Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Est-ce qu'un chien dans la famille aide les bébés à apprendre? Les chercheurs de l'UBC veulent votre aide à découvrir la réponse à cette question!

Nous sommes heureux d’aider l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique dans leur recherche pour trouver un partenaire pour leur projet de recherche « Est-ce que les chiens aident les bébés à apprendre ». Nous espérons que l’article au sujet de l’étude du 
Docteur Werker et Sugden vous plaiera.


C’est au sujet des chiens et des bébés, qui pourrait résister à ce sujet!




La co-évolution des chiens avec les humains au cours des 10 000 dernières années a créé pour nous de merveilleux membres de la famille. Les avantages d'avoir un chien au foyer s'étendent sur la durée de notre vie, tels; réduire le stress chez les adultes et améliorer les capacités sociales et communicatives chez les enfants. Il y a peu de recherches sur la façon dont les chiens bénéficient aux bébés. Notre hypothèse est que les bébés, comme les enfants et les adultes, bénéficieraient d'être nés au sein d’une famille avec un chien. Nous recherchons une organisation partenaire avec laquelle nous pourrions collaborer à un projet visant à évaluer si avoir un chien au foyer améliore l’apprentissage chez les bébés.
Bien qu'il existe une multitude de façon qu’avoir un chien bénéficie aux bébés, nous prévoyons qu’un chien aurait un plus grand effet sur le développement social et communicatif du bébé. Pour mesurer cela, nous examinerons le développement du cerveau et du comportement des bébés de la naissance jusqu’à l'âge de 6 mois. Nous utiliserons la spectroscopie proche infra-rouge proche (PIR) pour mesurer la réponse neuronale des bébés aux aboiements et à la parole humaine. La réponse neuronale nous indiquera si les voies cérébrales qui soutiennent la compréhension sociale et communicative répondent à la communication vocale humaine et canine. Pour mesurer le développement social et communicatif des bébés, nous évaluerons comment les bébés utilisent deux signaux communicatifs communs aux interactions humain-humain et humain-chien: regard des yeux et montrer du doigt.
Nous préconisons que les bébés soient nés à la fois à réagir aux vocalisations humaines et les aboiements canins, mais seuls les bébés qui grandissent dans une famille avec un chien montrent une activation neuronale continue à la parole et aux aboiements. Nous prévoyons que les nourrissons de familles avec des chiens montrent une compréhension supérieure aux signaux communicatifs et indiquent que cette compréhension socio-communicative serait liée à la réponse neuronale des bébés. Tels résultats soutiendraient l'hypothèse que notre co-évolution permet une plus grande plasticité neurale axée sur l'expérience pour les signaux communicatifs potentiels présents dans l'environnement du bébé. À son tour, cette plasticité appuie une compréhension socio-communicative plus avancée. En outre, il suggère que les avantages de grandir avec un chien se manifestent dès la naissance.

Professeur Janet Werker, Ph.D, directrice du Centre d'études sur les nourrissons de l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique, Professeur Killiam Titulaire, Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Psychologie et Membre de la Société royale du Canada, et Nicole Sugden, Ph.D, mèneront le travail. Nous recherchons une organisation intéressée à nous aider à réaliser ce projet de recherche et, dès que le projet soit fini, à partager les résultats avec les familles canadiennes. Nous croyons que les organisations qui participent activement dans la communauté des animaux de compagnie fourniraient une perspective précieuse pour le projet. 

Nous espérons un partenariat aux avantages mutuels, qui favorise les objectifs de l'organisation de partenariat. Pour en discuter ou collaborer, veuillez communiquer avec Nicole Sugden par courriel nsugden@mail.ubc.ca.

Does a dog in the family help babies learn? UBC researchers want your help to answer this question!


We are happy to give the University of British Columbia a hand in finding partners for their study on whether dogs help babies learn.  We hope you enjoy reading about this study from 
Dr.'s Werker and Sugden.  
It's about dogs and babies, who can resist that!


