Diesta Gundacker – 2022 Jack Warnock Award Winner – Southeast Region

We are pleased to announce that Diesta Gundacker of Winter Park, Florida, has been awarded the Jack Warnock Award for 2022.
Diesta came to Canine Companions because she wanted her children to experience giving back to the community in a way that would be tangible. In 1999, she received and raised her first Canine Companions future service dog, Tempo. Nearly 25 years later, she is raising Sota, her 17th puppy.  
However, Diesta’s involvement doesn’t end with puppy raising. For decades, Diesta has assisted Canine Companions as a volunteer professional photographer. Her stunning images showcase our mission throughout our materials, and she has photographed dozens of graduation ceremonies, hundreds of puppies entering professional training and more.  
In addition, Diesta has been involved in the planning of the Southeast Region’s annual Tales & Tails Gala since 1999. Last year, she was successfully solicited and secured 40% of  sponsors for the event.  
We want to congratulate Diesta for her achievements, and we are honored to have her supporting our vital cause. 
A smiling woman hugging a yellow lab puppy in a blue service cape