Diane Casimir was the 11th New Noah and has been working at Parks Canada for 11 years. Here she shares an update with us about what she’s been up to in the decades since Mauritius. Thanks Diane!

I was Wildlife Preservation Canada’s 11th New Noah, participating in the program in 2000 – 2001.  While in Mauritius, I coordinated the releases of echo parakeets back into the wild, which was an extremely educational and rewarding experience.  Upon my return to Canada, I completed a Master of Science degree studying the reproductive behaviour of the Vancouver Island marmot which, at the time of my studies, was Canada’s most endangered animal.  Wildlife Preservation Canada generously supported my research, contributing both towards a successful breeding and reintroduction program for the species and towards continuing my career development.

Since 2007, I have been working with the Parks Canada Agency.  I work for our national office, providing advice and support to park staff on legal obligations and conservation initiatives for species at risk, such as woodland caribou, whitebark pine and westslope cutthroat trout. I also help coordinate Parks Canada’s collaborations with other federal departments on the delivery of species at risk initiatives, and contribute to the development of national species at risk policy and guidance.  I love my job because it allows me to make contributions to the recovery of multiple endangered species, from both legislative and applied perspectives.

Wildlife Preservation Canada’s support was essential towards solidifying my career in endangered species management, for which I will always be grateful.  On a lighter note, my time in Mauritius also cemented in me an absolute love of parrots!  While that love is not very compatible with a career in Canada, I have managed to fulfill that affinity through combining it with my love of travel, for example, though a volunteer stint on a conservation project for the yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot in Bonaire.