collie club of america -- Election 2007

Les Canavan -- Candidate for the office of First Vice President
Les is a 50+ year CCA member, First V.P of Quarter Century Club, was First Vice President of CCA 1968-’73. She has chaired and served on many committees over the years, and is currently District Director of New York South, a position she has held many times over the years when needed. She was a Charter member of Collie Club of Long Island, and has continually held office over the years. She spent 20+ years as an all-breed professional handler and PHA member. She had the honor of handling Ch Black Hawk of Kasan and Ch Noranda Daily Double to BOB at Nationals and both to All-Breed BIS’s.; plus showing many other great Collie Champions over the years.

Les and her partner, Verna Allen formed Royal Rock Kennels and have bred in excess of 35 Collie Champions over the years and are still active in the show ring and whelping box. Les has been an AKC judge since 1986, has judged all over the country and Canada including twice judging at the National. She has also been on many educational panels as speaker or moderator, and has been moderator for Parts Match for the Gathering the past two years.

After all is said and done, Les has been an ardent collie person over the past many years, has been active in all phases of the game, understands it’s problems and pitfalls, and wishes once again to be a part of the solution.

What are the most important issues facing the parent club and its members in the next administrative term and what character qualities do you bring to the job that you have learned or developed while working on other CCA projects or from other areas of your life, inside or outside of the dog community, that will be needed to produce solutions? Please
be specific.

I am running for the position of First Vice President of the CCA because I feel that I offer a different viewpoint, I have been active on almost all levels of the collie game over an extended period of time. My one lack is in the fields of agility, herding etc. although as a youngster I worked for Mrs. Shaw in Newton ,Connecticut -- one of the pioneers in obedience, and learned the ropes from her. Time precluded my participation in these fields though not my appreciation of their values. We have a great breed with many virtues and aspects that I feel we do not fully acknowledge.

In my opinion the CCA should be extolling these virtues as one of our prime functions.

We should have a committee devoted to publishing and bringing to the attention of the public the stellar deeds of the collie and their versatility. I think that breeders today in an attempt to educate the public often overlook or downplay the good points of the breed.

I feel that communication and cooperation among Officers, District Directors, Committee members and others is necessary for the workings of the club, unfortunately it sometimes gets out of control. We are all in this for much the same reasons, however the same competitive nature that works in the ring, stands in the way of reasonable communication and we need officers who will cool down the situation, rather than add to the problem.

We should look into how the other breed clubs handle breed referrals, some have come up with great solutions. One allows potential buyers to look up breeders in a geographical area, at the same time allows member breeders to put in a kennel posting on the web site at the time that they pay their dues.

Rescue, breeder transgressions, health issues and many other problems are continually brought to the table and must be reasonably handled with understanding and finesse.

The officers that you select will have many tough problems to face but with intelligence, ethics and a desire to cooperate we can resolve them. However, the Collie Breed is our first Priority!

The Collie presents an impressive, proud picture of true balance, each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part and to the whole.

– from the AKC Collie Breed Standard

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