Since childhood, I have been extremely fortunate to have dogs in my life as valuable members of my family. I first became aware of Sweet Charity as a Vice Principal in an elementary school in Simcoe County District School Board. At the time, we had a staff team that were willing and excited to learn of the Sweet Charity Canine Ambassador Program (CAP), and so my journey of welcoming dogs into our school system began. We trained four dogs that same year, and each of the dogs became extremely important members of our staff – beloved by staff, students and the school community. As the dogs came to school with their handlers daily, I immediately noticed the positive impact each CAP dog had on our students, parents and the school environment on a daily basis. I like to call this ‘Dog Magic’. Our CAP teams brought an immeasurable amount of love, joy, smiles, strength and compassion to our kids daily. Our school environment completely changed for the positive, and at that point I started to become more involved with Sweet Charity. Completely impressed with the CAP program, I joined the Board of Directors as the Social Media liaison in 2017. Our team is growing with each session that graduates a new team of CAP dogs. We are so fortunate to be on the cutting edge of mental health and wellness in Simcoe County, with Simcoe County District School Board supporting the CAP program and all our CAP teams. Simply stated: Canine Ambassadors just make sense in schools. This is just the beginning! Ours dogs have so much more to give, as the program continues to expand. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the programs we offer and be sure to visit our Sweet Charity Facebook page, or tag us @SweetCharityDog (twitter) and sweetcharitydog on Instagram, if you have photos or stories to share.