Dogs’ co-evolution with humans over the past 10,000 years has made them excellent family members today. The benefit of having a canine family member extends across the lifespan: from reducing stress in adults to improving social-communicative ability in children. There is less research on how dogs benefit infants. We hypothesize that infants, like children and adults, will benefit from being born into a family with a dog. Our initiative is designed to ask: do dogs benefit infants? We are looking for a partner organization with whom to collaborate on a project designed to evaluate whether having a dog as part of the family improves learning outcomes for young infants.

Although there are a multitude of potential ways having a canine sibling may benefit infants, we anticipate that their and their family’s interaction with their dog would have the largest effect on infants’ social and communicative development. To measure this, we will consider both brain and behavioral development from birth to 6 months of age. We will use Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (NIRS) to measure infants’ neural response to dog barks and human speech; this indicator will tell us whether specific brain pathways that support social and communicative understanding are responding to both human and canine vocal communication. To measure infants’ social and communicative development, we will test how they use communicative signals common to both human-human and human-dog interactions: eye gaze and pointing.
We predict infants to be born tuned to both human speech and dog barks, but only babies from families with dogs to show continued activation of social-communicative brain response to both speech and barks. Moreover, we predict infants from families with dogs to show earlier understanding of eye-gaze and pointing and that this earlier understanding of social-communicative intent to be related to their neural response to canine communicative signals (i.e., dog barks). Such findings would support the hypothesis that our co-evolution permits greater experience-driven neural plasticity for potential communicative signals present in the early environment, which in turn supports more advanced social-communicative understanding. Additionally, it suggests that the benefits of growing up with a canine “sibling”manifest from birth.

Dr. Janet Werker, Director of the University of British Columbia Infant Studies Centre, University Killiam Professor, Canada Research Chair in Psychology, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Dr. Nicole Sugden will be conducting the work. We are actively looking for an organization interested in partnering with us for this research project and to help us share the outcome with Canadian families. We believe that organizations actively involved in the pet community would provide an invaluable perspective for the project. We would like a partnership that is mutually beneficial, including the aims of the partnership organization in the project. 

To further discuss the project or if your organization may be interested in partnering with Dr. Werker’s UBC Infant Studies Centre for this project, please contact Nicole Sugden at nsugden@mail.ubc.ca .

Monday, June 5, 2017

Des milliers de dollars amassés pour le Calgary Food Bank au Western Canadian Pet Industry Gala



Suite à une première journée très occupée au Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show, l’énergie positive et l’excitation de la journée continua dans la soirée du Full House Gala et la collecte de fonds. Nous sommes heureux de révéler que la somme de 5 000 $ a été amassées pour aider le Calgary Food Bank à acheter des fournitures pour aider les familles d'animaux dans le besoin.

Ce grand montant a été rendu possible de deux façons. Une partie des ventes de billets est allé directement à la banque alimentaire, ce qui signifie que nos participants, simplement en choisissant d’assister à l’événement, ont fait un grand impact. Deuxièmement, grâce à des membres de l’industrie et des entreprises locales, nous avons reçu certains articles merveilleux pour notre vente aux enchères silencieuse. Dans la bonne humeur, les invités avaient leur carte de crédit en main et ont placer leurs offres pour tous les items sur la table. Nous sommes fiers de nos collègues de l’industrie et lors d'une soirée où nous célébrons leur dévouement auprès des familles d'animaux et leur communauté nous ne pourrions pas en demander plus. »

Cyndi Drummond, Coordonnatrice du développement pour le Calgary Food Bank était présente pour parler de la réalité des gens qui ont accès à leurs services et que par moment ceux-ci doivent parfois faire le choix entre choisir de la nourriture pour eux-mêmes ou leur animal. Heureusement, ce n’est pas le cas à Calgary et les environs. La banque alimentaire peut recevoir des dons destinés à des fournitures pour animaux de compagnie et les mettre à bon usage afin d’aider leurs clients. Un petit coin dédié de leur installation permet aux familles pour animaux de compagnie de ramasser de la nourriture pour le animal. 


Chaque année nous établissons des liens avec une organisation dans chacun des emplacements hôtes de nos salons. Nous avons hâte de poursuivre cette activité encore cette année à Drummondville (Québec) et dans la région de Toronto. Des familles d'animaux heureuses, signifie des animaux en bonne santé. Gardez un oeil sur notre page facebook pour voir avec nous travaillons prochainement.

