Specialist Laura DiBattista highlights a 'pet' project
that's as good for the dogs as the people who love them.
Normally, dogs aren't allowed anywhere near a hospital.
But in this case, they can't get enough of them.
Caring Canine, an organization that offers four-legged
companions to elderly people in nursing homes and long-term
care facilities, is looking for volunteers to help brighten up
the lives of its clients.
They’re currently on a
recruitment drive for a few good dogs.
Those who use
the program attest to its spirit rousing results.
love him and he is so gentle and so trusting,” said Yvonne
Cholmondeley, a Bendale Acres resident.
looks forward to the visits.
“I am the last of my
family,” she said.
Will Tso, whose dog Chestnut is
part of the program, finds involvement
“When I take him volunteering you can see
by the way they react that the residents are very happy and so
that brings joy to me as well,” he said.
well-behaved dog can become a Caring Canine. As the company’s
executive director Irene Fung explained, the criteria isn’t
“The dog should have no aggression,
like people and like interacting with strangers,” she said.
If that sounds like your best friend, check out the Caring
Canines website for more information on how to get
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graduating from Ryerson University, Laura joined
Citytv in 1983, initially in newsroom
operations. In 1985, she moved to the writing desk---editing
and scripting local/international stories for anchor
As is often the case at
Citytv, Laura was soon drafted for on-camera
work; first as a "CityPulse"
reporter; then in 1988, as anchor of "CityPulse
"CityPulse at Noon" in 1995 and took
over as anchor in 1997. She spent two years as host of
"CityLive at Five" in 1998 before
returning to "CityPulse at Noon."
Laura continues to report on a regular basis for
"CityPulse" as Health Specialist.
Radio/Television Arts program
Firefighters Golden Helmet Award for her coverage of the fire
at St. Paul's Church on Avenue
You'll always find Laura
with a book. Her other interests include: travel (as many
times as possible to Italy!), gardening and running. Laura
successfully juggles her family life (daughter & husband)
with the many demands of her busy