2023 Jack Warnock Award For Exceptional Volunteerism

A woman in a blue vest kneels beside a smiling golden retriever in a field, both looking happy and content in the moment.Nearly 25 years ago, our national board of directors established the Canine Companions Jack Warnock Award, named after longtime volunteer and graduate Jack Warnock.

This annual, prestigious award acknowledges outstanding volunteerism on a national level, with one volunteer winning from one of our six regions. We’re pleased to recognize Northeast Region volunteer, Jane Nagy, from New Jersey, as the 2023 Jack Warnock Award recipient.

Jane joined Canine Companions 30 years ago, and she’s an exemplary volunteer across our organization. Not only has she raised 27 puppies (and working on puppy number 28), she has founded two volunteer chapters and recruited many other dedicated volunteers to our mission. Jane also volunteers as a Canine Companions therapy dog evaluator and handler.

One of Jane’s major accomplishments is her work with the New Jersey General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to support our mission. Her steadfast volunteerism and dedication to our mission make her an outstanding volunteer.

We’re pleased to congratulate our exceptional regional volunteer award winners:
North Central Region – Colleen Pars
Northwest Region – Pam Durkin
South Central Region – Mary Patterson
Southeast Region – Marian Scopa
Southwest Region – Vanessa Graziano

Click here to read more about this year’s winners!