Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre announces passing of co-founder Helene Van Doninck

The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (CWRC) has announced the passing of its co-founder and chief veterinarian. 

The centre says in a Facebook post that Helene Van Doninck died after a struggle with ovarian cancer at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre on Friday. 

Van Doninck, along with her husband, established the CWRC in 2001, and she dedicated her life to the treatment of wildlife. 

The centre says she was a recognized international expert of the treatment of oiled birds and she was an advocate for the elimination of the use of lead in hunting and fishing because of its impact on wildlife, especially eagles. 

She was also the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association's Humane Award last month for her dedication to caring for injured wildlife. 

Donations in her memory can be made to the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. 

The CWRC says it's not currently accepting new patients, but it hopes to resume normal operations as soon as possible.