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New York , NY – The American Kennel Club® announced at its quarterly Delegates’ meeting that Tom Freeman of the Channel City Kennel Club has been named a recipient of the AKC ® Community Achievement Award for his coordination of educational programs in Santa Barbara and surrounding communities. Freeman received one of two awards for the third quarter of 2010– Margaret Silverthorn, President of the English Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island, also received recognition.

The AKC Community Achievement Awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members. The AKC selects award recipients who promote purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.

Freeman, a retired teacher, is the AKC Canine Ambassador Chair for the Channel City (CA) Kennel Club. He coordinates educational programs in schools, pre-schools, youth clubs and libraries in Santa Barbara and surrounding communities. Each month, Channel City Kennel Club members teach children about breed histories, proper dog care and activities with dogs. They also demonstrate how to correctly meet an unfamiliar dog. Students practice properly greeting and petting dogs belonging to club members. Now in its fifth year, the program reaches over 3,000 young people in diverse neighborhoods and even includes Spanish translation.

“AKC applauds Tom for his programs that provide young people with the education they need to become responsible dog owners,” said Sheila Goffe, AKC’s Director of Government Relations. “The far reach of his programs deserves high recognition.”

Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Awards are accepted year-round. Up to three honorees are named each quarter. They receive a certificate of appreciation and a $1,000 check payable to the club or federation’s public education and canine legislation efforts. To nominate a club, visit




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