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Providing Dog Guides to Canadians with Disabilities
Conseil d’administration
Le Conseil d’administration veille au succès de la Fondation des Lions du Canada à fournir des Chiens-Guides sans frais à des Canadiens atteints d’un handicap physique ou médical. Chaque membre est élu pour un mandant de trois ans en exceptant le président(e) du conseil d’administration élu(e) annuellement.

Membres de l’exécutif
  •  Bill McKitrick
     Président du conseil d’administration

    • Bill became involved with the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides because he was interested in the many disabilities Dog Guide are trained to help with. He is dedicated to educating others about the Lions Foundation because he knows that greater awareness will result in helping more people live independently with a Dog Guide.
      "It is important to help others gain greater independence"

  •  Andre Nimchuk
     Vice-président, directeur pour l’Alberta et les Territoires du Nord-Ouest

    • Andre is a longtime supporter of the Lions Foundation and has served the organization in many ways. As the Director for Alberta and Northwest Territories, Andre is working to promote and secure funds for the six Dog Guide programs.
      "Dog Guides are important because they provide safety, independence and freedom to their recipients."

  •  Mel Stokes
     Trésorier, directeur pour la Colombie-Britannique et le Yukon

    • As the Director for British Columbia, Mel had set a goal of increasing both awareness and support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. He is also striving to ensure that his efforts help residents of British Columbia who are living with disabilities.
      "Dog Guides touch so many lives throughout Canada. To be a small part of this is rewarding."

  •  Frederick Thompson
     Secrétaire, directeur pour Terre-Neuve et Labrador

    • Fred is the new Director for Newfoundland and Labrador. He first became involved with Lions Foundation of Canada in the 1980’s through his local Lions Club. Since then, he has been active in fundraisers in support of the Foundation and has worked to sponsor a Dog Guide team.
      "Everyone has the ability to help others. I want to use my term to ensure the Lions Foundation continues to grow and help more Canadians with disabilities."

  •  Gordon Ziegler
     Membre exécutif, directeur pour la Saskatchewan

    • Gordon is the second-term Director from Saskatchewan. He is a strong supporter of the Lions Memorial Forests in both Regina Beach, Sask., and Breslau, Ont., and has helped his Lions club in Richmound, Sask., sponsor six Dog Guide teams. Gordon tries to follow the words of Robert F. Kennedy:
      "Some men see the way things are and wonder why. I dream of things that never were and ask, ‘Why not?'"

  •  Douglas Cook
     Président sortant

    • Doug Cook’s involvement with the Lions Foundation started in 1996 when he helped organize a local Walk For Dog Guides. His love of dogs and commitment to helping others has led him to various initiatives but he has always kept the Lions Foundation at the top of his list.
      "I truly believe in the work the Lions Foundation is doing. Not only are we helping people with disabilities receive the assistance of a Dog Guide, we are ensuring that they can receive them at no cost."

  •  Paul Gauthier
     Directeur pour l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard

    • Paul Gauthier became a Lions club member in 2002. His club, Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club in Charlottetown, P.E.I., donated funds to sponsor a Dog Guide that year, and continues to donate each year, sponsoring a number of Dog Guide teams since. Paul considers it an honour to serve as Lions Foundation Director for P.E.I., and continues to promote the work of the organization, raising the funds in order to ensure more Canadians can receive a Dog Guide at no charge.
      "When someone is matched with a Dog Guide from Lions Foundation of Canada, it changes their life in such positive ways. They regain their independence, and also have a loyal companion."

  •  David Manning
     Directeur pour la Nouvellle-Écosse

    • Ceci est le deuxième mandat de David Manning au sein de notre conseil d’administration. Son premier contact avec la FLC a été dans les années 90 après avoir entendu le discours d’un de nos clients de Vision Canine. Il a été le directeur de la Nouvelle-Écosse de 2004 à 2007 et le président du conseil l’année suivante. Il joue aussi un rôle actif dans l’organisation de la Marche pour les Chiens-Guides.
      « Les Chiens-Guides qui sont entrainés à La Fondation des Lions du Canada font une réelle différence dans la vie des personnes récipiendaires . En tant que Lion, je crois que supporter les programmes de la FLC assure que nous puissions continuer à changer des vies. »

  •  Beatrice Barnard
     Directrice pour le Manitoba, le N-O de l’Ontario et le Nunavut

    • Beatrice became a member of the Winnipeg West Lions Club in 2010, but has been active with Lions Foundation, planning and hosting the Walk for Dog Guides since 2002. As the Director for Manitoba, North-Western Ontario and Nunavut, her goal is to increase awareness of the services provided by Lions Foundations, and to raise the funds to help support independence for more Canadians.
      "The difference a Dog Guide makes in someone's life is immediately evident. I am honored to continue to raise awareness of this amazing Foundation to Lions and the general public."

  •  Richard Dufour
     Directeur pour le Québec

    • Richard became involved with Lions Foundation after a fellow member of his Lions club received a Dog Guide. Attending the graduation ceremony convinced him that he could help others by raising awareness of Lions Foundation’s programs, promoting the organization’s mission in his home province of Quebec. Together with his club, he is dedicated to working on community efforts fighting blindness, promoting active living, as well as Dog Guides’ programs.
      "Attending a graduation ceremony showed me that I could be helping more people receive a Dog Guide by actively promoting our school. I’m very proud to serve as a Lion for the Foundation."

  •  Al Leach
     Directeur pour l’Ontario

    • In 2004, as a Lions Club president, Al took on the project of sponsoring a Canine Vision Dog Guide, and had the pleasure of attending the graduation ceremony of the team that year. He was "bitten" in the best way possible, as the ceremony captured the heart of what Lions Foundation can do for Canadians who need assistance.
      "The freedom a Dog Guide provides is another word for independence, hope and a sense of a normal life. I hope as a Director for Ontario, I can help spread the word about the incredible work of Lions Foundation."

  •  Margaret Laking
     Directrice pour le Nouveau-Brunswick

    • Margaret Laking became involved with both Lions Foundation of Canada and with Lions clubs when she met her husband, the late Jim (James) Laking in 1993. Jim was the recipient of a Canine Vision Dog Guide to help him navigate the world with blindness. Today, Margaret is hands-on in ensuring more Canadians can receive the gift of a Dog Guide, just like Jim had. She hosts an annual fundraiser, Raise the Woof, with her Lions club.
      "When a dog enters our life, it changes everything. Imagine how much a life can change with a Dog Guide. I want to help make that change happen, and what better way to do so than through Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides."