Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Caroline Cook

Names: Caroline Cook and Swiss the dog

Occupation: Teacher/Paddler and Retired Hearing Dog Owner

Ages: 25 and 12 1/2

Lifestyle: Always seeking tropical paddling destinations in Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfski, Dragon Boat and Sprint Kayak!

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I just graduated from teacher’s college, which means I am absolutely elated to be able to spend more time paddling on the water. My new schedule will sound a little something like this:

 

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Wake up, go to the gym, appreciate the beauty of the sunrise on the beach. Volunteer teaching at elementary schools. Play with my dog Swiss (she loves chasing after the ball). Paddling and coaching Dragon Boat.

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Royal Blue Crepe (also available in Ivory Crepe and Black Crepe) by Toronto label It Fiz Me; Basic Wax Pants in Black (also available in Bijoux Blue and Military Green) by I Love Tyler Madison; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Paddling and my retired Hearing Dog, Swiss.

 

White Rabbit Print Ori Top in White by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Mid Rise Straight Kristine Jeans by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas designer Curious Oddities

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for being a strong advocate for adults and children with hearing loss as well as promoting Dog Guides.

 

Azores Cami in White w/Black Feathers (also available in Black w/White Feathers) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Ankle Length Skinny Jeans with 31″ inseam in Black (also available in Burgundy) by Brenda Beddome

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

There is something about wearing the perfect outfit that makes me feel confident and ready for anything. I feel my best when I’m wearing something that is comfortable and edgy.

 

Bosco Dress in Grey by Quebec label Cameleon; Water Repellant Arabella Stretch Cotton Spring Jacket in Black by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the style of the clothes, it feels so laid back, stylish and cute! The fact that they are made by Canadian designers is a huge bonus (Go Canada Go!).

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

Tell us a bit about your guide dog, Swiss!

 

Swiss is my hearing dog and best friend. I wear two cochlear implants and I cannot hear anything without them.

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Having Swiss lets me sleep soundly at night knowing that if the smoke detector went off, she would wake me up. When I lived on residence at Glendon College Swiss woke me up at 3am because the smoke detector had gone off.

 

White Rabbit Print Ori Top in White by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Mid Rise Straight Kristine Jeans by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas designer Curious Oddities

 

Swiss alerts me to other sounds like: the toaster oven, someone calling my name and the microwave. Swiss is older now so she is retired but she still tries to work for me even though I am discouraging it.

 

Azores Cami in White w/Black Feathers (also available in Black w/White Feathers) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Ankle Length Skinny Jeans with 31″ inseam in Black (also available in Burgundy) by Brenda Beddome

 

What are some interesting things most people might not know about living with a guide dog, or guide dogs in general?

 

Dog Guides are so important to their owners, we depend on them with our lives and love them dearly. Having a Dog Guide is like having a permanent best friend who can go anywhere with you, even on a plane!

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Royal Blue Crepe (also available in Ivory Crepe and Black Crepe) by Toronto label It Fiz Me; Basic Wax Pants in Black (also available in Bijoux Blue and Military Green) by I Love Tyler Madison; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Swiss was given to me by Dog Guides of Canada for free. It costs $25,000 to raise and train a Dog Guide but Dog Guides of Canada does not receive any federal funding, they rely solely on donations.

 

Bosco Dress in Grey by Quebec label Cameleon; Water Repellant Arabella Stretch Cotton Spring Jacket in Black by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I want to promote The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. My goal is to raise $2000 for the Toronto West-High Park Walk on May 26 where I will be speaking about the importance of Dog Guides.

 

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To donate click on the link to my walk page:

 

https://www.walkfordogguides.com/locations/walker.cfm?ID=5284&EventID=851

 

Any amount is greatly appreciated and a tax receipt is issued immediately from the organization!

 

What are some things you look forward to in the next few months / years?

 

I look forward to paddling and getting a permanent teaching job as a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing.

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I was born deaf, wore hearing aids until I was 17 and then made the switch over to cochlear implants. Receiving the cochlear implants was life-changing, birds actually sound GOOD now!

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: caroline.cook.739

 

Instagram: 1sweet._.caroline

 

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