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sherri
smith
Languages: 
English
June, 1968
Bio: 
Hello, my name is Sherri Smith and I am interested in volunteering with my son Logan Smith while we are visiting Africa this September. I have traveled the world as a class V river raft guide and have visited Victoria falls in the past years. This upcoming trip I would like to share the magic of Africa with Logan and also give back to the beautiful tribes & villages of Victoria Falls. With my outdoor training and my child development education I feel that I am a great candidate to provide volunteer work in this area. I work for a non profit Junior Guides Raft camp that puts over 100 kids through whitewater training and safety each summer. My passion is supporting young children in environments that they may have never experienced before . My 15 year old son is an avid Kayaker and world traveler. He is a camp counselor in all the camps that I run and loves soccer! His compassion, loving and honest disposition would be a positive influence amongst villagers and the children. We are available September 29th-Oct 1 2016 and could be available longer if there is a need. Our purpose to to give back to a community, help others while educating ourselves to help create a better environment for generations to come. Thank you in advance. Sherri Smith 916-550-1237
Volunteering Experience: 
Pet Therapy Volunteer with my Newfoundland http://www.thepresstribune.com/article/sutter-pet-therapy-program-brings-comfort-patients Tilly, a big shaggy black Newfoundland dog, ambles into Sutter Roseville Medical Center by the side of her owner and handler, Sherri Smith. The two are visiting patients in the medical center to bring some comfort and happiness to an otherwise routine medical stay. The program is a new service within Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s Auxiliary Volunteer Services. Tilly and Smith became members of the hospital auxiliary in order to participate in the pet therapy program. Five-year-old Tilly, who is friendly and calm, fits the criteria for a therapy dog, as she does very well in strange settings. Even so, she had to undergo training to be a therapy dog and afterward had to pass a test for certification. Tilly began visiting patients three years ago at Ohio State University Medical Center, where she was the first dog to visit patients in the medical center’s burn unit. There she volunteered for two years until her owners, Smith and her husband, spine surgeon Dr. Tyler Smith, relocated to Roseville. Today, Tilly strolls through the patient units at Sutter Roseville and waits patiently when Smith stops at the door of a room to see if the patient would like a visit with Tilly. Together the two walk into the room to the patient. Tilly places her massive head on the patient’s bed and receives friendly pats on her soft, fluffy fur. She listens quietly as Smith and the patient talk. Junior Guides Junior Guides Summer Camp Teaching river safety is our number one goal, Fun is a plentiful by-product! We instill in young people an understanding of the river's ways and a respect for its power. Junior Guides end up having the time of their lives as they meet challenges and learn together. Our rafting partner, All Outdoors, has been guiding raft trips for 50 years and has an unparalleled record of safety. Junior Guides enjoy days filled with rafting rapids, exploring the river environment, making new friends, and playing games. The camp is based out of All Outdoors beautiful riverfront facility and campers go rafting every day. Junior Guides Summer Camp is open to any child entering grades 1-10. Campers are sorted into two groups: otters or ducks, based on age and ability. Staff to camper ratio is 6 to 1. These camps have a high degree of physical activity, so participants should be fit and ready to be outside and active all day. Campers will enjoy the program more if they are strong swimmers. Due to the dynamic nature of the river environment, campers must be cooperative and follow directions of senior guides at all times. Junior Guides in the younger duck group spend their days on the 5 mile stretch of the South Fork American River known as the "Coloma to Greenwood" section. This section is gentle and forgiving, mostly flat and occasionally interspersed with 1-2 foot high waves. Considered to be "Class 2." The oldest campers, the otters, will be rafting class 3 stretches every day. Mentored by a highly qualified adult in each boat, otters will learn to read and navigate the upper or lower South Fork American River. Otters will stop to scout rapids, voluntarily surf in holes, use toss bags, and practice self rescue techniques.
Education: 
Graduated San Diego State Psychology & Marine Biology
Occupation: 
Coordinator & Guide for Junior Guides Rafting
Other Skills: 
Outdoor sports including snow skiing, rafting, climbing, soccer.
sherri smith
fair oaks
United States
Languages:
English
June, 1968
Description
Hello, my name is Sherri Smith and I am interested in volunteering with my son Logan Smith while we are visiting Africa this September. I have traveled the world as a class V river raft guide and have visited Victoria falls in the past years. This upcoming trip I would like to share the magic of Africa with Logan and also give back to the beautiful tribes & villages of Victoria Falls. With my outdoor training and my child development education I feel that I am a great candidate to provide volunteer work in this area. I work for a non profit Junior Guides Raft camp that puts over 100 kids through whitewater training and safety each summer. My passion is supporting young children in environments that they may have never experienced before . My 15 year old son is an avid Kayaker and world traveler. He is a camp counselor in all the camps that I run and loves soccer! His compassion, loving and honest disposition would be a positive influence amongst villagers and the children. We are available September 29th-Oct 1 2016 and could be available longer if there is a need. Our purpose to to give back to a community, help others while educating ourselves to help create a better environment for generations to come. Thank you in advance. Sherri Smith 916-550-1237
Volunteering Experience
Pet Therapy Volunteer with my Newfoundland
http://www.thepresstribune.com/article/sutter-pet-therapy-program-brings-comfort-patients
Tilly, a big shaggy black Newfoundland dog, ambles into Sutter Roseville Medical Center by the side of her owner and handler, Sherri Smith. The two are visiting patients in the medical center to bring some comfort and happiness to an otherwise routine medical stay.

