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Search & Rescue Dogs Ontario - Canine Teams
SEARCH & RESCUE DOGS ONTARIO

        Search & Rescue Dogs Ontario has provided a unique and valuable service to the many communities across Ontario since joining
         the Hamilton Police Service Volunteer Search & Rescue in 2002.  The Hamilton Police Service is one of the only Police agencies in
         Ontario where unpaid professional SAR Canine Teams are deployed within the service alongside regular members in ground search
         and rescue operations.
 

         Search & Rescue Dogs Ontario handlers are also members of the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA). This
         affiliation allows the canine teams to certify annually to the OSARVA/OPP Civilian Search & Rescue Canine Standards.  All teams
         are also United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Cadaver certified.

         All handlers attend yearly Ground Search & Rescue (GSAR) training with both the Hamilton Police Service as well as OSARVA.  This
         training includes map & compass, GPS training, first-aid, CPR, wilderness survival, lost person behaviour, search patterns, etc.

         The canine teams are trained on and off-leash in tracking, area searching (air-scenting), article searching, obedience and agility.|

         The dogs are training to find both live and deceased persons.

        The teams are available to any Police Service
        throughout Ontario at
no cost.

Although provincially certified by the OSARVA and the Hamilton Police Service, Search & Rescue Dogs Ontario
is a non-profit organization and does not receive any government funding.   Generous donations from the
community is our sole source of funding. Tax receipts are issued through the Hamilton Mountain Rotary Club.
                  


D. Walker & K9 Raina
D. Walker & K9 Raina

DAVE WALKER
Coordinator/Training Director/Certified Canine Handler
dave@sardogsontario.com

Profession: Lieutenant, Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
                 Operational Manager, Maplehurst Correctional Centre (27 years)

SAR/Canine Experience:
     • 1979-Present: working dog experience (Police/Prison/SAR Canine)
     • 1989-Present: United States Police Canine Association, Certified Judge and Trainer
     • 1984-1996:  Correctional Service Dog Handler
     • Member of Hamilton Police Service Search & Rescue since 2002
     • Member of London Search & Rescue (OSARVA) since 2007

     • National Search & Rescue Conference guest speaker and workshop presenter
       (SARSCENE 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008)
     • 2009 Ontario Search & Rescue Canine Conference Coordinator/Presenter
     • Search Manager’s Course 2009
     • SAR operational Municipal Police deployments            
            (Hamilton/Halton/York/Guelph/London)
     • USPCA Cadaver Certified (K9 Raina)


Hetty Abma & K9 Nico
H. Abma & K9 Nico


HETTY ABMA

Administrator/SAR Canine Instructor/Certified Canine Handler
hetty@sardogsontario.com

Profession: Computer Programmer/Analyst
                 Harris Rebar, Stoney Creek, ON (20 years)

SAR/Canine Experience:
     • Over 20 years dog experience
     • 2000-Present: Professional Dog Trainer
     • Member of Hamilton Police Service Search & Rescue since 2002
     • Member of London Search & Rescue (OSARVA) since 2007

     • Annual National Search & Rescue Conference Attendee (SARSCENE)
     • SAR Canine Workshop Instructor (Gatineau, QC - SARSCENE 2006)
     • 2009 Ontario Search & Rescue Canine Conference Administrator
     • Search Manager’s Course 2009
     • SAR operational Municipal Police deployments
           (Hamilton/Halton/York/Guelph/London)
     • USPCA Cadaver Certified (K9 Ryker / K9 Nico)


R. Lau & K9 Ace
R. Lau & K9 Ace


RAY LAU
Certified Canine Handler
ray@sardogsontario.com

Profession: Infrastructure Programmer

SAR/Canine Experience:
     • Member of Hamilton Police Service Search & Rescue since 2002
     • Member of London Search & Rescue (OSARVA) since 2007
     • Annual National Search & Rescue Conference Attendee (SARSCENE)
     • 2009 Ontario Search & Rescue Canine Conference (Logistics Support)
     • SAR operational Municipal Police deployments
           (Hamilton/Halton/York/Guelph/London)     
     • USPCA Cadaver Certified (K9 Ace)



M. Ivancsics & K9 Bliss
M. Ivancsics & K9 Bliss


MARIANNE IVANCSICS
Certified Canine Handler
marianne@sardogsontario.com

Profession: Elementary School Teacher

SAR/Canine Experience:
 
    • 2003-Present:  Professional Dog Trainer
     • Member of Hamilton Police Service Search & Rescue since 2002
     • Member of London Search & Rescue (OSARVA) since 2008
   
 • 2009 Ontario Search & Rescue Canine Conference (Logistics Support)
     • SAR operational Municipal Police deployments (Hamilton/Guelph)
    
     • USPCA Cadaver Certified (K9 Bliss)

                                     
   

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