Providing Dog Guides to Canadians with Disabilities
Thank you for your interest in Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. For those who want to do meaningful work and go home at the end of the day knowing they've made a difference, there are few places as fulfilling as at Dog Guides.

  •  Executive Director

    • In the early 1980s Lions Clubs across Canada developed an innovative national project for Canadians who were blind or visually impaired. The result – the exceptionally successful founding program, Canine Vision Canada. Through vision, commitment and passion, the Lions Foundation of Canada launched the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, a preeminent, not for profit national training school whose mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them with highly trained Dog Guides at no cost.

    • Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides has grown to meet important needs with Dog Guide programs including: Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and the newly introduced, Support Dog Guides. Now, one of the largest schools of its kind in Canada, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides has placed 2,974 Dog Guides with individuals across Canada.

    • For more information about Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, please visit their website at

      The Position
      A national role, based in Oakville Ontario, the Executive Director will lead the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides at an exciting time in its history. In this next chapter and building on a highly successful organizational brand, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides will be embarking on the construction of a new facility to meet the ever-growing demand for its services. The new Executive Director will continue to advance the organization’s success through vision, new programming, capital growth and innovative operational strategies. Critical to its ongoing success, the Executive Director will continue to advance exceptional relationships amongst a range of partners and supporters while continuing to nurture the great and evolving organizational culture that is highly committed to service excellence and new opportunities. The Executive Director will be a strategic partner to the Board of Directors and will work with the Senior Management Team, Staff and Volunteers in setting priorities and creating excellence to deliver on the core mandate, while building on the national and international brand.

    • Key leadership priorities for the Executive Director will be to:

    • Inspire and implement new opportunities that enhance the organization’s current successes and build on a culture of change, growth and innovation.
    • Ensure continued operational and program excellence while showcasing the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides brand nationally.
    • Lead the expansion of services and the introduction of a range of new initiatives that effectively meet and respond to the needs and expectations of clients and key partners.
    • Engage and leverage the tremendous talent and commitment of Staff, Volunteers, External Partners and Funders to continue to deliver outstanding programs and services.

    • Experience
      The successful candidate will be a passionate, visionary and courageous executive with a highly successful leadership track record in a complex, service-based, multi-stakeholder environment. In addition to exemplary leadership experience, the new Executive Director will be committed to an inclusive and innovative culture devoted to program and business excellence. He/she will be a collaborative and engaged leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a bias for the “art of the possible”.

    • To confidentially explore this opportunity, please email your resume or query, quoting the appropriate position title, to Judy Mandelman at
  •  Interested in a career as a Dog Guide Instructor/trainer?

    • If you are interested in becoming an instructor please send us your resume. We keep all applications on file for 6 months. Should a position open, we will contact you. 

      Many of our training staff hves already been working at Dog Guides Canada as kennel staff or in our puppy program. We have also recruited people that have assisted as volunteers. 

      Occasionally there are vacancies for an Apprentice Instructor. This is a full time paid position and consists of three, twelve month contracts. During this time, apprentices learn to train dogs to high skill levels, learn about and work with people with a wide variety of disabilities and develop expertise in all aspects of dog care. Our instructors are also committed to work some evenings and weekends, including overnight travel throughout Canada. In addition, they are required to do public speaking at events and presentations. At the end of three years, an apprentice graduates as a highly trained and professional Dog Guide instructor with a long and fulfilling career. 

      If you have:
      • proven experience working with adults or children with disabilities,
      • excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing. French speaking is an advantage,
      • experience working with, or training animals and can relate well to dogs,
      • are physically fit, since the job is physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weather with strong active dogs.
      • ability to cooperate with co-workers, work as part of a team as well as unsupervised,
      • show initiative and problem solve in high stress situations
      • a full driving license and are able to work at our Oakville and Breslau locations

      Please send your résumé to for future consideration. Résumés will be kept for 6 months.

  •  Fundraising Administrative Coordinator

    • Reporting to the Manager, Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides & Events, The Fundraising Assistant plays a key role in annual giving and database management.


      • Coordinate the annual direct mail program including data preparation and execution
      • Coordinate and execute annual raffles
      • Oversee the Oakville Delta Bingo program and volunteers
      • Assume a key role for the Oakville Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides,  increasing its revenue and attendance
      • Assist other GTA Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides
      • Manage and maintain databases, ensuring data accuracy with consistent updates
      • Provide support with key events for Lions Foundation of Canada
      • Assist with donor correspondence
      • Represent Lions Foundation of Canada at events
      • Conduct tours and presentations
      • Provide support to the fundraising department and various opportunities and tasks


      • Excellent administrative skills including solid working experience using relevant technology, especially Excel and fundraising software
      • Experience with databases
      • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written
      • Self-motivated with demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently
      • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, set priorities and work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
      • Experience in a non-profit, fundraising environment preferred
      • Possess a valid Ontario driver’s license  
      • Bilingualism an asset

        Please respond with cover letter, resume and salary expectations to Merilyn DeFazio We thank all candidates that apply but only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

  •  VOLUNTEER POSTING: Photographer

    • We are looking for motivated volunteer photographers who are able to join us for photoshoots and events on a regular basis. These photoshoots would take place throughout the week and on occasional weekends at (or near) the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides training facility in Oakville, ON. The ideal candidate(s) must be able to work independently and within a team environment.

      Volunteer Description

      • Analyze and decide how to compose a subject
      • Use various photographic techniques and personal equipment
      • Capture subjects in commercial-quality photographs
      • Enhance the subject’s appearance with natural or artificial light
      • Use photo enhancing software

      Volunteer Requirements

      • Maintain a digital portfolio, often on a website, to demonstrate work
      • Show initiative and ability to prioritize tasks and complete within a limited time frame
      • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail
      • Excellent communication skills - both verbal and written
      • Flexible availability – able to accommodate daytime, evening, and weekend shifts/events
      • Police background and vulnerable sector check is required
      • Comfortable with dogs

      For more information, or to apply to this position, contact Maria ,

      Please ensure the subject line of your email reads “Volunteer Photographer Application”. We thank all those who apply but will only be contacting candidates of interest.