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Therapy Dog Program Launched at YXE!

THERAPY DOG PROGRAM LAUNCHED AT YXE AIRPORT 

 
Saskatoon, SK: Friday the 13th seems like a perfect day for the Saskatoon Airport 
Authority (SAA) to launch their stress reducing Therapy Dog program! “Fridays are a 
busy travel day and as we enter into the spring break, the airport will be even busier.” 
comments Stephen Maybury, President & CEO at the SAA, “The Airport is a perfect 
setting,” continues Maybury. “For some, air travel can be stressful. We want the 
experience to be as positive as possible.” 

 
The Therapy Dog program is designed to reduce anxiety and tension in many settings. 
Coordinated through St. John Ambulance (SJA), the dogs come in all shapes and sizes- 
breed and gender are not important. The dogs qualify through a national certification 
process and can then be available for programs in facilities such as hospitals, schools 
and universities. More recently, the benefits of the program are being seen in airports. 

 

“These dogs thrive in environments where they can brighten the day of those they 
meet,” comments Ashley Balysky, Community Services Coordinator with the SJA. 
“Studies have shown the benefits are both physical and emotional, with most (benefits) 
providing a degree of relaxation.” 

 For more information contact: 

Maxine Montgomery, 

Manager Customer & Terminal Services 

Saskatoon Airport Authority 

306-975-4952 

mmontgomery@yxe.ca 

 

Ashley Balysky 

Community Services Coordinator 

St. John Ambulance 

306-522-7226 

Cs.coordinator@sk.sja.ca 

 


About the Saskatoon Airport (airport code YXE) 

Saskatoon Airport Authority is a partner in developing Saskatoon and 
Saskatchewan by operating a world-class airport that is connecting Saskatoon to 
the world. YXE is currently Canada’s twelfth busiest airport, with record growth in 
excess of 1.48 million passengers in 2014. A 10-year, $115-million capital 
investment is underway including a $53- million air terminal building expansion 
scheduled for completion in 2015. 

 
St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program 

 The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program launched in Saskatchewan in 2007. 
Currently there are over 125 teams (handler and dog) in the program that visit such 
places as the Universities, hospitals, schools, day programs, summer camps, homeless 
shelters, libraries, the list is almost endless. We are very excited to add the Saskatoon 
Airport to this list. 

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