The Equine Foundation of Canada is the first charitable organization devoted to equines to be registered by Revenue Canada. It was registered February 1, 1983 by the founder George Wade of Kentville, Nova Scotia. George’s concern about the well being of horses was his reason for forming the Equine Foundation and he served as the president of the organization from its inception in 1983 until his passing in 1997.
At that time Vice-President Eldon Bienert of Leduc, Alberta, took over as President. Eldon retired as President until March 2015 and was succeeded by Bob Watson.
The purpose of the Foundation is to aid in the health and welfare of the horse with its programs being unbiased as to the breed of horse or area of the country.
It is a Registered Charity with all donations being tax deductible and an official receipt is issued to the donor. The fundraising is carried out by dedicated volunteers across Canada and 100% of the donations are used to maintain the organization and maintain the various programs.
The programs of the Equine Foundation at this time mainly involve providing funding to the five Canadian veterinarian universities which are:
- The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Calgary, Alberta
- The Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- The Equine Research Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
- The University of Montreal Veterinary College, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec
- The Atlantic University Veterinary College, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
The Equine Foundation of Canada provided a grant to the Equine Research Centre, University of Guelph, to purchase a new ‘super computer’ which was utilized by Dr. Vale, a world-renowned specialist in equine pulmonary disease, for his research. Nancy Kavanagh, EFC Secretary, and Tina Collins, a stalwart supporter of EFC, met with staff of the centre and Dr. Vale to present the cheque.
A computer generated view of new type of sling used to lift horses after surgery, purchased by the facility at St. Hyacinthe with a grant from the Equine Foundation of Canada.
EFC group visited the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Background: Dr Art Ortenburger of AVC demonstrates some of the Chiropractic equipment. From left: Lyle Dietz, Alberta; Laurie Lyons, B.C.; Andre Laurin, Quebec; Bob Watson, Alberta EFC Director; Charlene Dalen-Brown, Saskatchewan, EFC Vice- President; Eldon Bienert, President, Alberta, Peggy McDonald, Alberta; Andrea Ludwig & friend, New Brunswick.
The Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island was awarded a grant by the Equine Foundation of Canada to support the development of chiropractic services for horses. This new service marked the first time in Canada that chiropractic training was offered to doctor of veterinary medicine students.
WCVM Dean Dr. Charles Rhodes accepts a $10,000 cheque from Charlene Dalen-Brown, vice president of the Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC). The $10,000 gift from the EFC was matched by the Heather Ryan and L. David Dubé Foundation.
The new funding supported the WCVM’s ongoing research investigations of equine sarcoids — the most commonly diagnosed skin tumours in horses around the world.
As all the colleges have equipment needs for research purposes and treatment of equine patients the Foundation is providing funding to assist in their purchase.
Public equine education is meant to help and inform horse owners about keeping their horses healthy and fit, as well help prevent abuse though knowledge of good horse care.
Foundation Registered February 1st, 1983
Business Number BN 89350 3888 RR 0001
Canada Revenue Agency