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Our Team

Meet our team of friendly Ballarat Wildlife and Conservation Inc (BWRAC) volunteer committee

Ballarat Wildlife Rehabilitation + Conservation Committee


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Jennifer Greenhalgh

Jennifer has been an active wildlife rescuer and carer for over 30 years. She brings a wealth of wildlife knowledge and passion to our committee. She is an invaluable mentor. She is registered with her own wildlife shelter.

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Jessica Robertson (President)

Jessica is an experienced advocate for wildlife, wildlife rescuer and carer. She has been advocating to help Ballarat koalas for many years, leading campaigns that raise awareness about the many issues threatening their survival in the region. Jessica was trained as a filmmaker and media artist and now works as an educational designer in the University sector. 

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Dr Adrienne Lavinia (Vice President)

Dr Adrienne Lavinia graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology, Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2013, and most recently is working on her Masters of Veterinary Science with an expected completion date of November 2022. She has a passion for conservation medicine and has presented at numerous conferences.

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Nikki Shanahan

Nikki is a veterinary nurse with over 36 years of technical knowledge and experience. Her background includes having worked at Taronga Zoo and most currently in a veterinary practice where she is responsible for training and continuing education of the staff.

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Melissa Morey (Secretary)

Melissa has over 27 years experience in the corporate environment where she has worked in various companies that were ISO quality accredited. Most recently, prior to moving to Ballarat in 2019, she was the Secretariat for the Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) for about 10 years. She designed and implemented various systems and processes to improve the AFMWs governance compliance. Melissa was instrumental in getting the organisation accredited with the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), acquired Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce as Patron of the AFMW, introduced the first annual report publication for the AFMW and managed the successful award nomination of Dr Desiree Yap who received an Australia Medal (AM) in 2020.

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Melissa Brown

Melissa is a career Veterinary Nurse with over 30 years experience. Her background has been in mixed practise as well as assisting with the administration and training of younger staff. In her recent role, she also did all the preparation work of establishing a new practise. She has long had special interest in veterinary wildlife treatment.

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