Thousands Raised for Calgary Food Bank at the Western Canadian Pet Industry Gala




Following a very busy first day at the Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show the positive energy and excitement of the day carried over into the evening for the Full House Gala and Fundraiser.  We are delighted to reveal that $5000 was raised to help the Calgary Food Bank purchase supplies to assist pet families in need.


This grand total was made possible in two ways. A portion of ticket sales went directly to the food bank which means our participants, simply by choosing to attend the event, have made a big impact.   Secondly, thanks to industry members and some local businesses we received some wonderful items for our silent auction. In good spirits, guests had their credit cards ready and placed bids for every item on the table  One hundred percent of these proceeds are also going directly to the food bank.  We are proud of our industry colleagues and on a night where we celebrate their dedication to pet families and their communities we could not have asked for more.”

Cyndi Drummond, Development Coordinator for the Calgary Food Bank was on hand to speak about the realities of people who access their services and how at times there are those who feel they have to choose between selecting food for themselves and their pets. Thankfully this is not the case in Calgary and surrounding area. The Food Bank can receive donations earmarked for pet supplies and put them to good use to assist their clients.  A small dedicated corner of their facility allows pet families to pick up supplies that feed their animal family members too.

Every year we connect with a community organization in each of the locations were their trade shows are hosted.  We are looking forward to continuing our community outreach this year in Drummondville Quebec and the Toronto area.   Happy pet families, mean healthy pets.  Keep an eye on our facebook page to see who we are working with next. 


PIJAC CANADA ANNONCE LE TOUT PREMIER GAGNANT DU PRIX DU DÉTAILLANT CANADIEN


POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE

4 juin 2017, Calgary Alberta – PIJAC Canada est très heureux d’annoncer que Global Pet Foods – rue St-Mary's à Winnipeg a remporté le premier Prix du bien-être animal c'est l'affaire de tous! dans la catégorie détaillant. Le prix a été remis hier soir lors du Full House Gala au Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show devant une foule de plus de 200 professionnels animaliers qui se sont réunis pour célébrer l’événement.

"Propriétaires Chris et Deb Delorme sont une importante présence sur la scène des animaux de compagnie à Winnipeg. Que ce soit dans le parc de chien ou en magasin, ils se concentrent à éduquer leur communauté sur la sécurité et la santé des animaux de compagnie. Ils offrent souvent des dons et organisent des événements d'adoptions et de levées de fonds. La passion pour ce qu’ils font est visible pour tous.", a déclaré Louis McCann, Président de PIJAC Canada lors de la cérémonie de présentation.

Le prix Le bien-être animal c'est l'affaire de tous fait partie d’une campagne de PIJAC Canada pour partager des histoires sur le travail remarquable accompli par les entreprises pour animaux de compagnie au Canada. Le prix vise à souligner le travail de commerces dévoués et passionnés dans les domaines du bien-être animal et de la garde responsable d'animaux. Le but est de mettre en évidence les efforts déployés par les professionnels de l’industrie canadienne des animaux de compagnie et d’inspirer les autres à suivre leurs pas.

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Pour plus d’informations :
Stéphanie Renaud
Coordonnatrice des services aux membres
memberservices@pijaccanada.com


PIJAC CANADA ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER CANADIAN RETAIL AWARD WINNER




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 4, 2017, Calgary Alberta – PIJAC Canada is extremely excited to announce that Global Pet Foods – St. Mary’s Street in Winnipeg has won the first ever Animal Welfare is Everyone’s Business Award for Retail.  The award was handed out last night during the Full House Gala at the Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show in front of a crowd of over 200 pet professional gathered to celebrate the event.  

“Store owners Chris and Deb Delorme are a fixture on the Winnipeg pet scene.  Whether at the dog park or in store, they focus on educating their community about pet health and safety. They are no strangers to providing donations and hosting adoption and fund raising events.  The passion for what they do is crystal clear.”, said Louis McCann, President of PIJAC Canada during the presentation ceremony.

The Animal Welfare is Everyone’s Business Award is part of an ongoing campaign by PIJAC Canada to share stories about the amazing work being done by pet businesses in Canada.  The award is meant to highlight the work of dedicated and passionate pet retail businesses in the areas of animal well-being and the promotion of responsible pet ownership.  The goal is to publicly shine a light on the efforts of the dedicated professionals in Canada’s pet industry and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. 

