Meet the Board and Management

Lindsay D'Aoust Lindsay D’Aoust B.Eng. – President

Lindsay has always loved animals and would have trouble remembering a time when animals were not an important part of her life although her career path was far from fur and feathers. After graduating from McGill University in 1981 with a degree in electrical engineering she worked in the field of data network design for several years before taking on responsibilities for project management, human resource management and process reengineering.

Lindsay and her husband Denis share their farm just down the street from Le Nichoir with two dogs and two donkeys.


Wendy Dollinger Wendy Dollinger B.Sc. – Vice President

Wendy graduated from McGill with a BSc in Agriculture, majoring in large animals. She has always been a volunteer in the community, from the school library when her three children were young, to Dix Mille Villages, and Literacy Unlimited more recently. However, she has always had the desire to get involved with animals or birds in some way, so when she saw that the Nichoir needed drivers, she immediately volunteered. Her first shift was supposed to be a simple pick-up from the SPCA and drop-off at the Nichoir, but when she arrived in Hudson, over 100 baby gulls had just been rescued and there was a desperate need for extra hands. Having never touched a bird before, Wendy was shocked to be handed a baby gull to clean, but since then, she has never looked back. She has been a weekly volunteer at the Nichoir since then, and loves coming in for her weekly shifts. More recently she took the Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course.

Nikhil Bhatia Nikhil Bhatia, CPA Auditor, CA – Treasurer

Born and raised in Montreal, Nikhil attended both Concordia and McGill University while pursuing his CPA, CA designation. Having worked for the Government of Canada, in public accounting and currently in finance at Bell Canada, Nikhil is excited to be working with a non-profit organisation such as Le Nichoir. Nikhil has always had a love for animals and a concern for their place in our worlds changing environment. With this opportunity, he can combine two interests that are dear to his heart. As Treasurer, his hope it to use his skills in accounting and finance to help Le Nichoir continue to grow and help wild birds through care and treatment as well as by educating the public.

Nikhil currently lives in Pointe Claire with his wife, Katherine, and their beloved cat, Muffin. Katherine has been Nikhil’s single biggest influence in becoming more conscious about the importance of our environment and the risks it faces today. Together they plan to use their suburban backyard space as a safe haven for wild birds.

 Sarah MacPherson Sarah MacPherson B.Sc., Ph.D. –  Secretary

Sarah MacPherson’s love of wildlife and the study of biology stems from childhood summers spent at her grandparents’ cottage near Pointe-au-Baril, Ontario. She fondly recalls the night call of the whip-poor-will, rare black bear sightings and exploratory canoe trips.

Sarah obtained her B. Sc. (Hons. Biology) from Concordia University in 1999, and was awarded her Ph.D. from McGill University (Microbiology and Immunology) in 2005. A postdoc at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas followed, where Sarah helped develop a model for insect-transmitted viruses. Since leaving the lab, she has pursued her interests in health communication and education. Sarah has taught biology courses at the post-secondary level and currently works as a freelance medical writer and editor.

Sarah was first introduced to the inner workings of Le Nichoir barn as a summer volunteer in 2005. She is now thrilled to be a member of the board. Sarah, husband Cris, their three children and dog live in the Hudson area and are proud members of the nature-loving community. Her family can often be spotted passing through the Driscoll-Naylor Bird Sanctuary with friends or walking in the Como woods.

Charles-Henri Brunet Charles-Henri Brunet  PA LEED® AP – Director

Charles-Henri was born in Sudbury, Ontario where he grew up surrounded by nature and wildlife.  In his teens he often ventured into the true northern Ontario wild on many scuba diving adventures and canoe trips in and on the numerous local lakes and rivers.

At 18 he left to study engineering at the University of Ottawa but after one year, longing for a more multifaceted approach to science through art, he moved to Montreal and switched to McGill where he graduated with a BSC in Architecture in 1984.  He also met his wife Rose in Montreal where they settled down to raise their 3 children.

He is an architect, member of the OAQ (Ordre des Architectes du Québec) since 1986.  He has been shareholder and president of Espace Construction since 1992, a construction company focused mostly on commercial, industrial and institutional projects in and around the greater Montreal area.  His interest and passion for the environment and sustainability led him to become a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional in 2008.  In the same year he also became a member of the board of directors of the Quebec Chapter of the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council), where he sat as President from in 2012 and 2013.

In 2011, with his wife Rose, together they decided to transform their typical Pointe-Claire suburban back yard into a wildlife habitat including an artificial wetland, wild gardens and gardens to grow organic vegetables.  After 5 years of planting and digging and replanting, in August 2016 they applied for and received recognition for these efforts from the CWF (Canadian Wildlife Federation) as a Certified Backyard Habitat. Their backyard has become a favourite hangout for numerous species of bees, birds and small mammals throughout the year.

As member of the board he is looking forward to participate in, learn from and contribute to the important work accomplished by Le Nichoir.

 Dr. Florence Erdmann Dr. Florence Erdmann DVM – Director

Born in London, England, Florence’s life-long love of animals began when her family moved to what was then an undeveloped Ile-Bizard, where she was lucky enough to grow up beside a forest. Dogs, cats, horses and any number of rescued animals followed and what seemed to be simply a love of animals evolved into a career dedicated to their welfare, with Florence earning her veterinary degree from the Université de Montreal.

