In October 2013 the two founders of Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs met and shared their common realization that Southeastern Ontario lacked any locally based service dog training programs dedicated to assisting children and other individuals living with autism and other physical, emotional and mental challenges.
They began a partnership operating as Kingston 4 Paws Academy to try and fill this gap. Applications for dogs started being received in the spring of 2014 and the first puppies were acquired in February of 2014.
It was soon obvious that the local community shared their vision. Interest and awareness grew very quickly. Encouraged by the response, the partnership was converted into its current not-for-profit corporate status in early November and granted its charitable status on January 1, 2015. By the end of first year of operations there were 10 puppies in training with foster families and 7 approved wait list recipients. Our first trained dogs were placed in the early summer of 2015.
Elizabeth gained experience as a puppy raiser with Autism Dog Services and the Lion’s Foundation of Canada for over 15 years having assisted in the training of more than 20 dogs for those organizations. She brings a lot of hands-on experience to Kingston 4 Service Dogs and her passion for our wonderful dogs shows with each animal she works with.
In addition to her training role Elizabeth is the organization’s principal liaison with the breeders who provide our dogs and our other significant product and service donors.
Heather’s canine experience began professionally with not-for-profit organizations in 2001. Heather began fostering puppies and soon transitioned into coordinating and training foster puppy programs. She has interviewed families applying for services dogs and her experience includes training and placing advanced service dogs. Her professional career also includes event planning, community engagement and fundraising.
It was a personal experience with an autistic child that intensified her passion in working directly with waitlist families. Together with the waitlist families and the K4Paws staff / Board, Heather endeavors to elevate the awareness and assist with raising funds for K4Paws.
Heather’s own furry companions include 2 black labs, 2 cats and a horse.
Sue started volunteering with K4Paws in 2017 as a Foster Family raising puppies to become future Service Dogs. Her experience raising her own dogs and belief in the value that dogs can make in an individual’s life, became a value to the organization.
Since 2019, Sue has taken on additional responsibilities, including managing technology, bookkeeping and general administrative duties. She brings with her a background in Information Technology and team building.
Marty retired in 2015 from more than thirty-five years in the communication technology industry. For the past 15 years he was a senior sales and marketing director with two large multinational companies that supply computer and print technologies and related business solutions to U.S. and Canadian corporations. He has been an active member of the K4Paws board since 2014 and takes pride in the growth of service dog placements to deserving individuals in the Southeastern Ontario community.
Marty and his wife Cynthia have recently left the country life north of Kingston and moved to Guleph to be closer to family.
For many years Elizabeth was a very active independent real estate broker in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario, specializing in commercial properties and still maintains her broker’s license. She shares her home north of Kingston with her husband and their three black Labs. Also see her information in the Staff section above.
With more than 10 years of experience helping small businesses succeed, Max joins the board to help harness technology to advance the organization. His love of dogs doesn’t hurt either!
Max is the CEO of Sadlowski Consulting and regularly volunteers his time for multiple organizations throughout Kingston.
Sue continues a career of more than 30 years in the Information Technology field in both the public and private sectors. Recently joining the K4Paws Board, Sue brings experience and expertise from both an administrative perspective as well as from being a Foster Family raising Service Dog in Training puppies.
Sue moved to the Kingston area in 2016 from her lifelong home of Toronto. She now lives north of the city with her two dogs.
Cynthia had a diverse career in project management, process engineering and administration in the telecommunications, government and computer industries. After 40 years in the corporate world, Cynthia retired and joined Marty in managing several large fundraising initiatives for Kingston 4Paws. Her love for labs and desire to volunteer led her to K4Paws and to expand her involvement in this worthy charity.