I have been a member of BSDCC since getting my first Belgian about 30 years ago.
I believe in the club as a resource for all Belgian owners. As my love and devotion to the breed grew, my involvement in the club also grew. In addition to positions in our provincial section, I have held positions at the national level as well. Most memorable was as national secretary. Although my start in Belgians was in obedience, I have also competed in conformation, agility, herding, tracking, rally o. I have traveled to Crufts, Westminster, a couple of world shows as well as the French national.
I spent almost 4 years living in Italy showing dogs under FCI, then moved to South Hampton, England for a couple of years.
I am now retired and living on the mainland of the coast of BC and enjoying the start of my CKC judging career.
Currently, I live with 4 Groenendael and co-own two others. I compete in conformation, obedience, rally and agility and in the future will be looking for opportunities to try barn hunt and/or scent work. I have bred a number of litters over the years under the kennel name of Meadowgrove.
My involvement with Belgians began over 30 years ago. My first dog was purchased in 1987 and I joined the local section and national club shortly thereafter. Two years ago, I achieved lifetime membership with the Canadian Kennel Club after 30 years of continuous membership.
As a Section and National member, I have held many different offices, served as a committee member for the establishment of the Versatility award and was the editor of the National Newsletter for a few years. I have been the show chair for two National Specialties hosted by the Northern Alberta section.
Most recently I have served 6 years as President of the National Club. During this time, I have tried to maintain open communication with the membership through the section presidents and my newsletter reports and the development of a Policy and Procedures booklet. In addition, I have supported and help facilitate the establishment of a relationship with the Canadian Working Belgian Shepherd Association and the Canadian Working Dog Federation. It is through this association that Canada is able to field teams of registered Belgians in IGP and agility at the FMBB competition in Europe. I believe that further collaboration will strengthen the National club with increased membership and will continue to showcase the versatility of the breed. Our breed association has to look at new ways to support and attract new members and I believe this is a start.
My wife Joanne and I have had Belgians since 1979, having bred Groenendael and West Highland White Terriers from 1983 thru 2003. While members of the BSDCC on and off during this time, I have been an active member for the last 18 years.
First enticed to produce a Tribute Book to commemorate the club's 50th anniversary, I have served as the club's newsletter editor for the last 5 years as well as a director in the Southern Ontario Section. Joanne and I now share our home with our second Terv. Brannagh and an 11 year old Sheltie rescue named Keegan.
We both enjoy this dog sport together, active in conformation along with a brief introduction to obedience and scent work.
I am a retired accountant (CPA-CMA).
I was the treasurer of the National Club before Irene Gamble took over these last couple of terms (I was the only signing authority when Skip passed and we needed two signatures on the account - a lesson learned). My first Belgian was CH.Snowflower's I'm Just Angus who won ABTC WD in 1993.
I breed under the kennel name, Teseko Kennels Reg'd, and I participate in conformation, obedience and herding.
I am also the president of the Pacific Section of the BSDCC.
I was born and raised on beautiful Vancouver Island and purchased my first beautiful gray Belgian as a pet in 1993. When I decided to show her, she was WB/BOW in the BSSDC National specialty 1994. "HOOKED" I also have done a little tracking, agility and Rally.
I won my first BISS with Can Ch Maggray's Sweet Success in 2007.
My first all-breed BIS in 2014 and in 2018 BISS also with Zambuca. BIS BISS AM CAN GR CH MAGGRAY'S ZAMBUCA GIRL CGN RN
Here I am today, first Belgian Breeder to have the Master Breeders acknowledgment to Maggray's Kennel Name. I love the breed and can't imagine owning any other breed.
I have been volunteering with the BSDCC since 2017, but this is my first mandate as a National Director and I am grateful for this opportunity. I am also a director of the BSDCC-Southern Ontario Section. I work as a software developer for a telecom company and have been into dog sports for nearly two decades, as a hobby.
My spouse and I own 5 Malinois that we train, title and compete in the sport of IGP, a working/utility dog sport program internationally regulated by the FCI.
We have an amateur breeding kennel called Expat Malinois.
One of my goals for this mandate is to keep developing online services for BSDCC members, such as this new, revamped website. I will also advocate Performance and Utility sports for Canadian Belgian Shepherd owners and promote our breed amongst people that are already into dog sports.
In 2015, with the support of the BSDCC board, I and a few other IGP working Belgian Shepherd trainers founded the Canadian Working Belgian Shepherd Association (CWBSA). The CWBSA has opened doors for Canadians to compete at the IGP World Championship for Belgian Shepherds (FMBB). Through this collaboration between the BSDCC and the CWBSA, we are now sending dog-handler teams in other disciplines of the FMBB Championship such as Agility and Canicross.
I believe that as time goes, more of our Canadian Belgian Shepherds will be ready to participate in various sport competitions, including at the international level, and that the BSDCC will be instrumental in developing such opportunities for its members.