Carol Gannaway, B.A. , WADEC founder, Executive Director and trainer
Carol has been helping people train their dogs for 20 years. She has always been fascinated with the human/ canine bond and how that relationship can be trans-formative for people and dogs. In 1990 exploring that fascination became a reality when Carol started her business, Canine Potentials.
In addition to helping thousands of people and their dogs over the last 20 years and running a successful business, Carol is very active in her community. She has been a dog 4H leader for 16 years, organizes the local county fair parade, coordinates the Sunday School for the church she attends and volunteers quarterly for Puget Sound Blood Bank. Carol has been a canine behavior consultant for the local animal shelter for the past five years, guiding staff and volunteers in their training of the shelter dogs. Being involved in her community helping people and dogs has enriched her life and been a great source of satisfaction for Carol.
In 2005, in the pursuit of advancing her knowledge of people and animals, Carol enrolled at Skagit Valley Community college and graduated with her AA. She had never been to college at an age appropriate time so it was a demanding process. In 2008 she continued her education at the University of Washington; it was quite an endeavor that included commuting two and a half hours each day into Seattle via bus and ferry boat to attend the classes at UW. Carol graduated in spring of 2010. Having accomplished this feat, all the while maintaining her business and community ties, gives her the knowledge that she can do anything she puts her mind and heart into.
Washington Assistance Dog Education Center, WADEC, a not-for-profit corporation will be another accomplishment that Carol will be proud of. It will blend together her interests in people and animals and more specifically assisting people with disabilities by being a part of providing them more independence as a result of a trained dog to assist them.