Changing of seasons at Open Door 

By Jessica Hutton, Camrose Canadian Contributor

Open Door's support dog Moose is excited to finally get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Stop by and give him a tummy rub. Supplied 

Open Door's support dog Moose is excited to finally get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Stop by and give him a tummy rub. Supplied 

Spring has finally arrived!  


The good weather means that Moose (our support dog) is spending more time outside chasing his toys and playing with those he supports. He’s discovered he loves playing basketball, soccer, tennis, well just anything in which he can chase a ball! Have you met Moose yet? He spends his days working at the office with us, and his nights and weekends hanging out with the youth and young adults using the emergency or transitional shelter. Come by our office during the week to give him a little snuggle. He’s always so happy for an opportunity to show off his tummy for some belly scratches. Moose’s gentle nature and ability to provide quiet support make him a first line responder in our work. Did you know that petting a dog can lower your blood pressure and lower stress hormones? They can also lower anxiety and elevate feelings of calmness. This is certainly invaluable in the work we do. The stress buffering effects Moose has on the individuals we support as well as our team are invaluable to The Open Door team.  

With the arrival of spring also comes our annual golf tournament on May 26 at the Camrose Golf Course. This tournament has sold out five years in a row. In 2017 the golf tournament raised more than $25,000 with the proceeds going to support the youth we work with in this community. As a charitable organization, Camrose Open Door Association relies greatly on fundraising and donations to provide the significant programming that is available to youth here in Camrose. The Open Door Golf Tournament is a fun way to support the work we do while having a great time. This year there will be numerous hole-in-one opportunities including a million dollar hole-in-one, great food, and fun games. If you or your business wants to participate in the golf tournament or provide sponsorship, please contact us at The Open Door for more information. 

With the warming temperatures we can think about summer. The Camrose Open Door Association is excited to announce that they will be hosting numerous free summer activities including a Summertime Fun Time sports drop-in sponsored by Canadian Tire Jumpstart for kids between the ages of 10 and 18. Kids are welcome to stop in and play basketball, soccer, badminton or lawn games, have a snack and some fun, all for free. The Open Door will also be hosting other fun events throughout the summer including free yoga for youth, crafting and games, and Friday morning walks with Moose. So come on out and check out our Summertime Fun Time! For more information about the free events this summer and to view the calendar of events, please see our website or our Facebook page.  


Jessica Hutton is the Executive Director for Camrose Open Door Association. For more stories and information check out our website. or find us on Facebook.  


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