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!!!!
If you love the great feeling giving can bring, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
February's volunteer of the month is Kirsten Boulier. Kirsten was the Volunteer Coordinator for the Mary Ellen Humane Education Society and worked hard to support us as we launched our pilot programs.
Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master of Clinical Social Work. Kirsten is passionate about supporting at-risk youth and has been working with youth in the community since 2013. She is also an enthusiastic dog lover.
Kirsten says, "I can't think of a time in my childhood when there wasn't a dog in the house. I adopted my rescue dog, Henry, a few years ago. He has given me companionship, joy and unconditional love. I can't imagine a world without pets. There's nothing quite like an animal's love."
Her interests, experience and organizational skills made her an excellent Volunteer Coordinator. She laid the groundwork where a new volunteer coordinator can run with it. Thanks Kirsten! We hope to see you again some time in the future.
Back in February, Mary Ellen Humane Education Society gratefully received a $500 donation from the Professional Employees Union Community Donations Program. Thank you so much to PEA!
On March 12th, Shake-a-Paw's first pilot run successfully completed! Yay! We are due to start our 2nd pilot run on April 12th. We have 3 students ready to go. We also have 2 new dogs to train. Watch for pictures!
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.