b'Join in onthe fun.W LK!Alexandre with StanleyThe mission ofthe largest and most fun walk in Durham.Our Lions Foundation ofwalks donations are in the top 8% of the 300+ Canada Dog Guides iswalks nationwide from day one. 50% of people to empower Canadiansattending the walk live outside Port Perry. In with disabilities to navigate their world withaddition, thanks to major donors like the Nancy con denceandindependencebyprovid- and Ron Compton Foundation and the 100 Men ing Dog Guides at no cost and supportingof Scugog, we have raised $13,500 towards the each pair in their journey together.From guiding theircost of a dog guide for a Scugog resident.owners through their daily lives to getting help when it isMayor Drew declared May to be Dog Guide month and needed most, Dog Guides play a crucial role in the lives ofthere was aag raised at the township on International Canadians with disabilities. DogGuidedayApril28th.JonathanvanBilsenhas The Port Perry Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides joinedinterviewedDurham recipients of Dog Guides forve the national walk in 2018.A team of six volunteers metYouTube and the local Rogers TV channel in May. These around a kitchen table with our local Pet Valu owner andinterviewshighlightthedramaticpositivedi erences developed a plan to launch a walk here in Port Perry thatdog guides can make in a challenging life.Di erences starts in Palmer Park, walks along the waterfront andlike parents being able to sleep thru the night since the onto Queen Street and ends up at the Old Flame for lunch,dog guide will wake parents up if their child is at risk of courtesy of Vos Independent Grocers and gelato from thea diabetic incident.Dog guides that will ground children Perfect Scoop.Thanks to our awesome individual dona- ontheautismspectrumallowingthemtofunctionin tions, our community, our beautiful town, the BIA, localpublic and at school.Dog guides that will facilitate daily media, the Chamber of Commerce and generous businessroutines for people su ering from MS.sponsors, the Port Perry Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides isDogGuidesreliessolelyondonationsforfunding. Many local businesses have signed on as sponsors includ-ing the Pet Valu Port Perry, Anja of Sweden, Applewood Farm & Winery, Brocks, Brooks Feeds, Elevation CPA,FramersGallery,GoodSoldierFilm,GreenTractors, Gus Brown, McDonalds, Paulmacs Pets, Oakridge Golf Club, PP Print, Right at Home Realty Port Perry, Scugog Animal Hospital, Old Flame Brewing Co., Tyler Briley Sculpture, Wee Tartan Shop and Vos Your Independent Grocer. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thepandemichasforcedeverythingvirtualand challenged everyone.The need is great.New this year is an initiative to track everyones walking, cycling and running to a virtual walk across Canada. Sign on to our website and track your activity! On the website you can see the di erent teams in Port Perry and how the Port Perry Walk for Dog Guides stacks up virtually to the other walks across Canada.Thank you past donors. Please join us virtually this year. For more information or to donate please go to www.walkfordogguides.com/ppLinda and Quasar. or email: portperrywalkfordogguides@gmail.com14 FOCUS - MAY 2021'