WCH CONNECTFebruary 10, 2020

Meet Christine Paradis and Dexter

  • February 10, 2020
  • BY WCH Staff

We are Women’s offers the WCH community a chance to get to know each other and share our stories.Christine Paradis, handler of Dexter the therapy dog.

Name: Christine Paradis and Dexter

Title & Department: Therapy Dog Volunteers

On the WCH team for: Two and a half years

  1. What does your typical work day look like? 
    Twice a month, we visit different clinical waiting areas at Women’s College Hospital for about an hour. Our days often vary depending on Dexter’s hectic schedule because he also visits Sick Kids Hospital, Bridgepoint Health, Sunnybrook Hospital, Ryerson University, libraries and schools.

  2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
    Dexter and I love visiting with patients and staff, but the children excite us the most. Dexter especially loves the kids because he gets endless attention and pats.

  3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience? 
    A dog can provide more than just a warm furry body; many dogs instinctively understand when someone needs comfort and they offer it unconditionally - without judgment or obligation.   For me, being able to see the joy that Dexter brings to people and knowing I contribute to that is really special.  

  4. Tell us one (or more) thing(s) that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?  
    • Dexter is very busy as a support dog in the Toronto Courtroom Program where we assist with vulnerable victims/witnesses testifying. 
    • Even though he is 11, Dexter still loves to play ball, swim and play tug of war with his furry friends.
    • We volunteered at the Invictus Games with the athletes and their families including backstage at the opening and closing ceremonies.
    • Dexter makes time for modeling gigs and was featured on the front page of our 2019 Annual Report

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