Joint Declaration for Future Directions
Uniting and Engaging People to Co-Create our Collective Desired Future.
Sector Innovators are professional service providers, groups, organizations, and/or communities of practice that are committed to those they serve using quality management principles.
Sector innovators recognize that a united industry will improve communications among industry professionals, consumers, and other stakeholders that establish best practices and a consistent level of quality, safety, and satisfaction of those served.
Sector Innovators help people and animals to improve the quality of their lives, relationships, and communities.
"The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.”
Leonard Sweet, theologian, author, and futurist
Unity in Diversity an Exceptional Industry
Working Together to be recognized by the health-care, social services, and justice sectors.
Registered charities, non-profits, and other pactitioners that provide animal assisted support services have a number of things in common.
*They serve Canadians of all ages with visible and invisible disabilities and seniors.
*Service providers inspire and ensure a consistent level of quality, safety, and satisfaction.
*In every case the animal becomes the channel represented in treatment and/or utilized for assistance.
*The Human-Animal Bond is the catalyst that enriches quality of life by fostering inclusiveness and unconditional love.
*Sustainability challenges are mutual and cannot be resolved by one person or by one group alone.
What is sector development?
• improving the industry’s public image; (education & awareness)
• single point of entry to access and share information; (the global gateway)
• collaborate to avoid duplication, while identifying and addressing gaps
• raising awareness in career paths and volunteer opportunities working with animals;
• developing recruitment strategies;
• facilitating the retention of skilled labour;
• encouraging skills development and training;
• setting occupational standards for practitioners and volunteers and working with government stakeholders to develop inclusive strategies that mitigate the impact of Employment Insurance;
• increased communications and awareness would focus on human resource, labour, and employment concerns
Short and Long-Term Benefits of Developing a Sector of Excellence
*Job creation and Volunteer Management Resources
*Better visibility as a result of becoming interconnected
*Prevent fragmentation and duplication
*Prevent exclusion and isolation among practitioners
*Greater accessibility of services
*Share resources and tools
*Co-create a single point of entry to access, share, and disseminate information
*Learn from and support one another through communities of practice
*Build trust, synergy, and new partnerships, by reaching out to a broader community
*Engage in multidisciplinary approaches to identify and address common goals
Improving Health! Quality of Life! Autonomy!
Animal Assisted Support Services are partnerships between people and animals that improve physical, emotional, and social well-being.
From a Maze to Amazing!
In order to improve the health, quality of life, and autonomy of persons with disabilities through animal assisted therapies, treatments, and services it is crictical that we unite the stakeholders to build and sustain a transparent and professional inudstry to ensure a consistent level of quality, safety, and satisfaction of those served.
Since 1998 there has been a growing interest in and need for trade shows, webinars, seminiars, evolving communities of practice, registries, national/provincial member based organizations, knowlege transfer, membership among like-minded groups, clearly articulated best practices, public relations, marketing, branding, stakeholder engagement, and the list goes on. Co-creating our desired future means working together for success and this caring community is pulling together to do just that for the sake of those they serve and for the welfare of the animals entrusted to their care.
There are many ways you can help to ensure the physical, emotional, and social well-being of others to learn more please visit our Circle of Support page and You Can Help links in the left column of our website, for more information.