In late 2013 we were fortunate to receive a $10,000 grant from the Sandra Bond Foundation. This grant was and is in aid of the second part of the DSC Mission, to promote the responsible stewardship of all animals through humane education.
The grant helped us in several ways. We were able to hire Stephanie Smith (pictured) this summer who for several years had been a part time DSC animal care provider. That experience served her well in this new education role where she worked alongside Terri Morris, our Humane Educator. They developed permanent display cases, information boards and new interactive activities which enhance the teaching presentations that Terri and Stephanie give throughout Open Days. Stephanie found that, ” Our new materials in the Learning Centre (and in its neighbouring Wetlands Centre) make everything so accessible and enable independent learning. They also encourage more dialogue and communication.” Terri, who is a retired Special Needs teacher, adds, “We have become an even better education resource at the DSC – for children, the public, and potential donkey owners. I know we are making a difference.”
We are grateful to the Sandra Bond Foundation for helping us to make these improvements to the DSC Education Program.
Sandra Pady, Founder