We are delighted to announce that our 18th Jack Petchey Achievement Award Winner is Charlotte Fenna. .Charlotte has been known to ADO since the start of 2019, where she started by volunteering to benefit herself and ADO. Charlotte was at college studying Animal Management, whilst also volunteering at an animal charity and still wanted to do more.
Charlotte committed herself to ADO and proved herself as a valuable member of the team. She became a paid employee in the summer of 2019 when she finished at college. Charlotte’s plan was to go to University to get a specialist degree, but when she was exceeding our expectations at ADO during her voluntary and sessional days, we offered her a position as our Animal Educator, working with our vulnerable children and young people within the River Valley Alternative Provision team.
Charlotte's overall role is to supervise the care of all the ADO animals, from day to day basic husbandry, to booking and supporting vet appointments, and working with other professionals. In addition to this, she also provides education in relation to Animal Management Care to our Primary and Secondary students. She is playing an active part in our Secondary and Post 16 students receiving qualifications such as AQA’s and BTECS. Charlotte has been on her own learning journey at ADO, she is growing in confidence daily and we are so very lucky to have her as a valued member of our team. Charlotte received this award from children and staff voting for her, as a thank you for all that she has done and to help her to see how far she has come herself.
In line with Charlottes own specific interests, her £250 was spent on obedience training with one of our therapy dogs. The training helped Charlotte and the rest of the team learn how to apply positive reinforcement to our therapy dogs on the lead, to prevent pulling. In addition to this, Charlotte has also been enrolled onto a dog grooming course and also spent the remainder of her money on a new dog grooming table. All of the above benefits Charlotte in line with her own professional development, but also helps to develop and care for our animals who work so very hard for us.
A massive well done to Charlotte.
Congratulations from all of the ADO Team!