Court Dog Run a success for Sturgeon Victim Services

Above: First place winner- Adrianne Humen – RCMP Morinville. Inset: Hope, the SVS service dog. –  SVS photos

by Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon Victim Services (SVS) held their Third Annual Court dog Run on Sunday morning in Gibbons. The run aims to raise funds and community awareness for Hope, SVS’ Certified Service Dog. The Labrador retriever helps SVS advocates ease the effects of trauma experienced by victims of crime and tragedy.

“Hope’s primary role is supporting children and youth in their care and recovery from crisis and trauma,” said SVS Executive Director Elisabeth Melvin. “Hope can be found offering support in our local detachment, in court appearances and interviews to name a few. Bringing comfort when comfort is most needed.”

Above: Elisabeth Melvin (Executive Director),  Elyse Prince (Program Manager) with Hope.

Melvin said Sunday’s run was a success with 16 volunteers and 21 runners that braved a brisk and windy morning. Spouses and children joined the runners and volunteers for Sunday’s event.

“The runners seemed very pleased to be supporting Hope’s program, with several giving feedback of attending next year’s run,” Melvin said.

Sunday’s event raised just under $1000 for the program, including the $25 registration fees, a cash donation of $25 and a cheque for $250 from the Gibbons Fire Hall.

“We at SVS are delighted in such a strong response from our supporters and are already making notes of how we can make this Run that much better next year,” Melvin said.

Class of Sheriffs that participated in the run

Gibbons Town Councillors.

Mom and daughter team.

Warm-up in action.