Kamloops volunteer honoured with B.C. Good Citizenship award

By Chad Klassen
June 1, 2016 - 12:07pm Updated: June 1, 2016 - 5:39pm

KAMLOOPS — A cornerstone of the Kamloops community has been recognized for her tireless work, receiving one of the first Good Citizenship award at Thompson Rivers University. 

Trudie BonBernard is the first Kamloops resident to receive such an award, based for all her work in the St. John Ambulance dog therapy program. She takes her dog Skye everywhere and makes a difference in people's lives. 

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"It's a fantastic honour to receive the B.C. Good Citizenship medal," says BonBernard, who is a first-time dog owner. "It's a brand-new award the government has put in place to honour people who contribute to the community. I'm especially proud because it's really based on my contribution to the St. John Ambulance dog therapy program in Kamloops."

The dog therapy program has 66 dogs that travel around the city to provide comfort to people, including students at TRU and seniors. 

"The program has got to be absolutely the best volunteer program I've ever been involved in," says BonBernard. "Every day when you go out with your dog, you always make a happier place for residents, the children, the staff, the TRU Hug A Puppy program is a good example. Hundreds of people stop by every Thursday to see the dogs."

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