Andrea Hawkless had a son with severe Epilepsy And heard that assist dogs were being used to help people in USA and England.
She visited Support Dogs in England and proceeded to look into starting something similar in New Zealand.
The process began in 2000 and by 2009 a Trust had been formed, funding applications organised and with the help of a dedicated Board and Chairperson Dr Elizabeth Walker (Neurologist) and trainer Leone Ward, we became the third country in the world to have such an organisation.
We have trainers throughout New Zealand who help us with placement and training of our dogs
Administrator / Board Member
Jan McEwen – Auckland
Leone Ward – Wanaka
Our Organisation -Trust Board Members
Mrs Andrea Hawkless – Founder
Doctor Elizabeth Walker – Chair
Dr Mary Valintine – Consultant Vet
Mr Stephen Stafford-Bush – Treasurer
Mr Michael Kyriak
Mr Frank Koszegi
Ms Jan McEwen