The program is a new service within Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s Auxiliary Volunteer Services. Tilly and Smith became members of the hospital auxiliary in order to participate in the pet therapy program.

Five-year-old Tilly, who is friendly and calm, fits the criteria for a therapy dog, as she does very well in strange settings. Even so, she had to undergo training to be a therapy dog and afterward had to pass a test for certification.

Tilly began visiting patients three years ago at Ohio State University Medical Center, where she was the first dog to visit patients in the medical center’s burn unit. There she volunteered for two years until her owners, Smith and her husband, spine surgeon Dr. Tyler Smith, relocated to Roseville.

Today, Tilly strolls through the patient units at Sutter Roseville and waits patiently when Smith stops at the door of a room to see if the patient would like a visit with Tilly. Together the two walk into the room to the patient. Tilly places her massive head on the patient’s bed and receives friendly pats on her soft, fluffy fur. She listens quietly as Smith and the patient talk.

Junior Guides
Junior Guides Summer Camp

Teaching river safety is our number one goal, Fun is a plentiful by-product! We instill in young people an understanding of the river's ways and a respect for its power. Junior Guides end up having the time of their lives as they meet challenges and learn together. Our rafting partner, All Outdoors, has been guiding raft trips for 50 years and has an unparalleled record of safety. Junior Guides enjoy days filled with rafting rapids, exploring the river environment, making new friends, and playing games. The camp is based out of All Outdoors beautiful riverfront facility and campers go rafting every day.

Junior Guides Summer Camp is open to any child entering grades 1-10. Campers are sorted into two groups: otters or ducks, based on age and ability. Staff to camper ratio is 6 to 1. These camps have a high degree of physical activity, so participants should be fit and ready to be outside and active all day. Campers will enjoy the program more if they are strong swimmers. Due to the dynamic nature of the river environment, campers must be cooperative and follow directions of senior guides at all times. Junior Guides in the younger duck group spend their days on the 5 mile stretch of the South Fork American River known as the "Coloma to Greenwood" section. This section is gentle and forgiving, mostly flat and occasionally interspersed with 1-2 foot high waves. Considered to be "Class 2." The oldest campers, the otters, will be rafting class 3 stretches every day. Mentored by a highly qualified adult in each boat, otters will learn to read and navigate the upper or lower South Fork American River. Otters will stop to scout rapids, voluntarily surf in holes, use toss bags, and practice self rescue techniques.
Education
Graduated San Diego State Psychology & Marine Biology
Occupation
Coordinator & Guide for Junior Guides Rafting
Other Skills
Outdoor sports including snow skiing, rafting, climbing, soccer.
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