Caught in the Act

Cheyanne Hairie 

Volunteer with Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society 

by Fringina Mukaga, Communications

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As a first time volunteer Cheyanne Hairie did not know what to expect when her mother first told her about the volunteer opportunities open to youth at Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS). She explains, “my mom used to volunteer with horses in Montreal and thought I would enjoy it [and] because I love horses [I] thought it would be fun to do something I love”. And so began her journey to volunteerism as Cheyanne signed on to become a volunteer for the horse camps offered by PARDS.

Cheyanne’s youth and experience have been an inspiration to the organization as PARDS Volunteer Coordinator and Instructor Robyn Boudreau notes:

Cheyanne has really shown PARDS how youth volunteers can be a tremendous asset. [She] volunteers in the barn once a week, saddling the horses, grooming, turn-out and cleaning the barn. She also volunteers leading and sidewalking in lessons ensuring the safety of riders

As someone who is familiar with horse barns, Cheyanne was delighted to find the PARDS facilities to be “tidy and organized”. A self-described “horse-lover”, she pronounces “meeting the horses and getting to know the different personalities” as the most enjoyable part of her voluntary experience. She adds, “…whenever I come to PARDS it makes my day. Even if I’m having the worst day ever, when I get here I feel happy again!”  

Aside from her four-legged companions, volunteering at PARDS has allowed Cheyanne the opportunity to meet an assortment of new people she now calls friends. “They are all great [and] “I’m glad I get to be around such great people,” she says. Her enthusiasm for PARDS has made her a familiar face at the organization, so much so that she claims: “I don’t know what I would be doing [if I wasn’t volunteering at PARDS]”.

As a devout advocate of the organization she encourages anyone thinking of volunteering for PARDS to do so, stating:

I wish [people] knew all the great things you learn here and how great all the people are. I wish [people] knew all the great volunteer opportunities PARDS has to offer. Anybody can do it! Even if you don’t know anything about horses you can still volunteer at PARDS. Training is provided and the teachers are wonderful!


Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society 

Organization Profile


Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS) is a not-for-profit therapeutic riding centre offering equine assisted therapy to children and adults living with cognitive, physical, behavioral and emotional challenges.

Therapeutic Riding Programs provide clients with the opportunity to increase social interaction, improve self-esteem and build confidence while experiencing physical benefits such as improved balance, posture, flexibility, sensory awareness and endurance.

For more information:

Tel: 780.538.3211

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Address: 8202 84 Street Grande Prairie, AB T8X 0L6





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