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For more information:
Stephanie Renaud
Member Services Coordinator
memberservices@pijaccanada.com

Monday, May 29, 2017

Helping Pets in Need with the Calgary Food Bank



This coming Sunday we will be hosting our Full House Gala and Fundraiser at our Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade show in Calgary. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and all profits from a silent auction will be directed to the Calgary Food Bank to assist with the purchase of pet supplies for their clients with pets.  

We have worked with the Calgary Food Bank for a number of years and not many people are aware of how much they help pet families.  We extend our appreciation to them for making animal welfare their business too.  
Click here to read about how they collect and distribute supplies for pets.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Finalists Announced in Animal Welfare is Everyone's Business Retail Award


It is great pleasure that we announce the two finalists in the first-ever Animal Welfare is Everyone’s Business Retail Award.
Global Pet Foods Homes Alive Pets
Winnipeg, MB Edmonton, AB
Chris & Deb Delorme Evan & Leon Ropp
Nominated by:  Marcam Pet Nutrition Nominated by:  Burgham Sales

The winner will be revealed at the Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show at the Full House Gala and Fundraiser on Sunday June 4th in Calgary, Alberta.

We extend our gratitude and our congratulations to all our nominees for leading the way in improving animal well-being, the promotion of pet care education, responsible pet ownership and  overall community involvement.  It is because of the initiatives of people like these that Canadian families learn proper pet care and can enjoy life long positive pet experiences.









Un salon incroyable pour l'équipe Canadienne à Zoomark 2017

Cette année, le Canada a fièrement accueilli 10 de ses entreprises globales de pointe à son pavillon à deux îlots au Zoomark 2017. « L’intégrité des produits canadiens reflète celle de ses fabricants. Faire confiance non seulement à un produit mais également à la compagnie fabricante est une partie essentielle des relations d’affaires prospères », affirme Roselyne Leveque, organisatrice du pavillon PIJAC Canada. Elle continue : « L’équipe du Canada anime un pavillon depuis près de 20 ans où elle présente ses meilleures entreprises aux marchés globaux, solidifiant ainsi sa réputation de qualité. Pour cette raison, le pavillon rouge et blanc est devenu un arrêt à ne pas manquer. »

Les participants de l’équipe du Canada ont rencontré des représentants de plus de 30 pays différents, leur permettant de conclure des ententes et d’élargir la portée de leurs produits sur le marché global. Pour plusieurs participants, le programme de financement offert par Agrimarketing & Agriculture Canada est ce qui permet leur participation à l’évènement. Quant au gouvernement, le succès de ces entreprises joue un rôle important sur le marché extérieur du pays.


Félicitations à tous les participants de cette année à l’équipe du Canada au Zoomark. C’était merveilleux d’être témoin de votre initiative et travail soutenu porter fruit.


Buddy Belts
Canada Litter Inc.


CanAm Pet Treats - Darford
FirstMate Pet Foods
Hagen Inc.



Hurraw - The Joy of Raw.  For All

Le Groupe Intersand

Oven-Baked Tradition

Petcurean Pet Nutrition


True Leaf Pet

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great show for Team Canada at Zoomark 2017

This year Canada’s double island Pavilion at Zoomark 2017 proudly hosted 10 high end, global ready Canadian companies. “The integrity of Canadian products is matched by the people who stand behind them. Trusting not only the products but the company you do business with is an integral part of a success relationship.” says Roselyne Leveque, PIJAC Canada Pavilion organizer. She continues to explain, “For close to two decades Team Canada has hosted a pavilion offering the best our country has to offer to the global markets, solidifying our reputation for quality. Because of this, the red and white pavilion has become a must-visit landmark.”


Team Canada participants reported in they met with over 30 different countries, making deals and expanding the reach of their products globally.  For many the trade funding program through Agrimarketing & Agriculture Canada is what makes their participation in these events feasible. For the government, the success of these companies plays an important role in Canada’s overall export market.

Congratulations to all the Zoomark Team Canada participants this year.  It was wonderful to see your initiative and hard work truly paying off.  

Buddy Belts
Canada Litter Inc.


