VICKY SPADONI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Vicky has devoted her career to advocating and helping charitable organizations thrive! She has held both long term fundraising and executive leadership positions with charities such as; The Ontario Lung Association, MitoCanada Foundation, The Children's Safety Village of Brant, Operation Lift and now Autism Dog Services.
Vicky resides with her husband Rick and son Adam in Brantford, ON and her step daughter Meagan lives in Hamilton, ON. Vicky and her husband rescue dogs and give them a life of love and respect.
Contact Vicky with your fundraising ideas, she would love to hear from you!
ALLISON SAVARD, DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES
Allison is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University. Allison volunteered and worked for the first program in the world to train and place service dogs for children with autism. She joined the ADS team in 2009 to continue her work with children, families and service dogs. Since 2009, Allison has collaborated with other staff to achieve charity status for ADS, accreditation with Assistance Dogs International and has led several special projects for ADS; including the development of manuals and videos for families and educators working with service dogs. Allison currently works part-time for ADS and is responsible for the effective coordination of all things related to families; including those interested in obtaining more information about acquiring a service dog, families on our wait list and families who currently have service dogs. Allison also spends part of her time training future service dogs, researching and writing grants for ADS.
HELEN PRINOLD, PUPPY RAISER COORDINATOR
B. Comm., M.Sc. Animal Behaviour, CPDT-KA
We welcome Helen to the ADS team! Stay tuned for more info on Helen.
CATHY JURCHUK, TRAINER
Cathy Jurchuk has come out of retirement to help out ADS for the next year. Cathy volunteered for National Service Dogs for four years and then was hired on as the puppy program coordinator. From there she moved into the advanced dog training program and for the last several years was the head trainer/instructor. After 15 years of being involved with NSD, she decided to retire. Cathy loves dog training, watching the dogs learn new skills, helping the families learn about autism service dogs and seeing the changes these dogs make for the child with autism and their entire family!
In Cathy’s words, “ I wanted to help ADS continue their great work while Janine is on maternity leave. The clincher for me was, when I recently did some private training I realized how much I love doing this work and how much I have missed it!”
Cathy will be concentrating on the advanced dog training and will provide local clients with placements and follow-up support.
Autism Dog Services is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of voluntary community members.
Board Members - 2017
Mike Craig, Chair
Nikki Dobben, Vice-Chair
Husain Gilani - Treasurer
Jordan Pelkmans - Secretary