She has assisted with the hand raising of birds and small mammals, including:
- bush babies,
- field mice,
Margi has completed the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) certification twice.
Margi Brocklehurst is the chairlady of the board of Friends of Free Wildlife. She was a founding volunteer at FreeMe. Subsequently she became the Executive Director at the Jane Goodall Institute. Margi is passionate about ethical wildlife rehabilitation.
Margi Brocklehurst introduces herself:
I have been a resident of South Africa since November 1974; I’m now 63 years old and still feel the urge to make a difference!
My profession originally was as a midwife at the North Staffordshire Midwifery Hospital, where the average yearly birth-rate topped 6000!!! Lots of deliveries and nurturing experiences, I also spent time in the premature baby unit after qualifying.
I met my husband, Rob, 40 years ago whilst working at the Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital in Hillbrow; we met in January 1975 at a party!
We have 2 wonderful daughters, Zoë a wildlife scientist/ecologist and Kirsti who works for Health in Site as an online editor.
I met Sue Slotar whilst rehabbing owls for a couple of years before Sue, Merle Jankelowitz & Sharon Sasportas started FreeMe. I was a founder volunteer and board member of FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for 12 years and was voted in as CEO from 2002 when Sue moved on to JGISA. I have served in many capacities including finance and PR and fundraising. Many stories I can tell……
I was involved with the organising and hosting of the first IWRC course in 2004 at Delta.
I have recently attended and passed the exam for the IWRC Course in November.
In September 2005 Adel Malan, a well respected FreeMe volunteer took on the challenge of opening FreeMe KZN, tragically she was killed in a car accident on the way to this new venture. Because of her legacy, FreeMe KZN was built and continues today as a small, custom built, wildlife rehabilitation centre which has developed into an antelope and small mammal facility. I have been and still am involved with them too.
After leaving FreeMe in March 2009 with a very heavy heart, I was asked to become the Executive Director of JGISA and served from November 2009-2012,
I then “retired” and was asked to return and assist again in late 2013, which I did until December 2014. I still help out there from time to time.
At home I help Rob with our small business, Aardvark Tree Services; I am the office girl, bookkeeper and coffee maker too.
We have 4 dogs, one cat, a parrot and two garden ponds, one for the koi and one for the tilapia and the frogs!
FreeMe has always been my passion; I am thrilled to have been asked by former FreeMe volunteers to help where possible.
The volunteers I believe should be a treasured resource and I am hoping to be involved in creating a new invigorated team and a new and amazing life for The New FreeMe.
This is the next step in our 18 year old journey and I hope we’ll have something really special to celebrate for our 20th Anniversary in 2017.