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We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
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63 Tupper St. West
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Alliston, ON  L9R 1E4
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On Dec 6th, 2018 Ted Barris, who spoke recently at the Rotary Club of Alliston about his book Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany received the RCAF NORAD Trophy. Here is Ted's note to the Club:
 
Hi Bill and all the hard-working members of the Rotary Club of Alliston..
 
I send this note with my gratitude and because it's never too late to remember Canadian heroes.
 
On Thursday, Dec. 6, at a short ceremony in front of Canada's only airworthy Lancaster bomber, at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, in Hamilton, Ont., L/Col. Dean Black awarded the RCAF NORAD Trophy to me for my work researching/writing Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany - the book published by Patrick Crean Editions (HarperCollins).
 
It was humbling and inspiring to see my book honoured this way. Even more important, the NORAD Trophy pays tribute to the 30 forgotten Canadians who flew this incredible mission 75 years ago this year. It's never too late to recount their stories, nor to remember their service and sacrifice. We will remember them.
 
Again, my sincere thanks for inviting me and for your support for the Dam Busters' stories. 

 
Best... Ted Barris.
 
With Ted's help the Rotary Club of Alliston raised $550 for the Alliston Legion Raise the Roof project...Thanks to all those who attended.
 
 

The award winners for the 2018 Rotary Club of Alliston Night Lit Santa Claus parade are:

  •  Connexus Community Church - Best Overall
  •  Alliston Pentecostal Church - Best Use of Traditional Theme
  •  JJ Towing & Recovery - Most Unique
  • Connexus Community Church - WOW Factor
 

Images from the Parade:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday night's gala was a huge success thanks to the wonderful work of the gala committee!  A huge thank you to:
Paul Foster, Joanne Waylen, Patricia Middlebrook, Janet Clayson, Colleen Kotnisz, Don Smith, Joan Hayward, Dave Green.  You all did a fantastic job and everyone who attended had a great time.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston and the Town of New Tecumseth celebrate End Polio Now Week in New Tecumseth, October 22-29, 2018.  As a symbol of the commitment to eradicate polio world-wide, a ceremony was held recently to read the proclamation and to raise the End Polio Now flag.
Polio is a virus that is transmitted through contact with human feces in contaminated food and water.  Tests are done to determine the level of the virus in water associated with sewage treatment plants, canals and sewers.  Immunization results when the virus is detected and when children show the early symptoms of the disease.

The Rotary Club of Rivne has made significant progress in towards the goals of the global grant.  

 

The 3D printing lab is up and running with hundred of piece of education equipment being produced.  The technical team is continually evaluating the products and introducing new innovations.

 What are they producing?  

 

 

Alphabet learning cube

Shape dominoes and boxes

Braille cube prototypes

Boxes of these items lined the walls in the lab ready for delivery to the schools.

 
Since visiting Rivne last September, the Rotary Clubs of Alliston and Rivne have been working hard to develop and now implement a global grant to help visually impaired people in Rivne.  The grant is complicated and has many parts but it can be simplified into two parts:
 
  1. Educatiom materials and support of education of blind and visually impaired students.
  2. Job creation for visually impaired adults.
Three hardy Rotarians, Dave Green, Bill Wray and Roger Hayward make up this years team.  We are in Rivne, Ukraine to audit the accomplishments of the global grant and talk with the Rivne Rotarians about their experience in implementing the grant and how they might move forward.
 
Day 1:  After a 4 hour drive we arrived in Rivne from Lviv.  
We were met by Ohla had lunch and were soon beginning our audit.  The first visit was to the Rivne Association of Blind facility. 
Alliston Community Gardens on Elizabeth St.
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston helped the Women’s Institute clear the Alliston Community Gardens this past Autumn in preparation for planting in 2018.
The raised boxes sit on Town of New Tecumseth property and any resident of Alliston can use the boxes to grow vegetables for their families. The town cuts the grass and provides water for the gardens.
The Women’s Institute built the 29 boxes 3 years ago. All of the boxes are being used this season with a waiting list of 50 people. The Women’s Institute have plans to have more boxes built for 2019 season. Thanks to all the Rotarians who helped with this hands on project and thanks to Kelly McCague for the suggestion of some type of Garden project.
 
