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Amite service dog wins 2019 GOLD Award

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Views: 3558

Amite service dog wins 2019 GOLD Award

Annie Frannie Corkern, an Amite-based personal service dog, is recognized by the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs as a GOLD (Governor's Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities) Award winner. Annie Frannie is charged with alerting her family in the event her patient, Connor Corkern, experiences a medical emergency. Connor (seated) is shown with his parents, Coye and Katie Corkern, and the state's 2019 service animal of the year, Annie Frannie. (Photo courtesy of the Corkern family)

AMITE---An Amite service dog has been recognized by the Governor's office for her efforts to keep her patient safe.

Annie Frannie Corkern, a service dog belonging Connor Corkern of Amite, was named the 2019 "Service Animal of the Year" award winner by Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards this week.

Annie Frannie has been professionally trained to alert Connor's family if he has any medical emergency.

The GOLD Awards recognize extraordinary individuals and organizations that have contributed their time and talents to benefit the lives of persons with disabilities in Louisiana.

“Every year, the GOLD Awards honor Louisianans who dedicate their time and energy to making our state a more inclusive place to live,” said Gov. Edwards. “It’s important to recognize the hard work these honorees are doing every day to move Louisiana forward.”

The Inclusive Art Contest enables participants to increase awareness of the importance of inclusion in today’s society through artistic expression. This year’s contest theme was “Living, Learning, and Loving Together!”

Gov. Edwards provided the opening remarks at the GOLD Awards and First Lady Donna Edwards presented the awards to each Inclusive Art Contest winner and congratulated them on their achievement.

The winners are as follows:

2019 GOLD Award Recipients

Distinguished Merit Award

Tom Barnes of Metairie

Patsy Barrett Memorial Award

Ali Hebert of Lafayette

Ken Vince Memorial Award

Jeff Arseneaux of Abita Springs

Educator of the Year Award

Sondra Mullen of New Orleans

Youth of the Year Award

William Romero of Youngsville

Family of the Year Award

The Brooks Family of Thibodaux

Volunteer of the Year Award

Pittre Walker of Shreveport

Employer of the Year Award

Lenny Martinsen of New Orleans

Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

William Jackson of Kentwood

Service Animal of the Year Award

Annie Frannie Corkern of Amite

Elected Official of the Year Award

Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge
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