Category Archives: Community Outreach

Programs Offered by Leader Dogs for the Blind

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Leader Dogs for the Blind

Holding a doctor of philosophy in social work, Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Dimond also earned two master’s degrees, one in public administration from the University of Michigan and the other in social work from Boston College. Outside of her professional duties, Margaret Ann Dimond is a board member of Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Attributed as a “Best in America” charity by the Independent Charities of America, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired. Incorporated by three Detroit-based Lions Clubs members in 1939, the organization’s mission is to enhance the mobility of visually challenged people and help them develop lifelong skills to move independently.

Leader Dogs for the Blind offers a range of programs to accommodate the needs of various clients. Some of the major programs are:

25 days of personalized residential training in using guide dogs;

accelerated orientation and mobility training that teaches people who are blind to use the white cane safely in seven days;

deaf-blind guide dog training for dogs escorting individuals who are both deaf and blind; and

GPS technologies that aid in finding locations, directions, and related information through verbal cues.

For more information about Leader Dogs for the Blind and its programs, visit


Leader Dogs and Wendy’s Partner for Fundraiser


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Leader Dogs and Wendy’s

For nearly 15 years, Margaret Ann Dimond has served as an assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, where she primarily works as part of the graduate school faculty. When she isn’t teaching, Margaret Ann Dimond supports a number of animal-based organizations and is a board member of Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit group that trains dogs to help people who are visually impaired.

Last March, Leader Dogs for the Blind held a special fundraising event in conjunction with local area Wendy’s restaurants. Howard and Lisa O’Brien, who own a number of franchises throughout Michigan, were eager to partner with the organization. They have been longtime supporters of the nonprofit, and have raised three Future Leader Dogs as volunteers.

Leader Dogs for the Blind CEO and President Susan Daniels praised the efforts of the O’Briens, expressing gratitude for their support through the fundraiser as well as being volunteers. Ms. Daniels says that through their efforts, the community has become more aware of Leader Dogs and its important mission.

Leader Dogs for the Blind Opens New Facility

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Leader Dogs for the Blind

An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Margaret Ann Dimond is an avid supporter of animal rescue organizations. In her local community, Margaret Ann Dimond serves as a board member with Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that helps train dogs to assist individuals with visual impairments and disabilities.

Leader Dogs for the Blind recently invited the public to tour its newly opened Canine Development Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan, at the corner of Rochester and Avon roads.

The 75,000-square-foot facility cost $14.5 million to build and takes the place of the on-site kennels the organization previously used. The new facility is home to 255 kennels and will be used to breed, train, and care for the organization’s current and future animals. It is expected the new center will provide a less stressful environment in which to train the dogs, as well as help them to better socialize with one another.

Leader Dogs for the Blind has helped more than 14,500 people become more independent with the use of assistance animals for mobility.

To learn more about Leader Dogs for the Blind, visit

Leader Dogs Teach Human Leaders

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Leader Dogs for the Blind

Before she became the CEO and president of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Margaret Ann Dimond worked as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Outside of her career, Margaret Ann Dimond is involved in Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Leader Dogs for the Blind hosts Harness the Power of Leadership, a one-day business leadership training program designed for entry- or mid-level managers and newly formed teams. The training involves dogs and uses the relationship between guide dog and owner as a starting point.

Each participant is assigned a leader dog. As a team, both the dog and the person must learn to communicate with and trust each other. The experience emphasizes the importance of giving clear instructions and positive reinforcement. Work with the dogs culminates in a blindfolded walk experience, which enables participants to use the skills they learned. Harness the Power of Leadership also includes keynote presentations designed to motivate audiences to view business from different perspectives.

Karmanos Medical Play Clinics Help Children Cope with Cancer

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Karmanos Medical Play Clinics

Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work, where she teaches graduate-level classes. Margaret Ann Dimond was the the president of the Karmanos Cancer Hospital at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, from 2014-16.

Based in southeast Michigan, the Karmanos Cancer Institute is an integrated research center dedicated to the total eradication of cancer and is the only Michigan-based hospital focused solely on cancer care. At the same time that the center provides state-of-the-art treatment options, it also helps patients and their family members cope with the diagnosis of cancer.

For children, the Karmanos Cancer Hospital offers medical play clinics to help them understand what a diagnosis of cancer means for a family member. They are led by Alexis Cora, a certified child life specialist who strives to help children and their families overcome these challenges. In the play clinics, effective coping is facilitated through play, preparative education, and self-expression activities. Moreover, the clinics provide emotional support for adult members of the family.

Michigan Humane Society Sponsors Adoption Event at Detroit Zoo

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Michigan Humane Society

An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, since 2003, Margaret Ann Dimond has extensive research experience and has authored numerous articles on social work clinical outcomes. A lover of animals – particularly canines – Margaret Ann Dimond, PhD, spends her downtime assisting numerous nonprofit animal organizations, including the Michigan Humane Society (MHS).

The MHS offers high-quality service and compassion to animals in its care, reduces animal overpopulation, and promotes humane treatment of animals. To fulfill its mission, MHS operates out of three separate centers, with one in Detroit, Westland, and Rochester Hills.

Among the adoption events sponsored by the MHS is its Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo offering, with one scheduled for September 16 and 17, 2106, at the Detroit Zoo. At this annual gathering, individuals have an opportunity to choose from among hundreds of puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats from approximately 40 animal welfare organizations. Although regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the zoo, there is no additional care for the adoption event. Since this event began in 1993, more than 22,000 pets have been adopted.

Michigan Humane Society – Investigating Animal Cruelty

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Michigan Humane Society

Graduate professor and researcher Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches coursework in organizational leadership and nonprofit administration. Outside of work, Margaret Ann Dimond is a longtime supporter of the Michigan Humane Society (MHS).

A charitable animal welfare organization providing care for tens of thousands of animals every year, MHS investigates complaints of animal cruelty throughout Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Detroit. Since 1913, MHS has employed a team of cruelty investigators who follow up on reports of animal cruelty and gather evidence against accused individuals. If necessary, the investigators may seek to have individuals turn over ownership of their animals to MHS.

Dog fighting is one of the most common animal cruelty investigations performed by MHS. A cruel practice involving the breeding and training of dogs for violence, dog fighting has adverse effects on the community, such as the sale of drugs and weapons. After receiving calls related to suspected dog fighting activity, cruelty investigators gather physical evidence and testimony from individuals. Not only do MHS investigators remove dogs from these situations, but they also hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.

To learn more about cruelty investigation at the Michigan Humane Society, visit the official website at