Photo taken by Sue Leach
A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady joined 25,652 people in Toronto for the 2018 Rotary International Convention.  Here's a "snapshot" of the event:
For more information on the speakers and topics click HERE.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Sue Leach and Jack Van’t Spyker have been helping with the garden this growing season. Jack has provided many plants from his own greenhouse. The food produced from this garden is harvested twice a week for the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Alliston. In the months of July and August the participants from the Community Living Association of South Simcoe(CLASS) will be helping water, weed and harvest on Mondays at 9:30am for about 30-60 minutes. If you would like to help out with CLASS in the garden, please contact Sue Leach at 519-217-2873.
 
Images of the progress we've made:
St. John’s United Church Community Garden, Alliston
 
Jack Van’t Spyker with some Kale and Endive for transplanting.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston donated $700 to the Community Living Association of South Simcoe (CLASS).  The money will be used as a sponsorship for their golf tournament to raise funds for the purchase of a new group home in New Techumseth. Rotarian George Scott presented the cheque to Nancy De Luca, manager of the fund raising committee.  CLASS is still looking for Rotary friends and volunteers to assist with the tournament that is to be held on August 15th at the Nottawasaga Inn.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact George Scott at george@georgescott.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston provided a $2000 towards the purchase of new beds and mattresses for My Sister's Place. Pictured above from left to right are: Deborah Herrington (from My Sister's Place), Kelly McCague and John McFarland.
The Alliston Rotary Club welcomed and introduced our new Interact Club on June 11th at the Gibson Centre that was both informative and inspirational. 
Speaches were given by District 7070 Interact chair: Patti Wright, District 7070 assistant governor: Sam Veerasingham, as well as the Interact President: Amzy Syed.
Pictured in the bottom right-hand corner image (left to right):
Neil Phillips, District 7070 governor
Emily Hawkes, Interact Secretary
Irby Syed, Interact Treasurer
Amzy Syed, interact President
Thanusan Wijawickrama, Interact member
Tharsan Wijawickrama, Interact member
Patti Wright, District 7070 Interact chair
Sam Veerasingham, District 7070 assistant governor
We had great weather and a great turnout of volunteers to help with the highway clean up.  Thanks to Trillium Ford for letting us use their business as our base and the Town of New Tecumseth for picking up the many bags of garbage collected along Hwy 89.  Thank to all the volunteers. Job well done.
 
 

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world.

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

Here are some of our Interactors with the Alliston Rotary Club:

Alliston Rotary Club Interactor Executive:
Pictured are Treasurer Irbaaz Syed, President Amzy Sayed and Secretary Emily.  
 

Learn more about Interact

PROSPECTIVE ROTARIANS - CONVENTION DAY PASS
Alliston Rotary Club is offering 5 FREE PASSES to prospective members. Be the first to request your pass by sending your information to the email address below.
As of now, we have over 35,000 registered attendees, from 180 different countries or geographical areas! As comparison - this is twice as many as the last convention in Canada, held in Montréal in 2010. We could not be happier.

For Convention Information please visit www.riconvention.org/en and for full information of what Rotary is all about and how you can become a member and help in your community and around the World visit www.rotary.org/en or visit the website of our local Club in Alliston at www.rotary-alliston.org/en
Would you Like to be a Rotarian for a day?
If you are interested please email MEMBERSHIP CHAIR ALLISTON ROTARY CLUB leo.kleiss@rogers.com • www.rotary-alliston.org/en
The Rotary Club had enjoyed two meetings in the community in the last month. On March 5 the club enjoyed a visit and Tour at the Beatties Distillery and on March 19 the club met in Riverdale Park to tour the Adventure Playground and Splash Zone.  
 
