Jody Wilson
  • Jody Wilson General Manager
    Jody Wilson General Manager

    Jody Wilson

    General Manager

    I have a long held interest in disability issues and I have framed my academic work (Biological/Social Anthropology and Social Science for Public Health) to explore many aspects of disability.  I was also incorporating aspects of incarceration and prison systems into my study. It seems like a natural extension to be working for Mobility Dogs - bringing together both my interest in disability, on a theoretical level and now, working with people whose reality is the lived experience of disability.

    The Puppies in Prisons programme at Wiri and Spring Hill is another aspect of Mobility Dogs that I find particularly interesting and challenging. For the Trust it is about getting more dogs out into the community, but it is more than that, we are giving the prisoners the chance to serve the very community they have offended against.

     

     

  • Magda Smolira Operations Coordinator
    Magda Smolira Operations Coordinator

    Magda Smolira

    Operations Coordinator

    My first love is ethology – an objective study of animal behaviour in their natural environment. I spent four years working as a kennel assistant at MAF Detector Dog Programme creating an environment for the dogs protecting our borders.

    Pursuing a better work-life balance, six years ago I started working part time as a home support worker assisting people with spinal cord injury and various neurological disorders. In my role as Operations Coordinator I am able to marry both worlds – my passion for helping people and ensuring that working dogs have an optimal environment to do their job effectively. When I am not working I am usually gardening in a company of retired detector dog and two hens.
     

  • Corinna Cooper Canine Programme Assistant
    Corinna Cooper Canine Programme Assistant

    Corinna Cooper

    Canine Programme Assistant

    I started my career working with animals in 1999. Initially as a Vet Nurse and Zookeeper. In 2004, I started to work solely with dogs as a detector dog handler at our borders, searching for risk goods at the mail centre, international airport and NZ sea ports.

    This year I was given the opportunity to work with Mobility Dogs, bringing together my love for dogs and people.

    I feel privileged to work for the Trust and all those involved in making a positive difference in people’s lives.

    My role involves co-ordinating and supporting our puppy raisers, managing vet visits and supporting the training team.

  • Sue Morse Development Manager
    Sue Morse Development Manager

    Sue Morse

    Development Manager

    My interest in Mobility Dogs came about in my last role as Head of Fundraising at King’s College where a Mobility Dog was partnered with one of the students. I was fortunate enough to view first-hand what a difference a Mobility Dog can make to someone with a disability and also the impact that it has on the wider community. When an opportunity to work for Mobility Dogs came up, I knew that this was something I was extremely passionate about.

    My career has always been in the sales arena and 6 years ago I transitioned from corporate to the not for profit sector. I have held various fundraising positions for organisations like St John, Barnardos and Ronald McDonald House. In my role at Mobility Dogs, I work on funding applications as well and general fundraising activities.

  • Dallas Rewi Accountant
    Dallas Rewi Accountant

    Dallas Rewi

    Accountant

    I have been a member of the Mobility Dogs team for the past five years, working as their accountant and volunteering as a puppy raiser.  In addition to my ongoing work as a Chartered Accountant, I am also a qualified Physiotherapist and have been fortunate enough to undertake some research to identify an outcome measure for implementation by the Trust.  I am very passionate about the Trust’s work and look forward to supporting them well into the future.

  • Natalie Ramm Senior Trainer and Puppies in Prison Coordinator
    Natalie Ramm Senior Trainer and Puppies in Prison Coordinator

    Natalie Ramm

    Senior Trainer and Puppies in Prison Coordinator

    My passion for Mobility Dogs was sparked by an Oprah Winfrey show a decade ago. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join Mobility Dogs during it's conception stage as a volunteer trainer. A decade later I am employed by Mobility Dogs and continue to relish the challenges and triumphs of working s a member of the canine team. When I am not at our training facility I am often working with handlers in our Puppies in Prison program or out on the road placing dogs with our clients. During my down time I can often be found out with my pet dogs, mountain biking or hiking accept when the urge to DIY takes hold then out come the tools with keen eyes watching to make sure it is done correctly.

  • Judy & Grant Reid Southern Lakes District Coordinator
    Judy & Grant Reid Southern Lakes District Coordinator

    Judy & Grant Reid

    Southern Lakes District Coordinator

    Judy & Grant Reid - Puppy Development Liaison

    Judy and Grant Reid are our Southern Lakes District puppy raisers and leaders.  They hail from Colorado where Judy taught English, grades 7 through college level, and Grant taught landscape architecture on the college level and had his own landscape design business.  When they retired from teaching seven years ago, they decided to make New Zealand their home, as they had made frequent visits to the Otago region through the years and knew this was where they wanted to spend their retirement years.  Grant is a Kiwi having been born and raised in Dunedin, and Judy, a Yank, grew up in the State of Nebraska. 

    Judy and Grant got involved with service dog raising/training in the States when they applied to raise a guide dog puppy in 2001.  Five dogs followed.  When they came to New Zealand, wanting to continue to work with service dogs, they went on line and found the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust.  In 2007 after making contact with the trust, submitting application and interviewing in Auckland, the Reids raised their first Mobility Dog puppy, Emmit, and by 2014 they were raising their sixth Mobility Dog puppy, Lyric.  Fleur, the SLD Ambassadog, also lives with the Reids and participates in all puppy events and outings taking her role seriously.  

    In 2012 Grant completed the Service Dog Instructor Certification at the Bergin University of Canine Studies.  Grant does the puppy training, and Judy coordinates speaking engagements, organises public relations events and has puppy cuddle duty.  Grant's other involvements include: conducting the monthly puppy meetings, training existing and new puppy raisers and placing fully -trained dogs with disabled clients.

    Working with the dedicated individuals within the Trust, plus raising and training these gorgeous dogs have been highlights of the Reids' time here in New Zealand.

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Jody Wilson

General Manager

I have a long held interest in disability issues and I have framed my academic work (Biological/Social Anthropology and Social Science for Public Health) to explore many aspects of disability.  I was also incorporating aspects of incarceration and prison systems into my study. It seems like a natural extension to be working for Mobility Dogs - bringing together both my interest in disability, on a theoretical level and now, working with people whose reality is the lived experience of disability.

The Puppies in Prisons programme at Wiri and Spring Hill is another aspect of Mobility Dogs that I find particularly interesting and challenging. For the Trust it is about getting more dogs out into the community, but it is more than that, we are giving the prisoners the chance to serve the very community they have offended against.

 

 

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