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I am very excited about representing Region Five. I’d like to tell you a little about my background in EAA&T and why I wanted to volunteer as a Region Rep for PATH Intl.
I have been blessed to be able to work in the EAA&T industry for over 17 yrs. at four centers in Massachusetts and Tennessee. During this time, I have had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of centers, both the very large (500 participants a yr.) and very small (founding member of a small start-up). So, I have experienced the struggles and benefits of both. Not surprisingly, they are the same! I have had the opportunity to work in many of the activities and therapies that PATH offers. And, I’ve also assisted programs in different staff positions from program director to equine manager and volunteer coordinator to lead instructor. Unlike many, I was very fortunate in that I didn’t have to wear these “hats” all at the same time! Boy, do I respect those of you who do!
All of my experiences have fueled my passion for our industry and my desire to support all of you who work so hard to make the powerful benefit of interactions with horses available to those with special needs.
If you are a PATH International member, you have access to the huge collective knowledge and experience of the whole membership. I have found that the same people who work so hard for other with special needs are just as supportive of each other. This is an incredible resource, once you understand how to easily tap into it.
Step One: Check your membership profile and make sure your correct e-mail is shown, so that you receive the info you need.
Step Two: Contact your state chair. These folks know resources right in your state and want to help.
Step Three: Join the Community Connections and list-serves that best fit your situation (administrators, instructors, EFP, driving …)
Please know that others have gone before you and are willing to share with you. So, whether you need job descriptions for board members, creative ways to get volunteers, lesson plan ideas, things to consider when drawing up a contract for therapists, or help with creating effective equine training programs, other can help. I’d love to help you get the resources and support you need. So, please let me know what you and/or your center need and I’ll do my best to help you get it.
Saddle Up! Franklin, TN.
PATH Intl. Region 5 Representative
PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor
Equine Specialist in M. H. & L.
Windrush Farm | Program Development|
Equine Facilitated Learning and Veterans Programs
30 Brookview Road | Boxford, MA 01921
The 2013 PATH Intl. Conference will be November 6-9, 2013, at the Caribe Royale. Click here for information on how to help on one of the many committees.
As most of you know, each state in Region 5 takes turns providing the Region Conference. This year, because we are hosting the 2013 PATH Intl. Conference (in Orlando), we do not have a region conference.
Looking forward to 2014, I am very excited to announce that the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. will be hosting our 2014 Region Conference the weekend of August 8th - 10th. MTSU offers an undergraduate class in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, has a post grad Equine Science Program, a Veterans EFL Pilot Program, and hosts many equine related events.
MTSU is excited to partner with PATH and wants to discuss the possibility of a pre-conference on EAA&T in Higher Education!
So grab your 2014 calendar and save the date!