York U resident dog to offer therapy to stressed students


TORONTO, April 6, 2016 – Meet York U’s own resident therapy dog Barnaby. The St. John’s Ambulance certified ‘therapist’ will begin helping students relieve stress starting tomorrow, April 7.

Barnaby will be hanging out at the Scott Library Atrium in the afternoon. The session, organized during winter examination period, is sponsored by York University Libraries and Health Education & Promotion.

Barnaby lives on campus with his owner Tammy Douglas, a residence life coordinator at Bethune and Calumet student residences. Aside from providing stress relief to York University community members, he will also visit community centres in Durham region.

WHAT:             York U’s therapy dog Barnaby visits Scott Library to help students cope with stress during exam period

WHERE:          Scott Library Atrium, York University, Keele Campus (building number 25 on map)

WHEN:             Thursday, April 7, 2016, 1pm-2pm

NOTE: Barnaby is available with owner Tammy Douglas to meet with media

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 52,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

Media Contact:
Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca

Sandra McLean, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22097,