CanAm Pet Treats - Darford
FirstMate Pet Foods
Hagen Inc.



Hurraw - The Joy of Raw.  For All

Le Groupe Intersand

Oven-Baked Tradition

Petcurean Pet Nutrition

True Leaf Pet

Monday, May 8, 2017

Award Nominees Revealed and Voting Begins!

Award Nominees Revealed & Voting Begins!

We are delighted to announce the 2017 nominees for the Animal Welfare is Everyone’s Business Retail Award to be presented at the Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show.   It was wonderful to see the submissions come in over the last few weeks, knowing there would be so much to brag about leading up to the show. Retailers in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba were nominated by manufacturers and distributors. They were selected for their efforts in the pursuit of improving animal well-being through the promotion of pet care education, responsible pet ownership and  overall community involvement.   Successful nominees were assessed using a points system based on the award criteria.

Online Voting begins Tuesday and will run from May 9th to May 23rd.  Voting is open to PIJAC Canada members*, pre-registered visitors and exhibitors of the Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show.  “One of the great things about this venture is that the candidates will be voted on by their contemporaries.  People who understand exactly how hard they work to serve the community.“, says Louis McCann, President of PIJAC Canada.

We are extremely proud to introduce the top 5 nominees for 2017:


 


Congratulations to all the nominees for outstanding service in their communities. The nomination process for awards given at the ExpoZoo and National Pet Industry Trade shows will begin in the summer.

The Western winner will be announced at the Full House Gala & Fundraiser during the Western show the evening of Sunday, June 4th in Calgary, Alberta.



*Voting is available in English for this award.

Bosley's Pet Foods Plus (Columbia Square) - 2017 AWIEB Retail Award Nominee

2017 NOMINEE (Western)

Bosley's Pet Food Plus (Columbia Square)
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New Westminster, BC
Karima Jivraj
Nominated by:  Lucid Distributors


Promoting responsible pet ownership in the store and community:
- Creates a culture of openness encouraging new pet parents to ask all the questions they want and encourages staff to spend time to educate new pet parents,
- Does pet care talks at local schools and encourages responsible pet ownership, has a dedicated trainer at the store for dog training,

- Provides referrals to pet care professionals in the area, encourages education

Supporting pets in the community:
- She supports these same shelters by helping them raise funds as well as providing them with free product (eg. litter for the cat shelter)

- She has animals from shelters up for adoption in her store all the time

- Works with local animal shelter and animal services officers to promote responsible pet ownership, 

- Has a pet food bank year round, works with 5 rescues/shelters to foster and adopt out dogs, cats, small animals and birds, participates in all community outreach for low income/homeless pet parents, 

- Works with local Mayor and council on pet related issues and by-laws, raises funds for the main local shelter in the area

Other general community support activities:
- Has numerous fundraisers throughout the year with the proceeds all going back to the rescues.

- Is the President/Executive Board Member of the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association, Board Member PIJAC Canada, Board Member New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.  

- Has one staff member from Community Living Society Work Program who is learning challenged and autistic.  Have one student from New Westminster Secondary School who is learning challenged and autistic for work experience. 

- Mentor administration students from Sprott Shaw Community College by offering work experience at the store. 

- Supports the local homeless shelter residents who have pets through the New Westminster Animal Shelter.  

- Support local schools with any of their pet care needs (classroom pets)


Other observations about the nominee. 

The area where her store is located is a tougher neighbourhood (low income, crime, etc.) and she does an astounding job supporting the community!

Global Pet Foods Winnipeg - 2017 AWIEB Retail Award Nominee



2017 NOMINEE (Western)
Facebook Page

Global Pet Foods (Winnipeg)
Winnipeg, MB
Chris & Deb Delorme
Nominated by:  Marcam Pet Nutrition

Promoting responsible pet ownership in the store and community.
- Educate customers on pet safety and pet health and help them to choose products that are ideal for their family needs.

- Attend numerous community events to help pet owners become familiar with products that promote responsible pet ownership, ranging from biodegradable poop bags to dental products to ensure good dental health, to proper pet licensing and leash/harness safety, etc.

