Rotarians Support a New Program in Humane Education

October 5, 2017

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) is grateful to be the recipient of a grant that will help support the launch of the GTHS Humane Education Program. The $1400 grant provided from the Rotary Club of South Georgian Bay provides the necessary equipment, clothes and supplies to help participating youth work with animals as part of three programs being offered this Fall.

“The goal of our Humane Education Program at GTHS is to teach students about the special relationship humans have with companion animals, recognizing that we share many of the same physical and emotional needs. Concepts taught in our comprehensive program promote and encourage further development of important character and life-building skills including empathy, sensitivity, responsibility, respect, compassion and kindness to all living beings.  Our exciting Humane Education Program is aligned with the Ontario curriculum and supports a vast amount of research which clearly shows that integrating humane education into the classroom can lead to reductions in school violence and bullying, while supporting moral development and instilling a sense of responsibility for others, both animals and people.” stated Sonya Reichel, executive director for GTHS.

The funding from Rotary will be used to purchase scrubs, rubber boots, t-shirts and other pieces of equipment.

The GTHS is thankful for the continued support from individuals, businesses and clubs like The Rotary Club of South Georgian Bay. Relying solely on donations, this grant will make a lasting impact to their efforts in animal welfare.

Starting in November, the GTHS has partnered with the Collingwood Youth Center to offer a series of workshops geared toward youth ages 13-16. These certification courses offer a unique opportunity for adolescents to develop a sense of compassion and a sense of justice and respect for the value of all living things.  Enrollment is free and the process can begin by visiting http://collingwoodyouthcentre.ca/.

About the Georgian Triangle Humane Society

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society was founded in 1999 and is a registered charity dedicated to helping animals in need. It serves the area known as the Georgian Triangle, which includes the communities of Wasaga Beach, Stayner, Creemore, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, Thornbury, Clarksburg, Meaford and the surrounding areas. The shelter operates solely on donations and money raised from fundraising efforts, with the assistance of a team of dedicated volunteers, staff and animal lovers.

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