|Judy’s commitment to Procyon has been valued over many years. Her drive to learn more, and her friendly approach to training and mentoring new volunteers and summer students are always appreciated.|
|Judy is a very dedicated and reliable volunteer who is always going the extra mile for the animals. Judy never misses a day where she is expected to be at the centre. She is always punctual and trains new volunteers regularly. She is very good at helping to manage the other volunteers to make sure that everything at the centre runs smoothly. She is very good at looking after the animals and is pleasant to work with. She is a great addition to Procyon!|
Q. How did you become involved with Procyon in the first place?
A. I’ve always had a love for animals. When I retired from teaching, I met a lady who volunteered at a wildlife centre. She sparked my interest in helping in any way I could. I started by donating to the WWF but I wanted to do more. So here I am.
Q. What is your favourite kind of critter to work with?
A. Anyone who knows me, knows my greatest passion is raccoons. From babies to youngsters, they are filled with trust, and show curiosity and playfulness — just like children! And as adult raccoons, I’m learning to distance myself so they can be wild again.
Q. What do you find the most rewarding part of volunteering here?
A. Volunteering at Procyon has allowed me to learn sooo much about our wildlife, and how to give medications properly and with confidence. Crystal is a fountain of knowledge and she’s taught me so much about all the critters.
Q. What do you think is the most important thing you share with those not involved about helping/living in harmony with wildlife?
A. What I share with those not involved — well, I share my pictures and tell my stories of the funny raccoon that made me laugh, the squirrel that tried to escape (and sometimes did), the deer that scared me by coming up behind me, the opossum that I adored, …
Q. What is something about you that other volunteers would be surprised if they knew?
A. In the past I did crazy things like skydiving, but now I have settled down for a calmer, more satisfying pastime. At home I feed the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds. Right now I’m building squirrel nest boxes and more birdhouses for my own critters. I have my own little menagerie.