dog training business: Wisepup Training, which she continues to run today. The opportunity arose to join the team at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in May of 2015 and Alyx happily accepted a volunteer internship position. After volunteering at the sanctuary for quite some time, Alyx was offered a full time position as Sanctuary Manager. Working at the sanctuary has allowed Alyx to further her knowledge in animal behaviour, which she applies to all animals she gets the opportunity to train and interact with.

Kara

Tour Guide

Kara is a recent graduate of the Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership program at Mount Royal University and has a strong passion for wildlife conservation and experiential education. This love for animals has thus grown exponentially through her time volunteering at national parks and co-leading interpretive programs in the backcountry, where wildlife is the main focus. Since joining the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary team, she has grown a strong interest and love for wolves and wolfdogs, and is continuously expanding her knowledge on canine behaviour and traits. Watching the wolfdogs interact and giving the wolfdogs lots of affection is Kara’s favourite past time.

Scott

Tour Guide

Though not initially pursuing a career in the field, Scott has had a lifelong love and connection to animals, especially canines. He instead chased his dream of becoming a schoolteacher, and then eventually landed on an electrician’s ticket. Wanting to get away from living and working in downtown Calgary, Scott visited the sanctuary in the summer of 2016 and immediately felt at home. Now, Scott enjoys spending his days with the wolfdogs, and bringing his education background to the team at Yamnuska! He loves giving tours of the sanctuary, as he is happy to share his passion with all of our wonderful guests!

Meet Skookum

Official Sanctuary Greeter

Skookum is our resident Giant Alaskan Malamute who is responsible for welcoming all our visitors! He happily greets all our guests with a big smile and sloppy kisses. Though not a wolfdog, Skookum tends to be a fan favourite here at the sanctuary and regularly poses for photos with our guests. On his days off Skookum enjoys lounging on the couch and eating dog treats.

Interns

Angie

Angie fills her days volunteering and fostering dogs for a number of local rescue organizations (and raising her two boys). She also spends time at Bear Valley Rescue with rescued horses and farm animals. Building meaningful relationships with canines through force free methods of training has become a passion for her and the opportunity to expand her knowledge by working with wolfdogs has been invaluable! Though we all aim to not have “favourites”, she has formed a very special bond with our most senior wolfdog, which has enriched both of their lives immeasurably. Spending time with these amazing animals is something that any dog-lover should experience at least once in a lifetime!

Jodi
Fundraising Coordinator

Jodi has had a lifelong passion for dogs. She divides her personal time between volunteering with dogs and enjoying her time with her five dogs at home. Every summer she takes a working vacation down to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to work at Dogtown and has been looking for a similar sanctuary here in Alberta, and was ecstatic when she found out about Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. She has been volunteering with three of her dogs with PALS (Pet Access League Society) for almost ten years at various healthcare facilities across Calgary and currently sits on the PALS board where she found her passion for fundraising. Now Jodi has open range to help out Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and the wolfdogs thru various fundraising activities, but will always find time to squeeze in snuggles with her favourite of the bunch, Rango.