Distillery Pictures:
 
 
more photos
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston has just been approved for a $65,500 US grant by The Rotary Foundation Canada and The Foundation of Rotary International for a project to focus on education and job creation in Ukraine.  
Last September Rotarians from Alliston visited The Rotary Club of Rivne, about a 3-hour drive from the border between Poland and Ukraine.  Rivne is a 3-hours’ drive west of the capital, Kiev.  Since Ukrainian independence from the USSR, little money has been available from the central government.
The first part of the program deals with helping blind school-aged children learn Braille.  The Rivne Rotarians have developed a unique cube that allows young children to learn the Ukrainian alphabet and numbers through Braille.  The school system is moving to an integrated program, accommodating all children with disabilities into regular classes, not unlike the Ontario model.
 
Children in Ukraine learning braille with the new cubes
 
All children of school age who are blind will receive their own Braille cube and their teachers will receive training on how to use the cube with their students. At the same time this is happening, a small recording studio is being set up to make audio CDs of Ukrainian books to be distributed to local libraries in Rivne Province.  Other teaching aids will also be made available to blind children as shown in the picture.
In Ukraine there is a blind association similar to our CNIB.  It is very poorly funded.  There is a residential facility in Rivne that has about 80 clients who are either blind or visually-impaired and have at least one other disability. These clients will benefit from the grant because of jobs that will be created.  This will be done through the purchase of a tissue paper cutting machine which will allow the clients to produce toilet rolls for sale to local distributors.  In addition, a small sewing facility on this site will be expanded by the purchase of new sewing machines, modernization of the sewing room, and a new embroidery machine for making simple uniforms with embroidered logos and names.  There is a large cottage textile industry operating in Ukraine so clients will be taught sewing skills that should allow them to get jobs in this industry.
At least 6 Rotarians will be returning to Rivne, Ukraine this coming September to audit the project and find other opportunities to work with Rivne Rotarians and support projects that they will identify.
Co-President Maureen presents a cheque to CONTACT staff, Emily Harrison, Executive Director and Jennifer Fleury, Housing Access Worker to support Housing First Program.  
 
Contact are also looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming Homeless Enumeration program in Simcoe County.
 

Let's give a warm Rotarian welcome to Shona Hume and George Scott!

Please join us on April 9th for the induction ceremonies and to meet our new members.

Location of the April 9th meeting to be determined , keep an eye on your email for details.

 

Sarasota Bay Rotary Club’s Home Stay 2018 District Governors-Elect
 
 
 
Roger and I have been busy this week (January 7- 13) co-hosting a visiting District Governor-Elect from Norway and his wife who are on their way to San Diego (January 13) for their Rotary International training, along with more than 500 other DGEs and their partners.
 
The home stay program is organized and sponsored by The Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay and this year’s home stay program is the 44th. It is an opportunity for visiting DGEs to experience life in southern Florida while staying with Rotary families for the week. They have participated in several receptions and Rotary Club meetings as well as a number of cultural and environmental events. They have visited the Ringling Museum of Art, the Southwest Florida Museum, Planetarium, and Aquarium, and Myakka River State Park.
 
The photos show: the official photo of the DGEs, their spouses, and their host families; Roger and me with Susie, their co-host, and their Norwegian guests Rune and Grethe; and a whole group including another host couple with their DGE guests from Turkey all at dinner in a local Italian restaurant.
 
We have enjoyed our time with so many other Rotarians during this program.
Here's a lovely Thank You letter from Sweet Charity to the Rotary Club of Alliston for their contribution to their Diabetes Support Dog program. Below is  a tidbit of information on what the program is, and how greatly it impacts the children taking part.
 

What is a Diabetes Support Dog or DSD?

A Diabetes Support Dog is a dog trained to provide emotional support and companionship to children and youth with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These dogs will accompany their Friend for Life to medical appointments and hospital visits in order to provide the child/youth with a distraction from procedures, and help to mitigate their feelings of anger, frustration, and alienation. Diabetes Support Dogs provide unconditional love and create a sense of purpose while promoting attention to self-care and responsibility to care for their Friend for Life.
 
