We are having a Staff Barbecue tonight and, as I have been going through the preparations, our wonderfully dedicated staff members are much on my mind.
As most of you know, the DSC is a small organization, trying to make a difference one person at a time, one donkey at a time. I am pleased to be able to write that in any one year we manage to accomplish alot, especially given our size, and an essential factor in these achievements stems from the very real committment of our 5 full time and 4 part time staff. Each person works very long hours, multi-tasking all the while. At the same time, their enormous respect and compassion for the donkeys and mules – indeed, for all animals – supports creative work patterns and everyday efforts to do extraordinary things with the funds that are available.
And, too, it should be said that we laugh alot. Mixed in with all of this exceptional effort is a positive outlook, one that recognizes that small can be very beautiful. We are making a difference.
If you are a supporter of the DSC I want you to know that you are contributing to an organization whose dedicated staff do the best that they can, every day of the week. For my part, I am priviledged to work with them.
Sandra Pady, Executive Director
When next you visit the DSC Farm be certain to save some time for our new Education Centre.
We have adapted a donkey run-in shed (which we thought was very appropriate) and situated it in one of the paddocks. On Open Days Terri Morris staffs the Centre and she brings her considerable teaching skills to her work. There are displays concerning animal welfare, donkey care, and biology. It is always a treat to stop by to listen to Terri as she elaborates upon the various items and/or shares her strong beliefs concerning aspects of positive animal care. Terri is a great friend to the donkeys and her enthusiasm is infectious.
Looking after animals is such a tremendous responsibility and since there are too few opportunities in our society for people to be made aware of the essentials of animal care, we are fortunate to have someone like Terri informing and sharing her convictions. There is always something new to learn.
Plans for our first Donkey Holiday are well in hand. It will take place from the evening of Wednesday, August 17th to after lunch on Saturday, August 20th. We have put together a most interesting program geared to donkey lovers (of course!) and we are sending out a particular invitation to those of you who are on your own. We will be a small group, 15 participants, and with your common love of animals we know that many friendships will be made. A few spaces remain and if you would like further information please call 519-836-1697 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year the DSC was able to make the down payment on the purchase of Walnut Ridge Farm, due in great part to a generous bequest from the estate of Miss Edna Rollo, a supporter who lived in Winnipeg. The purchase of the Farm is a milestone in the evolution of the Sanctuary. With it, our ability to care for donkeys and mules in the decades to come has been greatly enhanced.
In Miss Rollo’s case, in her Will she was able to define her wishes clearly and ensure that her money and possessions were distributed exactly according to her direction. If you are thinking to make your Will, or you would like to amend an existing document, you might find our brochure ‘Making a Will, Giving to Charity, A Guide for Everyone’ to be helpful. For a copy please contact our office: 519-836-1697 or email@example.com
Sandra Pady, Executive Director