April 22, 2017
Speaker: Gretchen Aylsworth
Chapel Hill Library, Room A
Social Meet and Greet: 10:30 a.m.; Program 11:00 a.m.
Before volunteering for EENP, Gretchen Aylsworth was the director of the Guardian ad Litem program, Orange/Chatham Counties from 1989-2009. Its mission is to advocate in court for the best interest of neglected or abused children. She and her staff recruited, trained and supervised approximately 120 guardians.
Gretchen has been a dog trainer and member of the board of EENP since it was founded in 2008. Located in Carrboro, its mission is to partner people with dogs to improve lives. It trains and places Service and Medical Alert dogs as well as providing ongoing support to working Assistance Dog Teams that have graduated through the program.
In recent years, it has developed a partnership with the NC correctional system to teach inmates to train Assistance Dogs. This is a triple win: dogs get full-time attention. love and training; inmate trainers develop interpersonal, leadership and job skills; and clients receive life-changing support for their disabilities.
Gretchen will be accompanied by a service dog and Al, a work-release inmate who was one of their original trainers and is now in prison in Hillsborough and permitted to work for EENP.
This should be a fascinating, enjoyable program about a very worthwhile community service.