Save the date:  February 2-4, 2021


Wildfire. Flooding. Prolonged power outages. Chemical spill. In the event of an emergency, proper planning and preparedness makes all the difference for you and your animals.


Don’t miss this 3-part webinar series on Animals & Emergencies:  Planning for animals in an emergency management strategy.

Dates & Topics:

Tuesday, Feb. 2:  10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Lessons Learned:  Wildfire emergencies in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Speaker:  Lorraine Serhienko, RVT, Assistant to the Registrar, SVMA

What was it like being in the Fort McMurray evacuation zone and dealing with all the animals left behind? How did we get through the red tape and what steps were taken to get all those animals out? Do you know what happened in the background during the southwest Saskatchewan fires of 2017? Lorraine will be telling you all about natural disasters in the prairies and about what the processes are when dealing with these types of emergencies.

About the Speaker:

As a Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT), Lorraine has had a varied career that includes serving on the faculty of a post-secondary institution, and working in a small animal veterinary practice and in a mixed animal veterinary practice. Lorraine has been involved in the response to a number of major Canadian emergency situations, including wildfires in Fort McMurray and southern Saskatchewan.


Her family has a farming operation at Blaine Lake, SK, where they grain farm, raise beef cattle and have horses. Lorraine enjoys volunteering with many organizations, and spends her holiday time going to spay/neuter clinics (or as she likes to call them, “spaycations”) in Saskatchewan and Alberta and even the Dominican Republic.

Wednesday, Feb. 3:  10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

It takes a community to respond to an emergency

Speaker:  Ray Unrau, Director, Client Training and Preparedness, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency

It is well accepted that it takes a community to raise a child. It is equally important to recognize that it takes a community of citizens and organizations to respond an emergency. This presentation will lay out the processes and systems used by the newly formed Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency to coordinate the response and recovery activities required to support impacted communities efficiently and effectively.

About the Speaker:

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Ray Unrau started his work life in EMS in 1982 and became a paramedic in 1987. He transitioned to the Saskatoon Fire Department in 1993 as a firefighter but moved into the department’s Training Division in 1999 to instruct the Technical Rescue program. In 2002 Ray took the job as the Director of Emergency Planning for the City of Saskatoon. In 2016 Ray accepted a position with the province of Saskatchewan and is currently working as the Director for Client Services and Preparedness.


The most important fact about Ray is that he is dedicated to his wonderful family. He has been known to enjoy (endure) the creative pedicure and hair styling sessions applied to him by his two granddaughters.

Thursday, Feb. 4:  10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Looking back on a devastating wildfire in southern Saskatchewan

Speaker:  Mel Sehn, Richmound-area rancher

Mel Sehn, a rancher from the Richmound, SK area, discusses his experiences in the 2017 Burstall wildfire.

Finding Healing:  The emotional impact of crisis and loss on people who love animals well

Speaker:  Lauren Van Ewyk, Wellspring Counselling Services, Ontario

Journey with pet owners and producers as you discover how to cope with the immediate and long term loss that is felt during, and as a result of, a crisis. Discover what supports and resilient strategies you can implement to ensure you and your loved ones are able to recover from a tragedy.

About the Speaker:

Lauren Van Ewyk is an engaging speaker, registered social worker, foster mom, and agricultural mental health advocate. She has appeared in numerous radio, television, and print articles concerning the issues of adoption, foster care, and mental health in the agricultural sector.

Owner of Wellspring Counselling Services in Courtright, Ontario, Lauren works with individuals and families all across Canada to find hope and healing.