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 to her continued
education through grief workshops and seminars, and study about trauma's
effect on childhood development. She also presents on the need for
awareness of and access to alternative bereavement resources at youth
mental health conferences.
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 freelance writer - for more information on her services, click here .
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 died 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.
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!