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