Our Team


Nicole DePoorter

Conservation Coordinator

Nicole began working with the The Habitat in January, 2021. After being an avid follower of ours for many years, she was awarded her dream job within the Animal Care team as Conservation Coordinator. She attended Lakehead University, where she attained her Honors Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sustainability. 

As Conservation Coordinator, Nicole is responsible for the daily care of the bears but will also take the lead on future conservation initiatives. With a background in agricultural research, she is excited to use her experience to future the PBH conservation goals. 

Amy Baxendell-Young


Amy began her career with us as a member of the Animal Care Team in July 2016, after moving to Canada from Sydney, Australia in 2014. She attended the University of Western Sydney where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Her extensive career has involved working with five of the eight extant species of bears, which include Sun bears, Asiatic Black bears, North American Black bears, Brown bears and most recently, Polar bears. 

Over the years, Amy has played a role in all aspects of The Habitat, including conservation projects, education and fundraising. A highlight for her was taking part in Polar Bears International's (PBI) 2019 Climate Alliance program. Since then, Amy has also been chosen to be a Field Ambassador for PBI.


Recently, Amy has been promoted to the position of Manager. While the bears will always be her number one passion and priority, she is excited to help strengthen and further the facility, in order to continue providing the best care for polar bears in need. 


Kearin Goff

Animal Care Staff

We are delighted to welcome Kearin as the newest member of the Animal Care team. Kearin attained her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Zoology from the University of Guelph. 

Kearin was drawn to The Habitat for our naturalistic approach to animal care and focus on conservation. She looks forward to building her relationship with the bears and starting her career with polar bears!

In addition to providing exceptional care to our bears every day, Kearin has taken on the role of Chair Person for the PBH Education Committee. With the assistance of this committee, Kearin is working to improve and expand our educational programming. 

Sierra Robin

Customer Service Representative

Sierra first joined The Habitat team in 2019 as a maintenance assistant. Since then, she has helped out in all departments, proving herself to be a valuable asset, no matter where she is needed. She currently works on the front desk, welcoming our guests and helping to provide them with the best experience. 

This coming fall, Sierra will sadly be leaving us to attend University in southern Ontario. We are extremely grateful to have had Sierra as a member of our staff for the past three years. She says her favourite part about working at PBH has been the time she has spent working outdoors, and especially time with the bears!


Arianne Dupuis

Customer Service Representative

Arianne also began working at The Habitat in 2019 as a maintenance assistant. She has worked in all departments but is now most often found greeting guests when they arrive at the Welcome Centre. After spending time with the animal care team, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with our visitors. 

Arianne's passion for animals is not limited to polar bears. This fall, she will moving south to attain her diploma in wildlife rehabilitation. It has been a pleasure having Arianne as part of the team for these past three years, and we look forward to seeing where her career takes her.