On Sunday, May 27th, 2018 the Port Stanley Lioness Club held their Annual Walk for
Guide Dogs. This Port Stanley fundraising event has been assisting people with a
medical or physical disability for 31 years, by providing them with Dog Guides at
The Lions Foundation of Canada trains Dog Guides and assists Canadians with a wide
range of disabilities. With six programs in place, with Dog Guides for the visually
impaired or blind, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Special Skills Dog
Guides for people who have a medical or physical disability, Autism Assistance for
children aged 4-12 who have autism spectrum disorder, Seizure Response for people
who have epilepsy, Diabetic Alert for people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic
unawareness. Canadians with disabilities are offered the opportunity to find greater
independence, mobility and safety through the help of a Dog Guide. With a cost of
$25,000 to raise, train, and place a Dog Guide, many people with disabilities would
not be able to have a Dog Guide without the assistance of this Annual Walk for Guide
Dogs. Dog Guides Canada has already provided specially trained Dog Guides to more
than 2,764 men, women and children, all without any government funding.
There was a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to mark the start of this years Pet Valu Walk
for Guide Dogs, with MP Karen Vecchio, MPP Jeff Yurek, and Central Elgin Mayor David
Marr doing the honour's. This year the 3 km route was changed back to North up Carlow
Road, then East onto Warren Street, then South onto Colborne Street, and finally West
onto Bridge Street crossing Kettle Creek using the King George VI Lift Bridge. Also
at the event today was Don Hancock a resident of St. Thomas, and recipient of a Lions
Club Service Dog named Paige that was raised and trained in the Lions Oakville facility.
This years Walk For Dog Guides sponsor was Pet Valu.
When it was all over, Lioness Beverley Filewood, Committee Chair, happily reported
that $18,171.50 was raised for this event, the best it's ever been! The Port Stanley
Lioness Club would also like to thank everyone who came out to support this worthy
cause, and that this event, the Walk for Guide Dogs, will return in 2019.