Students with Norman. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Norman gives a student a hug. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Norman. Photo by Sarah Campbell.

Students busy with exams, end-of-term projects and critiques de-stressed with a special visit by registered therapy dog Norman on Wednesday, April 9. Norman and his handler, OCAD U photography student Shannon Dobson, were on campus as part of an OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre initiative, and plan to come back in September.

“I knew Norman could help bring some smiles to students and faculty,” said Dobson. “It was a great experience. Faces immediately lit up when they saw him.”  

Norman is an Old English Sheepdog and weighs 100 pounds. He participates in a program run by Therapy Tails, a non-profit, volunteer-run dog therapy program that works to help make lives better across Ontario. He also has his own children’s book, written by Dobson and illustrated by OCAD U student Nicole Clarizio.

Fariah Medina, who works at the OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre, says plans for fall visits to campus with Norman and other Therapy Tails dogs may also include a puppy room.

Norman’s visit attracted a great deal of attention among OCAD U students on Twitter and Facebook.

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OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre 

Therapy Tails

Stress and Wellness for Your Mind, Body and Soul

Stress and Wellness for Your Mind, Body and Soul
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 4:00pm

Workshop Nov 19 2013 11am to 1pm

Stress Reduction and Wellness Workshop Lunch Served

Stress & Wellness for your mind, body & soul.

An open workshop to explore strategies to help you manage personal, academic and other life stressors. Food will be provided!

Tuesday November 19th 2013 from 11 am to 1 pm in Room 544 (100 McCaul)

Brought to you by the Health and Wellness Centre nursing Students!




Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario