Jane Boake, COPE Founder
After 8 years of teaching, Jane attended what is now the Bergin University for Canine Studies in California.
Under the tutelage of Dr. Bonnie Bergin, the pioneer of the service dog industry, Jane learned how to help dogs help people, and embraced the principles upon which the COPE Service Dog training methods are based.
After founding COPE in 2000, Jane began to appreciate just how much dogs could help a wide range of people – not just people who had physical disabilities. She combined this belief with her teaching background, and started bringing the COPE Service Dogs-in-training to a local high school to help struggling students there.
The rest is history and in 2010 Jane received the Order of Ontario for her work with COPE.
She currently works as a Special Education Teacher at Nantyr Shores Secondary School, teaching (among other things) COPE’s Canines in the Classroom Program.
Jane is an outdoor enthusiast and lives with her two daughters, COPE School Dog, Buddy, and at least one COPE dog-in-training.