Florence is now a co-partner and veterinarian at Pierrefonds Animal Hospital. An outdoor enthusiast and an avid gardener, she lives in the West Island with her husband and their three children.

Janette Fauque Janette Fauque – Co-founder

Janette was born and raised in the UK, and during her childhood was always bringing home orphaned animals (e.g. a hedgehog and a fast moving 3 legged tortoise). After emigrating to Canada, she made her career in the retailing industry, rising to upper management levels, before moving to the manufacturing sector as Vice President of a Canadian ladies apparel manufacturer. She is also a partner in a company the mission of which is to aid Canadian First Nation designers prepare their products and business for the export market.

In 1996 Janette co founded Le Nichoir with Lynn Miller, Denise Paquette and Lise Sylvestre, acting as treasurer for the first 7 years of the organization’s existence. It was an honour to be approached by Le Nichoir board to rejoin the organization.

 Frank Hicks Frank Hicks – Director

Frank Hicks Born in Ireland and raised and educated in Canada Frank has a vast business experience in marketing, customer service, administration and accounting. After leaving his job as a financial controller Frank followed his dream and became the owner of his first antique shop in 1982. After a very successful career Frank decided in 2003 to settle down to a quiet life in Hudson, Quebec. Frank is a very active volunteer and has ties with NOVA (home nursing care), the local Library charity shop, the Hudson Historical society (he’s curator of the local museum), the Hudson Merchants committee, dog rescue groups and the Nichoir.

Bryan Procter Bryan Procter DVM, M.Sc. – Director

After training to be a veterinarian, Bryan left Ontario to become a Québecer and to pursue a post-graduate degree in Animal Science at McGill University (MacDonald College). Although remaining in the Montréal area thereafter, Bryan left academia behind and developed a career in pharmaceutical research within the private sector. Having long enjoyed dogs and cats in his home environment, Bryan is passionate about … “All Creatures Great and Small” … and now, fully retired, he has begun to commit time and energy in support of Le Nichoir’s avian rehabilitation program. After less than one season of volunteer activity, Bryan was invited to join the Board of Directors and is currently serving as the Board Secretary. He is actively involved in planning and preparing for the construction of the new rehabilitation and education centre.

Lynn Miller Lynn Miller B.Sc.Ag., Dipl. Ecotox., PhD, CWR – Director Emeritus

Lynn began life in New Zealand surrounded by animals; cats, dogs, chickens, horses, budgies, etc. But it was her passion for wildlife and conservation that lead to Summer School at Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust and a stint at London Zoo. A rather lovely holiday in France led to meeting a gorgeous French Canadian chap and a new life in Quebec. While attending McGill University’s MacDonald College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, near Montreal, she began working with birds of prey at the Macdonald Raptor Research Centre. Of course, although the fact that raptors were the specialty did not deter the many people who bought in ducklings, song birds, herons and pigeons. The mistake was to take these birds to her home, or was it? That was 26 years ago.

In 1994 Lynn co-founded Le Nichoir. She qualified as an International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) instructor many years ago and subsequently joined the IWRC board, and in 2011, become president of IWRC. She also is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR). The classes Lynn teaches have allowed her to travel widely throughout North America and Mexico, Ireland and South Africa.

Lynn has continued her education with a PhD in Environmental Toxicology and continues research into the impact of oil in birds, especially the northern gannets that migrate south to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico through her research position in the Chemistry department at Concordia University.


Dr Amanda Glew Dr Amanda Glew DVM – Director Emeritus

Amanda has been working with animals, large and small since graduation. As a partner of the Timberlea Veterinary Clinic, teacher at Vanier College in the Animal Health Department, Dr. Glew shares her passion for teaching and animal care to all who will listen. Dr. Glew joined the board of Le Nichoir in 1995, and has offered her facility whenever possible for veterinary care. Together with Le Nichoir staff, they have fixed ruptured crops, xrayed fractured wings, treated open wounds of song birds.

She was one of the first organizers of the yearly auction “For the birds” which is one of the main fundraising events for Le Nichoir. She continues to be active in fundraising for many wildlife/animal charities, such as “Save the Whales again” swim-athon and organizing massive spay/neuter days for Shelter Animals from puppy mill raids (they did 50 dogs in one day!). Her philosophy is that everyone who can, should give time into something they love. She loves animals, so her volunteer time is given to that area and more.

Susan Wylie Susan Wylie B.Sc., CWR – Executive Director of Bird Care (presently on leave)

As a wildlife biologist, Susan feels strongly about promoting wild bird conservation through linking science, education and professionalism to rehabilitation. She has been caring for songbirds, insectivorous birds and aquatic birds at Le Nichoir for over 15 years, with her passion being the rehabilitation of the threatened Chimney swift.

Susan graduated from McGill University with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in wildlife biology, and is an environmental management technician.

She is currently the President of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) and has been a Board of Directors member since 2008. She is CWR certified (certified wildlife rehabilitator), development committee chair and an IWRC instructor.

She has also been a cub leader for Scouts Canada for the last 17 years.