 
Local Rotary News
On Dec 6th, 2018 Ted Barris, who spoke recently at the Rotary Club of Alliston about his book Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany received the RCAF NORAD Trophy. Here is Ted's note to the Club:
 
Hi Bill and all the hard-working members of the Rotary Club of Alliston..
 
I send this note with my gratitude and because it's never too late to remember Canadian heroes.
 
On Thursday, Dec. 6, at a short ceremony in front of Canada's only airworthy Lancaster bomber, at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, in Hamilton, Ont., L/Col. Dean Black awarded the RCAF NORAD Trophy to me for my work researching/writing Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany - the book published by Patrick Crean Editions (HarperCollins).
 
It was humbling and inspiring to see my book honoured this way. Even more important, the NORAD Trophy pays tribute to the 30 forgotten Canadians who flew this incredible mission 75 years ago this year. It's never too late to recount their stories, nor to remember their service and sacrifice. We will remember them.
 
Again, my sincere thanks for inviting me and for your support for the Dam Busters' stories. 

 
Best... Ted Barris.
 
With Ted's help the Rotary Club of Alliston raised $550 for the Alliston Legion Raise the Roof project...Thanks to all those who attended.
 
 

The award winners for the 2018 Rotary Club of Alliston Night Lit Santa Claus parade are:

  •  Connexus Community Church - Best Overall
  •  Alliston Pentecostal Church - Best Use of Traditional Theme
  •  JJ Towing & Recovery - Most Unique
  • Connexus Community Church - WOW Factor
 

Images from the Parade:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday night's gala was a huge success thanks to the wonderful work of the gala committee!  A huge thank you to:
Paul Foster, Joanne Waylen, Patricia Middlebrook, Janet Clayson, Colleen Kotnisz, Don Smith, Joan Hayward, Dave Green.  You all did a fantastic job and everyone who attended had a great time.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston and the Town of New Tecumseth celebrate End Polio Now Week in New Tecumseth, October 22-29, 2018.  As a symbol of the commitment to eradicate polio world-wide, a ceremony was held recently to read the proclamation and to raise the End Polio Now flag.
Polio is a virus that is transmitted through contact with human feces in contaminated food and water.  Tests are done to determine the level of the virus in water associated with sewage treatment plants, canals and sewers.  Immunization results when the virus is detected and when children show the early symptoms of the disease.

The Rotary Club of Rivne has made significant progress in towards the goals of the global grant.  

 

The 3D printing lab is up and running with hundred of piece of education equipment being produced.  The technical team is continually evaluating the products and introducing new innovations.

 What are they producing?  

 

 

Alphabet learning cube

Shape dominoes and boxes

Braille cube prototypes

Boxes of these items lined the walls in the lab ready for delivery to the schools.

 
Since visiting Rivne last September, the Rotary Clubs of Alliston and Rivne have been working hard to develop and now implement a global grant to help visually impaired people in Rivne.  The grant is complicated and has many parts but it can be simplified into two parts:
 
  1. Educatiom materials and support of education of blind and visually impaired students.
  2. Job creation for visually impaired adults.
Three hardy Rotarians, Dave Green, Bill Wray and Roger Hayward make up this years team.  We are in Rivne, Ukraine to audit the accomplishments of the global grant and talk with the Rivne Rotarians about their experience in implementing the grant and how they might move forward.
 
Day 1:  After a 4 hour drive we arrived in Rivne from Lviv.  
We were met by Ohla had lunch and were soon beginning our audit.  The first visit was to the Rivne Association of Blind facility. 
Alliston Community Gardens on Elizabeth St.
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston helped the Women’s Institute clear the Alliston Community Gardens this past Autumn in preparation for planting in 2018.
The raised boxes sit on Town of New Tecumseth property and any resident of Alliston can use the boxes to grow vegetables for their families. The town cuts the grass and provides water for the gardens.
The Women’s Institute built the 29 boxes 3 years ago. All of the boxes are being used this season with a waiting list of 50 people. The Women’s Institute have plans to have more boxes built for 2019 season. Thanks to all the Rotarians who helped with this hands on project and thanks to Kelly McCague for the suggestion of some type of Garden project.
 
