ANGELA BLENKHORNE, FOUNDER AND CHAIR

A passionate advocate for providing effective resources for grieving kids,

Angela has been navigating the emotions resulting from grief since the age 

of 14 after the death of her father.  

Angela has turned her grief experience into action by helping kids learn to

honour their losses and remember how to thrive again. For over 20 years,

she has volunteered with, presented to, coached, and learned from 

facilitating kids' and youth groups through teaching skiing, yoga, and

building peer support networks.

 

Her interest in providing alternative grief resources has led her to participate

in grief workshops and seminars, and study about trauma's effect on

early childhood development. 

 

In addition, she has held administration and management roles in oil and

gas, hospitality and events, snow resort operations, and non-profit and charitable organizations. Angela is currently a writer and editor - click here for more information.

Along came Bernie the Saint Bernard, with her own set of challenges to work through and live with, and the idea of Bernie's Buddies became a reality.

 

BERNIE THE SAINT BERNARD, CO-FOUNDER

Bernie was deaf since birth, had no tail because it didn't grow,

and wasn't one bit concerned about either of these things. Bernie adopted

her fur-ever family when she was 4 months old after being found out in

the cold by the City of Calgary Animal Services team. The story of how

she found her new home was published in Dogs in Canada magazine.

Bernie volunteered as a therapy dog with children

and youth non-profit organizations, community groups, schools, and 

summer camps from 2009 to 2016. Sadly, Bernie passed away in 2017 at the

age of 9 but her legacy lives on - Brisk the Newfoundland dog is officially our

newest team member to carry on Bernie's work.

VOLUNTEERS

We're proud to have committed volunteers to help us provide programming - their participation in our vision creates an undeniable impact in supporting Calgary's bereaved children. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our dedicated Board guides our activities with a broad range of experiences - including grief counseling and education, corporate strategy, and non-profit management - providing unique perspectives in supporting grieving kids and young adults.

Bios - coming soon!

TEAM AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Call us: 403-467-7923

Email us: berniesbuddiescalgary@gmail.com

© 2019 Bernie's Buddies   

Registered charity number: 80458 0173 RR0001

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