As part of a dog-related organization, you obviously care about dogs and their welfare. We do too! As you probably know, Citizen Canine is a 2,200 member, Greater Victoria, non-profit society that promotes responsible dog-ownership through advocacy, education, and canine community-building. What you may not know is that we are eagerly seeking new Executive Committee members: people like yourself, who understand the workings of non-profit societies and are willing to commit some of their time and energy to do positive work for the dog-owning community of Victoria...and have some fun at the same time! Citizen Canine has been protecting the interests of dog-owners since 2002. Do you walk your dog off leash in Mill Hill Park, Thetis Lake Park, or Francis King Park? You wouldn't be able to if we hadn't fought the CRD's plan to ban off leash dogs there. What else have we done? Lots! Here are some of our other accomplishments: • published an educational flyer promoting responsible dog ownership: Good Owners, Good Dogs • published 21 issues of our newsletter, The Scoop • hosted ten annual dog walks at Beaver Lake Park • offered the Canine Good Neighbour Test to Victoria dog-owners • worked with the Provincial Emergency Preparedness Program on emergency planning for pet owners • developed resources to help improve rental access for renters with dogs • surveyed municipal politicians to determine their dog-friendliness • hosted Dogtoberfest! • donated money to dog-related charities and rescue organizations • wrote letters to the editor, articles, and were interviewed on local television and radio • brought Dr. Stanley Coren to Victoria for educational lectures about dog behaviour • brought • created an online community for Victoria dog owners • helped Victoria create the Paws In Parks program, introducing off leash access times in many of the city's parks • helped Saanich draft a more progressive Animals Bylaw • advised Saanich on dog management in Cuthbert Holmes Park • arranged for member discounts at local businesses We have a couple of elected positions open on the Executive Committee: Vice President and Secretary. As well, there are appointed Executive Committee positions such as Directors-at-Large, Volunteers Coordinator, and Marketing/Promotion Coordinator. Basically, if there is a particular area of our work that is of interest to you, we can make a Coordinator position out of it. A Director-at-Large is more of a generalist, helping out in whatever capacity is needed at the time. The Committee meets approximately once a month, and holds an Annual General Meeting in the Spring. As a member of the Executive, you will influence the policy and direction of the organization going forward. We value your ideas in support of dog owners, and welcome suggestions that will make Citizen Canine even more successful. Have you got the Right Stuff? The actual time commitment of an Executive member isn't huge: only a couple of hours a month, except during the lead-up to events. Citizen Canine holds two dog-related educational and community-building events during the year: the Everybody and Their Dog Walk in the spring and an educational Dog Talk in the fall. In exchange for your time and energy, you get to be a part of a fun organization that helps dog owners and makes Victoria an even better place to live with a dog!
Interested individuals should contact Mark Hawkes, President, Citizen Canine Dog Owners Association (firstname.lastname@example.org).