Who We Are
Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society (NWPS) is a registered Canadian charity (BN13302 9140 RR0001) and BC Society (S-22507). Since 1987 NWPS has been preserving wildlife in the Pacific northwest. Our mandate is Preservation Through Education. We focus on providing free wildlife education and stewardship programs to disadvantaged people throughout British Columbia. While we work mainly with children and youth, we work with all kinds of groups including but not limited to public and private school classes, summer camps, youth groups, boy/girl scouts, retirement homes, First Nations groups, and new immigrants. By fostering a connection with nature, and developing the imperative leadership skills and passion in young people especially, we are ensuring the natural world will continue to be preserved for its own intrinsic value and for the benefit of all.
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Shortly after graduating with a combined honours BA in Communication Studies and Spanish from Wilfrid Laurier University, Kristine merged her work experience in corporate finance with her passion for wildlife conservation. In 2008 she moved to West Africa to help manage a primate conservation, education and research non-profit called CERCOPAN. After returning to Canada in 2009, she moved to British Columbia to focus on Canadian conservation issues. She worked with Burns Bog Conservation Society in Delta as their Communications Coordinator before starting with NWPS in 2011. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, snowboarding and kayaking.
Kristine KrynitzkiExecutive Director
Born in the prairies but raised by the Rockies, Karlee has always felt at home in the outdoors. She craves connection, whether it be people, animals, or nature, which ultimately aligned her with her career path in wildlife conservation.
Karlee graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technologies Biological Sciences program specializing in Renewable Resources. This education provided her with a strong foundation of knowledge about sustainable practices that not only benefit the environment but also enrich the communities and people who take part in these practices.
Beginning her career in Banff National Park as a Trail Guide, Karlee loved being able to teach people from around the world about the flora and fauna of the Rocky Mountains. It was here she moved on to become the Interpretive Centre Assistant Supervisor at Sunshine Village. Moving back home to Edmonton, she took a role as an Outdoor Educator at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre. There she was granted the opportunity to plan and deliver high quality outdoor and environmental education programs to the public, schools, community and adult groups. Always fascinated by animals, Karlee then moved on to the Edmonton Valley Zoo as an interpreter to deepen her understanding of wildlife education. With this organization, she had exposure to educating groups of up to 500 people on conservation and wildlife, allowing her to deepen her knowledge of wildlife species.
Volunteering with Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, WildNorth Wildlife Rescue, and Alberta Animal Rescue Society has allowed Karlee to understand the significance of protecting and preserving wildlife. She is an avid snowboarder, back-country hiker, and all-around active lifestyle enthusiast.
Karlee joined the NWPS team in October 2019 leading programs throughout the Lower Mainland.
Karlee LeyerMainland Program Director
Connel Bradwell is NWPS’s lead educator based in Victoria. Connel continues to increase NWPS’s involvement throughout Vancouver Island by delivering wildlife education programs year-round and assisting with projects on Manley Farm Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Connel holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation from Nottingham Trent University. His background includes working with Wildlife Trust in the UK and on southern resident orca research with Cetus Research & Conservation Society in Victoria.
Connel has recently had the great honour to partner with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to be Canada’s sole delegate at the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in South Africa in conjunction with the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Connel was also recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by The Starfish.