Jerry Ford

Jerry Ford is a retired chartered accountant who has been advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities for almost 30 years and has had extensive involvement in the not-for-profit sector throughout his career. His accomplishments include being a founding member of Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario http://www.cwdo.org/ and Art de Triomphe www.artdetriomphe.org. As his disability progressed he became increasingly dependent on the assistance of others to enable him to live fully, then a friend suggested a service dog might be a good option for him. He applied to the Lions Foundation of Canada and, in October 2009, he went to Oakville to be trained as a dog handler. There he was introduced to Lilo, a yellow lab/golden retriever cross. Jerry remains very active with the capable assistance of Lilo, the incredibly talented Special Skills Dog provided by the Lions Foundation. Jerry, his artist wife Christine and Lilo live in Cobourg - email jford@eagle.ca