Photo taken by Sue Leach
A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady joined 25,652 people in Toronto for the 2018 Rotary International Convention.  Here's a "snapshot" of the event:
For more information on the speakers and topics click HERE.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Sue Leach and Jack Van’t Spyker have been helping with the garden this growing season. Jack has provided many plants from his own greenhouse. The food produced from this garden is harvested twice a week for the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Alliston. In the months of July and August the participants from the Community Living Association of South Simcoe(CLASS) will be helping water, weed and harvest on Mondays at 9:30am for about 30-60 minutes. If you would like to help out with CLASS in the garden, please contact Sue Leach at 519-217-2873.
 
Images of the progress we've made:
St. John’s United Church Community Garden, Alliston
 
Jack Van’t Spyker with some Kale and Endive for transplanting.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston donated $700 to the Community Living Association of South Simcoe (CLASS).  The money will be used as a sponsorship for their golf tournament to raise funds for the purchase of a new group home in New Techumseth. Rotarian George Scott presented the cheque to Nancy De Luca, manager of the fund raising committee.  CLASS is still looking for Rotary friends and volunteers to assist with the tournament that is to be held on August 15th at the Nottawasaga Inn.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact George Scott at george@georgescott.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston provided a $2000 towards the purchase of new beds and mattresses for My Sister's Place. Pictured above from left to right are: Deborah Herrington (from My Sister's Place), Kelly McCague and John McFarland.
The Alliston Rotary Club welcomed and introduced our new Interact Club on June 11th at the Gibson Centre that was both informative and inspirational. 
Speaches were given by District 7070 Interact chair: Patti Wright, District 7070 assistant governor: Sam Veerasingham, as well as the Interact President: Amzy Syed.
Pictured in the bottom right-hand corner image (left to right):
Neil Phillips, District 7070 governor
Emily Hawkes, Interact Secretary
Irby Syed, Interact Treasurer
Amzy Syed, interact President
Thanusan Wijawickrama, Interact member
Tharsan Wijawickrama, Interact member
Patti Wright, District 7070 Interact chair
Sam Veerasingham, District 7070 assistant governor
We had great weather and a great turnout of volunteers to help with the highway clean up.  Thanks to Trillium Ford for letting us use their business as our base and the Town of New Tecumseth for picking up the many bags of garbage collected along Hwy 89.  Thank to all the volunteers. Job well done.
 
 

Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world.

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

Here are some of our Interactors with the Alliston Rotary Club:

Alliston Rotary Club Interactor Executive:
Pictured are Treasurer Irbaaz Syed, President Amzy Sayed and Secretary Emily.  
 

Learn more about Interact

PROSPECTIVE ROTARIANS - CONVENTION DAY PASS
Alliston Rotary Club is offering 5 FREE PASSES to prospective members. Be the first to request your pass by sending your information to the email address below.
As of now, we have over 35,000 registered attendees, from 180 different countries or geographical areas! As comparison - this is twice as many as the last convention in Canada, held in Montréal in 2010. We could not be happier.

For Convention Information please visit www.riconvention.org/en and for full information of what Rotary is all about and how you can become a member and help in your community and around the World visit www.rotary.org/en or visit the website of our local Club in Alliston at www.rotary-alliston.org/en
Would you Like to be a Rotarian for a day?
If you are interested please email MEMBERSHIP CHAIR ALLISTON ROTARY CLUB leo.kleiss@rogers.com • www.rotary-alliston.org/en
The Rotary Club had enjoyed two meetings in the community in the last month. On March 5 the club enjoyed a visit and Tour at the Beatties Distillery and on March 19 the club met in Riverdale Park to tour the Adventure Playground and Splash Zone.  
 
