Through its Monroe Service Dog Partnership, Summit Assistance Dogs recruits inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex to help increase its capacity to train service dogs. After being taught extensively in the art of animal training, carefully screened and supervised inmates work in pairs during two months of dog training, during which they help to groom, exercise, and train dogs from shelters, all the while evaluating the animals’ progress and temperament. In turn, the participating inmates get an opportunity to serve the community, take on new responsibilities, and earn incentives for good behavior. Summit Assistance Dogs funds training staff and prison administration time, as well as training equipment and treats for the dogs.
Boys & Girls Clubs give Kids a place to call their own, where they can have fun, be creative, be a part of a team, get help with homework...or just hang out with friends. We offer safe, fun inclusive, and inspiring places that Kids and their families count on--every day. Great Futures Start Here.
Julia Chapin Bozzo has been on an equestrian crusade for 20 years. She founded NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center in 1993, and has overseen its Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs since day one, fostering a welcoming, nurturing environment for riders with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and brain injuries. Adhering to the strict guidelines set forth by PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), her facility leverages the healing power of horses to enrich the well-being of riders of all ages. Whether they're toddlers or seniors, each participant reaps the physical, mental, emotional, and social rewards of riding with the center’s gentle horses—gaining strength and coordination, interacting with the natural world, and, most importantly, building self-esteem. Thanks to Julia’s efforts and the assistance of certified riding instructors and a 30-strong team of weekly volunteers, the center conducts more than 950 lessons annually, each individually tailored to the rider’s therapeutic goals.
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Victoria Highlanders FC is an amateur soccer club in the United Soccer Leagues in Victoria, BC Canada. The club has a U23 Men's team in the Premier Development League and a Women's Team in the W-League. They also run a year-round soccer development academy for youth ages 9-20.
Sooke Potholes Campground swaddles outdoors enthusiasts of all types in the verdant beauty and gently rocky riversides of the picturesque Sooke River basin. Guests pitch tents at one of 66 fire-pit-equipped campsites, choosing from 60 vehicle-accessible tent beds and six pitching grounds accessible only via bicycle or fleet-footed alpaca. In between setting up tents and flat-screen TVs, wander along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, swim with a school of friends in one of the many freshwater pools, or enjoy a leisurely picnic while gazing across one of the park's lush vistas.
"What does it take to be inspired to connect with our neighbours when nothing out of the ordinary is happening?" This question is always on the mind of Oaklands Community Centre's executive director, Kristi Rivait, as she brainstorms new personal-enrichment programs and community action plans. Along with increasing the emotional and physical safety of a neighbourhood, the centre's classes give people of all ages—particularly those younger than 21—a fun way to bond with a group while getting in shape, acquiring language skills, or learning to cook with a violin. Kids get their hands dirty safely in programs led by nature educators, teens socialize through musical theatre or laser tag, and adults stay active with classes as energetic as boot camp and as meditative as yoga. Most events happen at a modern brick building on Belmont Avenue, and a white bungalow on Victor Street is largely devoted to the Little Acorn child-care program.