Click to watch Global News Okanagan clip about Shake-a-Paw ! As you can tell by the snow, this was taken back in February.
Chock full of beautiful nature photos, this presentation will cue your need for attachment to nature, dogs, and other loved ones!...Now available on the Evidence tab.
February is Psychology Month. As in its previous annual campaigns, the BC Psychological Association is raising public awareness about mental health and the role psychology and psychologists play in our lives to help us cope with mental health conditions. BCPA has a free referral service for those seeking psychological help.
I’m glad to say my talk about Overcoming Trauma on Feb. 6 was well-received and I’m looking forward to speaking again on February 27 at 7 pm in the same venue – Okanagan Regional Library (Ellis Street branch in Kelowna).
My upcoming talk will be about the Psychological Benefits of Spending Time with Dogs. I begin by drawing on the value of reconnecting with nature – from which we all spring. I’ll review the health benefits of having dogs as pets, and bring attention to a new program called “Shake-a-Paw” which coaches traumatized young people to train dogs needing a home. The aim of the program is to grow psychological skills like empathy, compassion, and healthy care-giving. It is hoped that teaching youth these skills can also help improve social skills that can carry them forward in life. As well, the program exposes young people to animal-related occupations and could improve the chances that young people will find an animal-related job.
I look forward to seeing you at the talk!
Here's the link to the Kelowna Capital News story about today's Halloween Dog Walk.
Jan and I want to sincerely thank the students involved in the Global Awareness Club at Kelowna Secondary School for organizing the Halloween Dog Walk earlier today at the Mission Greenway here in Kelowna. It was great fun seeing all the costumes!!! Check out three well-dressed dogs ready for all the treats they can get on Halloween. Thanks to everyone who participated in and contributed to this fundraising effort! Every little bit sure helps! Congratulations to Selina who won the raffle!
YAY! Yesterday, we received official notice that Mary Ellen Humane Education Society has been granted charitable status by the Canada Revenue Agency. What this means is a milestone in our work to get recognized as helping youth and dogs in our community. It also means we can reciprocate donations with tax receipts! If you wish to make a donation using a credit card or paypal, please click our MAKE A DONATION tab at the top of this page.
Inch by inch, Shake-a-Paw is getting up off the ground. But as dogs will show you, the ground has many great pee-mails to read. We want to thank the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Webber Road Community Centre again for their kind support during our second pilot. Like any pilot, we've learned several things and we plan to move forward with this new knowledge. See our grad photos below!
Left to right: Jan Dawson, our humane educator; Jaxi, one of the dog trainees; our two human - now Humane - grads; Catherine Adams, our dog trainer; and Kim Dawson, animal-assisted therapist. In the foreground is Briar, our other dog trainee.
April 10th, 2016, Shake-a-Paw hits the press in Kelowna! See Daily Courier article.
Photo: GARY NYLANDER
We are looking for people with enthusiasm and social skills to help lead us into our next phase of operation! Volunteer coordinator, Dog Foster Coordinator, and Fundraising & Publicity Maven are the high priority positions available. For now, these are all volunteer positions requiring 5 to 10 hours per week. It's tough for the Board of Directors to do everything! Ideal applicants will have a love of dogs, previous experience working with youth, previous volunteer experience, great organizational skills, and time to devote to a great cause! See our ads on Castanet:
Dog Foster coordinator also wanted!!!!
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Hi! I'm Kim Dawson, a psychologist in Kelowna, BC. Jan (my spouse) and I have co-founded the Mary Ellen Humane Education Society and its Shake-a-Paw program for Youth Healing Dogs Healing Youth.