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Lynda and Dennis

Golden Angels Dennis & Lynda Norsworthy

Dennis is a treasured supporter of GR and an integral member and the assistant transport coordinator of the transportation team. Dennis grew up in Ancaster, graduated from McMaster, and married Lynda 40 years ago. He lived for many years in Prince George and Winnipeg but eventually moved back to Ancaster. Dennis retired in 1994 from John Deere’s Construction and Forestry Division. In 1998, Lynda discovered Golden Rescue when their Golden Daisy was seven years old.…

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Erin with Buster

Golden Angels Erin Courtney

Erin heard about Golden Rescue from a friend. She loves her family’s Golden, Buster, so she decided to see if there was something she could do to help other Goldens. Her first foray into volunteering was during an LCBO Tag Day. After that, she attended the GR picnic where she met board member Candace Weel. Candace recruited Erin to help the events team and she initially set up a Pet Valu appreciation day and continued her involvement with LCBO Tag Days.…

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Eric with Hurley, Jitterbug, and Benji

Golden Angels Eric Wright

You are one cool dude, man ~ serving on the Board of Directors for xxx years (is that like 35 in dog years?) and playing a vital role as the Co-Director of the Events team. We’re sure gonna miss you around here. So what does the Co-Director of Events do you ask? Well, our Eric had four paws…er, two feet on the ground at all of Golden Rescue’s events – all of ‘em.…

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Julie with Tucker

Golden Angels Julie Marriot

Julie is GR’s transportation team leader. This is big job as almost everything we do requires transportation. Picking up dogs…delivering dogs…and some of these transports come from heartbreaking situations. Transport is a constant GR requirement and since Julie initiated this critical role, the GR wheels run very smoothly. Julie has built a database of drivers and this, coupled with her can-do attitude, makes transport an invaluable asset for our intake team.…

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John Doucette with Scarlett #1836 and Hughie #2047

Golden Angels John Doucette

John is a GR adopter and a Wishbone Lottery superstar. When he was asked if he would help by selling some tickets, he was reluctant to ask friends for money until he thought about his two rescues, Scarlett #1836 and Hughie #2047, and realized what a good cause this was. So armed with his passion, John utilized his extensive email database and was flabbergasted when the money started rolling in from his friends, who were obviously dog lovers as well.…

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Janice Campbell with Lily

Golden Angels Janice Campbell

Janice has been volunteering with GR for three years. If one talks about ‘wearing many hats’, Janice wears several. An active hotline team member, she loves talking on the phone about Goldens and GR. Her help certainly doesn’t stop there as Janice does home visits, helps organize LCBO Tag Days and Pet Value Days, and works as a Volunteer Coordinator on the Pickering Markets event. She has also volunteered at the picnic but perhaps her greatest love is working on the transport team, including subbing for our team lead Julie in her absence.…

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Kelly and David with daughters, Sydney and Emma with Blondie #2079

Golden Angels Kelly Gill

Kelly and her family have been long term animal lovers and contributors to animal welfare causes. Like many of us, Kelly and her family know the pain of loss. When they adopted their beautiful Golden girl, Blondie #2079, she helped fill the hole in their hearts and home when they lost Mia, their first Golden. Blondie also gave them their introduction to Golden Rescue. With Kelly and David’s twin daughters getting older, the family thought it was time to get actively involved in rescue as the girls were old enough to help and to understand the importance of rescue.…

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Kevin with Sophie

Golden Angels Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin, a great GR advocate and supporter, lost his first Golden to cancer in 2013. Friends told him about GR and he submitted an adoption application, which resulted in Kevin adopting Gubs #1849. Unfortunately, two years later, Gubs crossed the Rainbow Bridge leaving Kevin devastated. Undaunted, Kevin got back on the horse and adopted Istanbul darling Sophie Tucker #2263. Kevin was one of original team that drove to JFK to meet and bring home the Goldens from our inaugural Istanbul flight.…

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