We Support

The Vancouver Division supports Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities, BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, The Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society and the Buffalo Celtic Music Society

Pacific Riding For Developing Abilities

One of the primary charities that Vancouver Division supports is the Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA).  This is undertaken in the form of financial contributions made to support the horse, “Dodger”.

Photograph of Dodger and his rider

Photograph of Dodger with his rider Dylan (Source of photo – Sheldon Boles)

Dodger is a 12 year old quarter horse gelding. He’s 14.3 hands high, and weighs approximately 900 pounds. 

Photograph of Dodger and his rider Dylan

 

The PRDA was established in 1973 to provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.  The PRDA provides a caring and welcoming environment and they pride themselves on being a safe place for people to experience new things.

Doctors and rehabilitation specialists are increasingly recommending therapeutic riding for their patients with disabilities, as research shows that riders who participate in equine assisted therapy can experience physical, emotional and psychological rewards. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the relationships formed with the horse, the instructors and the other riders can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. The bonds formed between the horses, riders, and volunteers are very powerful, and they are incredible to watch. Imagine the joy of escaping crutches or a wheelchair to find independence and freedom on the back of a horse.

You can learn more about the Pacific Riding For Developing Abilities by visiting their website


BC & Alberta Guide Dogs (BCGD) was founded in 1996 and breeds, raises and professionally trains Guide Dogs for blind/visually-impaired individuals and Autism Support Dogs for children aged 3-10 with profound autism.

Since being founded in 2014, Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs (VICD) has paired 26 dogs with both military and RCMP veterans on Vancouver Island. Each team undergoes a 52-week Service Dog training program and is eligible for certification under the BC Guide Dog and Service Dog Act.  BCGD has been providing purpose-bred adult dogs and technical support to Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs (VICD) since its inception.  BCGD and VICD are in the process of amalgamating into a single agency.  For details about BCGD, we encourage you to visit their website.

The RCMP Veterans’ Association – Vancouver Division received a suggestion that our Association provide financial support to the B.C. & Alberta Dogs and Autism Support Dogs program.  This proposal was approved by our Executive Committee.  The Association currently sponsors two puppies – Gideon and Maggie.  Check out their photographs below:     

              

                  Gideon – Nov. 7, 2018


                              Maggie – Nov. 7, 2018

Our Association members are also encouraged to individually support this group so they can provide support to this organization.

Photograph of Luke - one of the BC Guide Dog Service dogs


 

The Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society was established in 1988 after RCMP Constable Bruce Denniston was diagnosed with le​ukemia in 1987. His only hope for long term survival was a bone marrow transplant. None of his siblings were compatible donors, so an unrelated donor was sought.        The Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry, now known as One Match, was in its infancy at the time and had few registered donors.  Bruce’s colleagues in the RCMP, and the community of Powell River, B.C. rallied to his cause and spread the word about the need for donors, not only for Bruce but for all patients in similar circumstances. This led to a groundswell of initiatives across Canada. 

You can learn more about The Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society by visiting their website


RCMP “E” Division Pipes and Drums

(Buffalo Celtic Music Society)

 

 

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