Chapter Leadership

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Meet First Coast President – CJ Smith
CJ and his wife Vickie have been puppy raisers since 2010. CJ has led DogFest committees, created videos and banners and has appeared on radio and TV programs to promote Canine Companions. He is an active ambassador, often sharing the Canine Companions mission with the members of various civic, fraternal and veterans groups and college students. A military veteran, CJ looks forward to the day he will “pass the leash” to a fellow veteran. Because of his community involvement, and his heart for advocating for persons with disabilities, CJ was recognized as a 2017 Jefferson Awards Foundation Champions winner and was honored to represent his employer, and Canine Companions, with his wife at the annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

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