Founder of the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Rosseau, Audrey Tournay has passed away.
Tournay, who was 89 years old, passed away Nov 29th in Parry Sound.
A former teacher, she moved to Rosseau in 1972 from Hamilton. She then embarked upon a career in wildlife rehabilitation registering the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in 1987 which is still open today.
In a post on the Sanctuary's FB page, it was said Tournay first started Aspen in the early 70’s when she received a baby raccoon in need of care.
"Her interest in helping and caring for wildlife turned Aspen into a major wildlife rehabilitation centre that to this day continues to grow," reads the statement. "As a schoolteacher, she incorporated her love for wildlife into educating the public on co-existing and the value of wild animals to our environment."
Tournay leaves behind a legacy of thousands of animals that were given another chance for a life in the wild.
One of Audrey’s favourite animals to rehab was the beaver and because of her knowledge and dedication, Aspen has become the largest beaver rehab facility in the country.
Tournay also authored a book entitled 'Beaver Tales' which is available on amazon.ca
She retired in 2010.
Her funeral happens on December 8th at the Logan Memorial Chapel at 1 pm.
(Photo of Tournay via Aspen Valley wildlife Sanctuary FB Page)