Distillery Pictures:
 
 
more photos
 
The Rotary Club of Alliston has just been approved for a $65,500 US grant by The Rotary Foundation Canada and The Foundation of Rotary International for a project to focus on education and job creation in Ukraine.  
Last September Rotarians from Alliston visited The Rotary Club of Rivne, about a 3-hour drive from the border between Poland and Ukraine.  Rivne is a 3-hours’ drive west of the capital, Kiev.  Since Ukrainian independence from the USSR, little money has been available from the central government.
The first part of the program deals with helping blind school-aged children learn Braille.  The Rivne Rotarians have developed a unique cube that allows young children to learn the Ukrainian alphabet and numbers through Braille.  The school system is moving to an integrated program, accommodating all children with disabilities into regular classes, not unlike the Ontario model.
 
Children in Ukraine learning braille with the new cubes
 
All children of school age who are blind will receive their own Braille cube and their teachers will receive training on how to use the cube with their students. At the same time this is happening, a small recording studio is being set up to make audio CDs of Ukrainian books to be distributed to local libraries in Rivne Province.  Other teaching aids will also be made available to blind children as shown in the picture.
In Ukraine there is a blind association similar to our CNIB.  It is very poorly funded.  There is a residential facility in Rivne that has about 80 clients who are either blind or visually-impaired and have at least one other disability. These clients will benefit from the grant because of jobs that will be created.  This will be done through the purchase of a tissue paper cutting machine which will allow the clients to produce toilet rolls for sale to local distributors.  In addition, a small sewing facility on this site will be expanded by the purchase of new sewing machines, modernization of the sewing room, and a new embroidery machine for making simple uniforms with embroidered logos and names.  There is a large cottage textile industry operating in Ukraine so clients will be taught sewing skills that should allow them to get jobs in this industry.
At least 6 Rotarians will be returning to Rivne, Ukraine this coming September to audit the project and find other opportunities to work with Rivne Rotarians and support projects that they will identify.
Co-President Maureen presents a cheque to CONTACT staff, Emily Harrison, Executive Director and Jennifer Fleury, Housing Access Worker to support Housing First Program.  
 
Contact are also looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming Homeless Enumeration program in Simcoe County.
 

Let's give a warm Rotarian welcome to Shona Hume and George Scott!

Please join us on April 9th for the induction ceremonies and to meet our new members.

Location of the April 9th meeting to be determined , keep an eye on your email for details.

 

Sarasota Bay Rotary Club’s Home Stay 2018 District Governors-Elect
 
 
 
Roger and I have been busy this week (January 7- 13) co-hosting a visiting District Governor-Elect from Norway and his wife who are on their way to San Diego (January 13) for their Rotary International training, along with more than 500 other DGEs and their partners.
 
The home stay program is organized and sponsored by The Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay and this year’s home stay program is the 44th. It is an opportunity for visiting DGEs to experience life in southern Florida while staying with Rotary families for the week. They have participated in several receptions and Rotary Club meetings as well as a number of cultural and environmental events. They have visited the Ringling Museum of Art, the Southwest Florida Museum, Planetarium, and Aquarium, and Myakka River State Park.
 
The photos show: the official photo of the DGEs, their spouses, and their host families; Roger and me with Susie, their co-host, and their Norwegian guests Rune and Grethe; and a whole group including another host couple with their DGE guests from Turkey all at dinner in a local Italian restaurant.
 
We have enjoyed our time with so many other Rotarians during this program.
Here's a lovely Thank You letter from Sweet Charity to the Rotary Club of Alliston for their contribution to their Diabetes Support Dog program. Below is  a tidbit of information on what the program is, and how greatly it impacts the children taking part.
 

What is a Diabetes Support Dog or DSD?

A Diabetes Support Dog is a dog trained to provide emotional support and companionship to children and youth with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These dogs will accompany their Friend for Life to medical appointments and hospital visits in order to provide the child/youth with a distraction from procedures, and help to mitigate their feelings of anger, frustration, and alienation. Diabetes Support Dogs provide unconditional love and create a sense of purpose while promoting attention to self-care and responsibility to care for their Friend for Life.