- Provide pet training and grooming recommendations in the area, etc. They also trim pet nails in their store regularly (for dogs, cats and small animals) with the proceeds of the trims going to help rescue groups. 

- Take the time to listen to their customers and get to know the families and pets so that they can support them as needed. They encourage pets to come into the store in order to socialize and have fun with people and other animals and just get out of the house, especially when the weather is cold and doesn’t allow for much outdoor activity.

- Have many rescue and breeder contacts that can provide pets when responsible families are searching for a furry friend to become a family member.

Supporting pets in the community.
- Donates food and supplies regularly to pet related events and to rescue groups. 
Host adoption events to help foster families gain exposure for their foster animals in need of homes/families. 

- Offers contact information for services such as vets, grooming, pet sitting, doggie daycares, training and behavioral support. 

- Uses social media to allow potential customers to request products and advice on making healthy choices for the animals.

Other general community support activities.
- Attend dog parks to get to know people in the area, to help promote pet health awareness, and to help create fun and stimulating activities for pets. 

- Sponsor the annual ‘Bark for Life’ event to help people involve their animals in raising funds for cancer research (this involves a morning of walking, playing and competing in contests at a local dog park in support of Cancer Care Manitoba). 

- A main sponsor of the Manitoba Pet Expo that provides an inside display of pet related products and services for people to visit, learn from and bring their pets out to enjoy the activities. They offer numerous product samples at these events and in-store in order for families to try products for free prior to investing in them.

Other observations about the nominee.
They are a pet-loving family owned store with employees that live in the community. They are all pet lovers and have the pet’s interest in mind when selecting products to promote. They have a staff member who is studying to be a vet as well as staff members that have worked in vet clinics, grooming salons and doggie daycares and are passionate about animals. All employees have pets that they are directly responsible for caring for and therefore can relate to customer’s needs and concerns and offer advice based on experience with their own animals. They learn from their customers and stock their store based on their own product choices as well as recommendations from customers, groomers, vets, behavioral specialists, and pet lovers in general.

The Pooch and Pony - 2017 AWIEB Retail Award Nominee

2017 NOMINEE (Western)

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The Pooch & Pony
Stony Plain, Alberta
Summer and Dina Merrills
Nominated by:  Kane Pet Supplies



Promoting responsible pet ownership in the store and community.
- Works with Parkland Animal Shelter every year called Responsible Pet Ownership Day, providing nail trims and raising funds to bring awareness to responsible pet ownership.

- Owners of this store very much stress responsible pet ownership. They are incredibly passionate about recommending and selling the greatest products they can find, both for dogs, cats as well as horses. They have gone as far as to introduce wellness practices into their business- they offer massage therapy, photon light therapy, cold laser therapy, wellness consultation sessions, 

- Recently started offering pet transportation services, for those in the community who may require that. They continue to strive for excellence with every decision they make and every extra service they start to offer.

Supporting pets in the community.
- Very active within the community- they regularly donate to not only the Parkland Food Bank, but the Parkland Pet Food Bank as well. Their generosity knows no limitations- every time I speak with the owner, Summer, she is in the middle of preparing for some charitable event.


- Supports local animal rescues by offering grooming services. 
They also support the Parkland Animal Shelter, by providing grooming services, giving coupons to people adopting a new pet, 

- When the fire happened in Fort McMurray, these retailers did not skip a beat, offering products to people who really needed it, discounts on larger purchases, and raising money for victims of this tragedy.

Other general community support activities.
- Contributed and raised funds for the Remuda Horsemanship Program, Blueberry School, St Matthew Luthern School, Dance Soul, The Town of Stony Plain Family Fest, Heatherdown Hills Equestrian Centre, Warden Riding Club, Youth Empowerment Services, Purina Walk for Guide Dogs, Parkland School Division, Parkland Riding Club and many more!

Other observations about the nominee. 
This retailers ongoing commitment to not only personal excellence, but community involvement, is inspiring. The owners and staff of this company have hearts as big as the list of people they have helped throughout the years.

They recently moved into a new location, and have been able to expand not only their business but their presence within the pet specialty community in town. Anyone who speaks with Summer for five minutes can tell just how passionate she is about proper animal welfare, and that passion carries over in everything she does. I am honoured to nominate her for this, as it would be very well deserved.