The FBI Portland Division held a Diversity Awareness Day on June 12. GDB alumnus Mark Francis and Puppy Raiser Kent Ellard represented GDB and spoke about the different aspects of our organization from puppy raising to coming to campus to train with a Guide Dog.
“I really like the fact that we were able to speak as a team,” said Mark. “A graduate and a puppy raiser together, because this helps tell the whole story. We were able to discuss the before and after and everything in between. There was a wide range of inquires and people cared enough to ask really good questions. Overall, it was a great opportunity.” Kent has raised seven puppies for GDB and his current puppy in training, Pegasus, accompanied him at the podium.
Adelina Wildy, FBI staff operations specialist, had this to say: “It was perfect and a big hit. I can say with confidence that everyone in the audience enjoyed the presentation and thought highly of both presenters.”