Happy Retirement Blake!

After an amazing 32 years working for the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society, Blake Wilson is hanging up his leash. If you’ve visited the shelter in the last 30 years, you are sure to have seen Blake’s smiling face helping lost animals get home, helping adopters find their perfect friend, or protecting animals in the field. His outgoing and positive personality has been a bright light in the WECHS halls, lifting the spirits of not only the public, but his coworkers and volunteers as well. He will be dearly missed, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.

Here is what Blake had to say.

“My time spent here was extremely rewarding and productive.  As I look forward to my retirement, I am saddened as I will very much miss the people and the shelter.  I can’t describe how much I will miss all of the furry animals.  The mission was always to save as many animals as one could.  Overall, the Humane Society has strengthened my sense of compassion for all things living; humans and animals alike.  

Working at the Humane Society, was a catalyst to increasing my knowledge base of wildlife and environmental studies.  Over the years, I had taken numerous courses in Wildlife Rehabilitation with special attention to turtles and birds.  I was involved with Ontario Wildlife Rehab and Education Network, the Ontario SPCA and received training in turtle trauma at King Campus Seneca College.  I obtained a degree in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation, diploma in police sciences and was a member of the Windsor Police Auxiliary.  I was on the budget committee for 4 yrs at the United Way, was a member of Black Indians and Intertribal Native Association and a former member of the Ontario Metis Allegiance.  I also created the theme for the crime prevention program for the Windsor Aboriginal Metis Association in 2003.  During this time, I received a diploma and certificate in tracing family ancestry.  Somehow during all of this, I took flying lessons.

I want to thank all those that encouraged me throughout the years especially the person that hired me…Marilyn Fraser, former director John Roushorne and Melanie Coulter.

It has been a wild ride and I look forward to slowing the pace a bit.

Above all, please adopt a shelter animal.”