UNION — The Vose or Virtual Wednesday Series presents a talk with Christina “Christy” Gardner, a 39 year-old retired Army veteran from Oxford, Maine Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Christy Gardner.

Gardner was injured overseas in 2006 and spent nearly five years rehabbing before she was finally able to live on her own again. Gardner started participating in adaptive sports, thanks to her Service Dog Moxie. She’s now an assistant captain of the U.S. Women’s Para Ice Hockey Team, and was an alternate for Tokyo 2020 in shot put and discus.

She also represented the USA at the Para Surfing World Championships in 2020. Gardner has been training service dogs and therapy dogs for the past nine years, but wanted to grow that dream to help more Mainers in need. Mission Working Dogs was founded in July 2020 as a local non-profit to do just that. The organization serves to train service dogs and therapy dogs for the local community and has cleared land to build a new training center this winter.

Closed captioning will be available for this event. To register, call 207-785-4733 , email librarian@voselibrary.com or stop by the library for a link.

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