Wendy has completed the IWRC certification twice. At FreeMe Wendy assisted in the kitchen, in the clinic and with orientation. In addition Wendy Brodie has been a shift leader and stand-in clinic manager.
Wendy Brodie tells us how she came to FreeMe:
I have always been very concerned with Animal welfare, and assisted local organizations in small ways over the years.
When FreeMe opened in my neighbourhood in 1997, the local papers were full of wonderful articles and pics of rescued wildlife.
I was privileged to be accepted as a volunteer in 2000, and have enjoyed every minute of my journey through the different stages of FreeMe’s evolution from a fledgling rehab centre to a leading organization.
Wendy Brodie tells her favourite FreeMe story:
My favourite FreeMe story is the story of a community 18 years ago needing a local volunteer centre take in and care for injured, orphaned or compromised urban wildlife. Residents of Johannesburg got together, secured premises, obtained permits and named their centre FreeMeWildlife rehabilitation Centre.. The word spread and we quickly became an important destination for compromised urban wildlife across the city. Besides the public; Vets, Nature conservation officials and the SPCA have regularly used the services of FreeMe over many years.
FreeMe was developed and built by members of public to serve their communities and the wildlife of the City of Johannesburg. It has been staffed by over 1000 volunteers over the years. Volunteers have come from areas spread across the length and breadth of Johannesburg… providing a very important link into the wider community. Besides being informal educators, they have kept an eye on the resident wildlife and intervened when necessary.
Why Wendy Brodie is qualified to be a FreeMe Board Member:
Wendy has been involved with FreeMe since its third year. She has served on the board in the past as well as been a member of the volunteer committee. Wendy Brodie has assisted in rehabilitating animals (specialising in tortoises), helped raise funds and arranged sponsorships for FreeMe. Wendy has also given talks to the community, held courses, re-written manuals and acted as a courier. Wendy has written articles published in newspapers and magazines. Wendy has worked three shifts a week in addition to acting as Clinic Manager. She has also visited wildlife rehabilitation centres in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
I feel I have enough insight into the past to be able to assist in taking FreeMe into the future and most importantly to ensure its continuation as a volunteer non profit community organization. — Wendy Brodie