Jane Boake, COPE Founder

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.

COPE Audited Financial Statements 2019        

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Jane Boake – Founder

Dr. Liz Saul – Chair

Jo-Anne Lane

Paul Roberts

Megan Hiltz

Erin Murray


For more information or to contact a member of our board please send emails to info@copedogs.org

Canines in the Classroom Student Trainer Teams
Canines in the Classroom Student Trainer Teams Student Trainers from Nantyr Shores Secondary School
Student Trainers from Nantyr Shores Secondary School