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Charmaine Hammond


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Degree: Correctional Worker

Year of graduation: 1985

From the Doghouse to the Big Screen

Charmaine Hammond is the author of the popular and critically acclaimed book, On Toby's Terms, about her Chesapeake Bay retriever with a mind of his own. The Amazon bestseller was deemed “simply a beautiful book about life, love and purpose” by Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Such is Toby’s popularity that he has his own website and is the subject of a film which is currently in development. 

Based in Alberta, Charmaine has gone on to pen her newest book, Toby The Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends, which will be released this summer. She has also completed the first installment of a three-book series for children, and has created various educational products based on Toby. And all while running a successful business as an inspirational speaker and management consultant. 

As a President of Hammond International Inc. Charmaine helps businesses build resilient and inspired teams. She began weaving anecdotes about Toby into her presentations and the reaction was so positive that she decided to write a book. “I knew the stories needed to be shared. They have a way of connecting people through the heart.” 

Prior to launching her business in 1991, Charmaine built a ten-year career in corrections, working with both adults and young offenders in Ontario. Throughout this time, she developed a strong interest in conflict management, going on to earn a Master's Degree in Conflict Analysis & Management from Royal Roads University in BC. Now, as both an international speaker and best selling author, Charmaine travels the world speaking about resilience, courageous dialogue and leadership. “It is my intention and passion to inspire audiences to make a difference in their lives and provide them with the tools to do so.” 

Charmaine’s advice for current Sheridan students or new graduates? “Every day, take one action towards your big goals. And learn to become comfortable with The ASK, as in ASKing for what you need.” 

To find out more about Toby, visit 
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