After the presentation, he asked if Reka could come back the following day because he had an exam and was a little nervous. After checking with school personnel, Reka did return to quickly wish him luck outside the school.
“Making a difference like this, it’s what we want,” said Cathy. “I’m very lucky to be part of this.”
When Reka isn’t volunteering, she enjoys her downtime playing with her stuffed Santa Claus and running with her brother, River, in the backyard.
Cathy has recently started taking guitar lessons.“We need to make music,” said Cathy. "I have stubby, sausage, fingers so it’s challenging, but we’re making it work.”
Cathy, who was formerly in accounting, now works as an assistant dog trainer with Tricia, when she isn’t volunteering for AIR.
And if that isn’t enough to keep her busy, Cathy and Reka recently passed the certification to become a Crisis Response Team.
“Watching Reka when we go into schools, I saw the comfort she was giving to them,” said Cathy. “I was thinking she would be absolutely marvelous. I’m really excited about it.”