Canadian Intervention and Assistance Dogs
Canadian Intervention and Assistance Dogs

Board of Directors

Angie Arra

By day Angela is a pediatric registered nurse; otherwise, she can be found elbows-deep in the development, promotion, and management of CIAD.  Working with children and caregivers who have been affected by trauma has provided her with insight into the many challenges and obstacles that exist in finding and connecting to supports in the community.

Along with her husband and fur-kids, Angela volunteers her time as a CIAD puppy raiser…when she’s not shopping, camping or helping to restore their vintage camper and truck!

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson, a police officer that was injured in the line of duty in 2009. While rescuing several people from a wildfire, he became trapped after getting the last people out. Kevin sustained both physical and physiological (PTSI) injuries. Due to those injuries he experienced several PTSI related effects including bunkering, depression and anxiety. The day of the fire, life came to a grinding hault!

In March of 2016 a life changing event took place when he was prescribed and received his Service Dog Maggie. She provided him with the ability to re-engage and begin to do things again, start to live life a bit once more. Maggie does several things for him physically and emotionally. She allowed him to “see the light” again!

Kevin enjoys the gym and loves anything outdoors especially hiking, kayaking, and swimming. He also enjoys the peaceful time on his ranch with a bonfire and his horses in the pasture. Due to the things he experienced being injured, he has become a major advocate for first responders, service dogs, first responder rights and for the fair treatment of first responders injured in line of duty.

For more of Kevin’s story watch the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s interview

Dr Eric Carnegy

Dr. Carnegy is a 1977 graduate of the University of Guelph.  He came to Halifax immediately after graduation and has practiced in the area ever since.  Since 1995, he has owned a veterinary hospital in Clayton Park, accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.

He has a genuine love of all animals and indeed has a “passion” for his profession.  In addition to his practice he has continuously supported registered animal rescue and support groups around the province and generously offers his time and professional services. In addition, he volunteered for over thirty years with the Provincial SPCA. For over 20 years he has been a “regular” on Maritime Noon – the popular CBC radio program and has also been a popular guest on “Live At 5” and Global TV and is often the “go to” veterinarian for the media.

Dr. Carnegy works closely with breeders and their breeding programs and offers reproduction services through his hospital. With a good eye to conformation and movement, he is knowledgeable about performance as related to physical abilities.  He is well versed in obedience and behavioral topics.

He maintains membership in the Nova Scotia Veterinary Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association as well as various other professional memberships.

Dr. Carnegy pursues his joy of gardening at his lovely lakefront home as well as skiing, kayaking and spending time with the family dogs on long treks through the woodlands.   After years of practicing veterinary medicine, he now takes the time for “real” vacations!

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Bedford, NS B4A 2T3