At the end of 2015 we launched our inaugural Community Awards designed to recognize those people in our community who support the human animal bond.
We received some wonderful nominations and would like to congratulate all of our winners, pictured here with their Awards!
A special thank you also to Wallington’s WRG for sponsoring these Awards.
1. Magpie Award – Animal Welfare Volunteer of the Year
This Award is in honour of a special collaboration between CP and our friends at The Winged Horse Equine Welfare Centre (TWHEW). Its purpose is to recognise volunteers who go over and above the call of duty in their role as a volunteer with an animal welfare organisation in our region.
Background to this Award: Many years ago the Founder of Cherished Pets, Alicia Kennedy met Carolyn Bischof, Founder of TWHEW over an abandoned magpie baby needing support. A friendship blossomed between the two women and they have continued to support and encourage each other in their respective endeavours to create a better world for horses, farm animals and companion pets .. and the people who love them so dearly.
Congratulations to Joy Barling, Volunteer Coordinator of TWHEW (pictured in middle with Carolyn (left) and Alicia (right)).
“Joy gives her heart and soul to all those in care at TWHEW. As our Volunteer Coordinator she gives 200% and looks out for everyone, whether they have 2 or 4 feet, and whether they are furry , feathers or nudey skiined!”
2. Pet-Friendly Landlord
People who rent their home are often disadvantaged when it comes to pet ownership. This Award recognizes landlords who are flexible and cooperative in allowing and supporting their tenants to have companion pets.
Our winner is Michael Davies who was nominated by Erin Carvill, Property Manager at Stockdale & Leggo, Drysdale. “Michael is a true credit and testament to being a pet-friendly landlord”.
For more information on Pet Friendly Accommodation visit: www.petpositives.com.au/keep-australia-pet-friendly/pet-friendly-accommodation
3. Pet-Friendly Workplace
This Award recognizes employers and workplaces who value the role of companion pet in people’s lives through pet-friendly workplace policies.
Small Business: Connections, Alison Lewis-Nicholson
Congratulations Alison and Dougal!
Alison, a local psychologist, was nominated for her recognition of the role of animals in therapy. As a counselor, Alison welcomes her lovely dog, Dougal, into her rooms where he helps make clients feel more comfortable and relaxed.
“Alison and Dougal are a terrific example of engaging a pet to assist people who are often in a crisis. Dougal is attentive and intuitive. His duties include welcoming clients, alleviating anxiety and helping children feel at ease”.
Large Business: Cotton On Group, Jackie Bull
Congratulations Cotton On Group! Award was received by Jo Hamilton and her faithful companion, Bracken.
As one of Geelong’s largest employers the pet-friendly policies of this employer set a benchmark for all other companies.
Nominated by employee, Jo Hamilton.
“The Cotton On Group is a dog-friendly workplace, welcoming on average three dogs to its Geelong Headquarters every day. Of course there are rules to follow, they are reasonable and make the environment safe for people and the pets visiting.
I find working in a dog-friendly workplace has many benefits beyond being able to simply have my dog accompany me to work for the day. Our dogs often make friends with other visiting pooches – it helps with their socialisation with other dogs and people. They learn to rest quietly next to our desks and calmly accept the activities of a workplace environment.
Research has also clearly demonstrated the advantages of having pets in the workplace, reducing stress levels and having calming effects on the environment they are within. Not to mention, they are just fun to have around.
Our dogs also expand our interactions with those we work with, encouraging team mates who we may not normally interact with in our day to work to stop by, say hello and have a pat. So, we make new friends and acquaintances and in the process learn more about the job roles and activities of others, enhancing our knowledge and understanding of the business.
I am proud and thankful to be part of a business that is prepared to take on such initiatives to help make our workplace the great environment that it is.”
Not For Profit: Cottage by the Sea, Inc – Jessica Delaney
Congratulations Jessica! Award was received by Rhonda Coffey, pictured here with Webbie.
Jessica was nominated for her commitment to animal-assisted therapy through her recruitment of the lovable Webbie. Webbie is a 5 year old black Labrador who had failed as a Seeing Eye Dog but has found his purpose as the companion dog at Cottage By The Sea, a very special place in Queenscliff where disadvantaged and vulnerable children can enjoy a holiday program.
Since his arrival in September 2015 he has already made a difference. Children are able to engage with his daily care and he has a lovely calming influence on everyone.
“Jessica and the Cottage by The Sea Management should be recognised for embracing this enriching experience as part of the wonderful program offered to visiting children. The care of Webbie is self-funded through the charity so the prize money from this Award will help with his ongoing care”.
Congratulations Webbie, Jessica and Cottage By the Sea. As a special outcome of this Award, Cherished Pets pledges to support some of the ongoing care of Webbie in 2016.
For more information on Pet-Friendly Workplace Policies, visit: www.petpositives.com.au/keep-australia-pet-friendly/pet-friendly-policies-for-the-workplace/
4. Responsible Pet Ownership in Children and Youth
This category recognizes children who demonstrate active and lasting commitment to caring for their pet of any shape or size! We received some lovely nominations and congratulate these winners:
Grace Mould (aged 2)
Congratulations to Grace and Mum, Laura!
Grace is very helpful with the care of her two little dogs, helping to feed, walk and bath them. We received a gorgeous video of Grace walking Harry the Sausage Dog. Grace is also being taught to ask owners before approaching to pat a strange dog.
Congratulations to Imogen, aged 11 years, who was nominated by her teacher for the special care she provides animals of all shapes and sizes. (Imogen was unable to attend the Awards ceremony)
James and Telisha Coles
Congratulations James (aged 13) and Telisha (aged 12)!
Both the Coles children demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the care of their pets. Well done to you and to your parents for teaching such good responsible pet ownership!
“From the first day James got his little cat, Smokey he has looked after him like a mother cares for a child. He plays with him, feeds him, brushes and grooms him and puts him to bed in his little blanket. Smokey has made a change in James’ life. ”
“Telisha always cares for her pets, walking, bathing and cleaning her dogs ears, making sure her four frogs get fresh water and cleaning their tank. She takes great care of her pets for a kid of her age”.