Andrew and Heather Finton, who recognized an opportunity to assist struggling youth through art therapy, founded the Sundog Carving Program in 2004 with the assistance of Service Canada funding. The staff was a small but continuously growing, the program was a huge success and grew rapidly in an attempt to meet the demand for the program. With assistance of the Government of Yukon’s Department of Justice, in 2006, the advanced carving program was added for the youth that had completed the beginner program.
The Finton’s departure has been challenging for the society, but the Board of Directors, staff and participant’s are coming together to ensure their share vision for the long-term success of the program – and they have a good reason. In one participant’s words: “This program saved my life.” This program saves lives.
Another Participants word’s: “I was in a rough place in my life and the program gave me opportunities to meet new friends, a calm and nice place to create art, to learn and teach about carving. It has given me a connection to our traditional art forms, a hobby and opportunities to full-time employment, and the end results has been unbelievably rewarding to watch over the time I have spent here.”