The Petaluma Woman’s Club (PWC) announces its new Speakers Series:
“Conversations with Women Leaders in Our Community”
Hear about the achievements and insights from women leaders in our community, and plan to attend each event in the series…
All PWC events through the month of April have officially been cancelled and/or postponed. We will keep you informed of these future events as the date draws nearer.
Next up in
“Conversations with Women Leaders in our Community”
is Dr. Bonnie Bergin.
Please join us Tuesday, July 28th at 5:30 PM $15
Put this event on your calendars and pick up your tickets now!
Ticket prices include speaker event and refreshments.
Dr. Bonnie Bergin
Founder, Canine Companions for Independence, American Canine researcher, Bergin University of Canine Studies Petaluma, CA • www.santarosa.edu
Dr. Bonnie Bergin originated the service dog concept. She founded the world’s first service dog agency 25 years ago where she has devoted her life to her work, training service dogs for disable people.
In 1991, Dr. Bergin started the Assistance Dog Institute so that further research could be done. Her goal was to produce a better service dog. Two years later she began an innovative program called the High-Schooled Assistance Dog Program. Her idea was to show at-risk teenagers how to train the service dogs. This, to her, was a win-win situation because she could serve two distinct groups at one time. Today there are 10 such programs operating around the country due to Dr. Bergin’s efforts in Rohnert Park.
The High School Assistance Dog Program pairs troubled teens who are incarcerated or in a group homes – often on probation – with a golden retriever. They have daily sessions in the instruction of service dog commands. These are children who have committed crimes against the community, but they are now giving back to their community by training service dogs for disabled people. The teens gain self-esteem, communication skills, and anger management, as well as the unconditional love of their dog. The disabled person gets much needed help for their independence, as well as a new friend.
Dr. Bergin provides the children with job references, consults with a psychiatrist on the best ways to work with them, and provides many other opportunities for these children who generally come from troubled families.
The mission of the agency she founded is “Helping Dogs Help People,” and Dr. Bergin does this in many ways. With her help, the at-risk teens learn about helping others, too.
We had amazing evenings with our first conversation speaker Maria Stipp, CEO of Lagunitas Brewing Company, and our second conversation with Dr. Jane Saldaña-Talley and Dr. Catherine Williams, both of Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus.
These events were a SELL-OUT! – so make sure to buy your tickets for coming events, soon. Public (including men) welcome!
Other speakers in the series. Add these dates to your calendars!
Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 5:30 – 6:30 pm $15