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February, 2016

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Chela  Gray                                                                                                                                     Life<me  Achievement  Award  Winner   Nearly  thirty  years  ago,  Chela  cam  face  to  face  with  llamas  at  the  Washington  State  Fair.    Her  first   llamas  arrived  in  1988  and  have  been  a  constant  in  her  life  ever  since.    She  bred  llamas  for  a  short  8me   but  discovered  that  aspect  was  not  for  her.    Chela  has  packed  with  her  llamas,  worked  with  their  fiber,   worked  with  4-­‐H  youth,  worked  with  hundreds  of  owners  and  has  been  long  involved  in  rescue.     Beginning  every  spring,  she  is  constantly  booked  with  appointments  for  folks  needing  help  with   toenails.  shots  and  shearing  along  with  providing  educa8on  on  fencing,  farm  layout  and  general   husbandry.    Each  year  she  supports  and  par8cipates  with  her  llamas  at  the  Kitsap  Country  Fair.    Chela   has  hosted  educa8on  programs  at  her  farm  and  taught  training  and  management  clinics.    She  has   assisted  and  taught  at  behavior  and  training  clinics  and  assisted  people  with  difficult  animals.    She   works  with  owners  on  their  farms.    Over  the  years,  Chela  has  wri[en  ar8cles  for  various  llama   periodicals  and  has  been  featured  in  several  newspapers.    Chela  went  to  Australia  —  twice  —  to  help   teach  owners  how  to  manage  and  work  with  their  llamas.    She  served  on  the  board  of  Llama  Owners  of   Washing  to  State  (LOWS),  later  becoming  president.    Chela  has  served  on  the  LANA  BOD.       The  ini8al  idea  of  S8llpointe  Sanctuary  was  conceived  in  the  90’s  and  was  incorporated  as  a  non-­‐profit   in  Washington  State  in  2000.    S8llpointe  Sanctuary  not  only  takes  in  llamas  and  alpacas  in  need  but   plays  a  significant  role  in  educa8on.    S8llpointe  works  with  the  Girls  Scouts,  4-­‐H,  area  schools  and  local   communi8es  teaching  about  llamas  specifically  as  well  as  the  general  care  and  needs  of  all  animals.     S8llpointe  works  with  other  rescue  organiza8ons  in  any  way  possible.    Community  Resource   organiza8ons  send  volunteers  to  S8llpointe  to  work  on  projects  that  help  people  learn  ways  of  re-­‐ entering  the  workforce  and  to  complete  comment  service  obliga8ons.    S8llpointe  Sanctuary  provides   speakers  for  special  occasions  at  schools,  assisted  living  residences  and  correc8on  facili8es  always   accompanied  by  a  llama  or  llamas.       Chela  Grey  has  long  been  intricately  involved  in  the  llama  community. 3


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