International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

October 28, 2005 16:01 ET

IFAW recognizes Alberta resident

with prestigious Animal Action Award Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 28, 2005) - Local resident Celina Dawdy was among 10 distinguished Canadians honoured this week at the 2005 IFAW Animal Action Awards.

At nine years old, Celina set herself a lofty goal to purchase bulletproof vests for all the remaining unvested RCMP police dogs in the province of Alberta. It may have seemed unlikely that such a big dream for such a young person would easily be reached, especially as each vest cost $1,200 each. However, through active fund raising and public awareness, Celina raised nearly $10,000 in just 14 months.

In May 2005, the last of the 8 RCMP dogs in the province received their vests. Celina says that although all of Alberta's RCMP dogs are safe there are others in the country that aren't. As long as she continues to raise money and receive donations, she will keep outfitting all of Canada's RCMP dogs with protective bulletproof vests.

Other 2005 award recipients were the Minister of Environment, Stéphane Dion, and Mr. Bob Mills, MP for Red Deer Alberta, who were recognized for their dedication to protecting Canada's seabirds through leadership on Bill C-15, as well as popular media figure Vicki Gabereau for her ongoing commitment to companion animals. Other winners were from British Columbia, New Brunswick, the Yukon, Ontario and Quebec.

IFAW's Animal Action Awards are part of IFAW's Animal Action Week, an annual event that celebrates people around the world who play a valuable role in saving and protecting animals.

"The Animal Action Awards are IFAW's chance to acknowledge and celebrate those special individuals who do outstanding work for animals," said Barb Cartwright, IFAW's Animal Action Week Coordinator. "Every year we receive hundreds of nominations from people and organizations across the country."

"Celina is an exceptional young person. She saw a need and understood the important role that police dogs play in our society! It is an honour to recognize her with this award," said Cartwright.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well being of both animals and people around the world. IFAW is dedicated to reducing commercial exploitation of wildlife, protecting habitats and assisting animals in distress.
/For further information: Contact: Barbara Cartwright (IFAW) Tel: 1 (613) 241-8996; Email: IN: ENVIRONMENT

Contact Information

  • Barbara Cartwright, IFAW's Animal Action Week Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 613-241-8996
    Toll-Free: 888-500-4329