It was an annual tradition -- dozens of youth visiting the B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs facilities in Delta where they had the opportunity to interact with puppies and learn about the important role of service dogs.
Because of the pandemic this year, the educational event has been moved online, however the seminar is open to the public for free for the first time.
B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs has partnered with Richmond Lahoo Leo Club, an organization established in 2014 under the Lions Club International, to host the virtual meeting via Zoom on Nov. 14.
William Thornton, CEO and co-founder of B.C. and Alberta Guide dog services, will talk about the important role these service dogs play in the daily lives of some people.
“We have been hearing touching stories about how guide dogs have changed and empowered the lives of people with disabilities. For them, dogs are their eyes, partners and lifetime friends. They are living with dignity, independence and freedom because of those guide dogs,” said Chris Qiu, an advisor from Richmond Lahoo Leo Club, who has taken children to visit B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs facilities in previous years.
“Guide dogs help them through busy intersections, crowded public transit systems and other obstacles,” Qui added.
Most members from the Richmond Lahoo Leo Club are students, and these events not only help them understand the importance of service dogs, but also become more empathetic and caring for those living with disabilities, Qiu noted.
“You don’t need to be rich to help others. Sometimes a small kind gesture can empower others as well.”
The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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