Autism Dog Services Inc. 

 

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VICKY SPADONI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Vicky has devoted her career to advocating and helping charitable organizations thrive! She has held both long term fundraising and executive leadership positions with charities such as; The Ontario Lung Association, MitoCanada Foundation, The Children's Safety Village of Brant, Operation Lift and now Autism Dog Services.

Vicky resides with her husband Rick and son Adam in Brantford, ON and her step daughter Meagan lives in Hamilton, ON. Vicky and her husband rescue dogs and give them a life of love and respect.

Contact Vicky with your fundraising ideas, she would love to hear from you!

(519) 722-2685

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ALLISON SAVARD, DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES

Allison has volunteered and worked in the autism service dog industry for the past 20 years.  Allison began her career running a foster puppy program and went on to complete an apprenticeship tranining program through the first organization in the world to train and pair service dogs with children living with autism.  

Allison joined the ADS team in 2009 to continue her work with children, families and service dogs. Allison currently works part-time for ADS and is responsible for supporting client families; including those interested in obtaining more information about acquiring a service dog, supporting and instructing families on the wait list and families who currently have service dogs. Other responsibilities include grant writing and assisting Janine with the Puppy Program.  

(519) 504-7658

 

 

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JANINE BRUBACHER, PUPPY PROGRAM & ADOPTIONS MANAGER

Janine has been involved in the Service Dog industry since 2006 and joined the ADS team in 2013.  She has experience in many areas of ADS including the puppy program, client services, advanced training and client follow-up support.  Janine works part-time for ADS and manages the Puppy Program, the puppy sitters, and adoptions.

(519) 722-6563

 

 

 

     Renee
Renee Mauro, Advanced Trainer 
 
We welcome Renee to the ADS team!
 
Renee has been working around dogs from a very early age and it's always been her passion.  Renee's work with dogs stretches from veterinarians, dog grooming, fostering, detection work, service dog training, and  ran her own personal dog training business.  She is currently the proud owner of Martindale Kennels and Grooming and partners with a rescue group which she helps rehabilitate rescue dogs.  
 
905-984-9569
 
 
     Dianne

Dianne Nyeboer, Puppy Program Coordinator

Dianne has been working and volunteering in the Service Dog industry for the past 12 years. A lifelong animal lover, Dianne has taken many obedience and training classes in addition to being certified in Pet First Aid. She enjoys spoiling her senior dogs: a Labradoodle and a Chocolate Lab who has earned her Intermediate Title in CKC Rally Obedience. Dianne currently works part-time for ADS as the Puppy Program Coordinator and assists with client services.
 
 
   

Jerry Lawlor

 

Jerry Lawlor, Fund Development Manager

Jerry is a highly energetic philanthropic professional with over 20 years of experience. Jerry has been part of most aspects in fundraising but has specialized in major gift fundraising, capital campaigns, strategic management and leadership in healthcare, education and the social services sectors. Jerry acquired his CFRE in 2005 and attributes his success to the relationships he’s built with so many community minded volunteers and high performing colleagues.

(519) 209-3938

 

     Carol

CAROL MATTHEWS, DIRECTOR OF ADVANCED CANINE DEVELOPMENT

Carol has been training dogs professionally for over 25 years.  Carol experience includes;

  • Performed behaviour assessments and behaviour modification training for dogs with fear and aggression issues
  • Instructor all levels of obedience, agility and fly ball
  • Trained and handled narcotic, explosive, land mine and arson detection dogs
  • Instructor for Police K9 detection teams
  • Instructor patrol dog K9 teams for prisons, security companies and police
  • Head Trainer National Service Dogs responsible for training, placing and providing follow up for 60 autism teams, 30 PTSD teams, and 20 Canine assisted intervention teams.  Responsible for assessing and assigning all dogs that came through advanced training.

(416) 997-3326

Autism Dog Services is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of voluntary community members.

Board Members - 2020

Mike Craig, Chair

Nikki Craig, Vice-Chair

Eric Stephenson - Treasurer

Jordan Pelkmans - Secretary

 

Eileen Cowan - Director