LEBLANC, Mrs Kim Ontario,
Kim purchased her first dog, a Siberian Husky male in 1973. He, fortunately for them, was of good enough quality to become their first champion and sire their first litter. That was the beginning of Snowmist Siberians. Kim and her mum had a short-lived trial with Alaskan Malamutes and decided they were not for them. But the adventure with other breeds continued and they enjoyed a Newfoundland and a few Salukis. During this time Kim handled many different breeds. In 1980 her husband brought American Foxhounds into the picture, they still have them today along with the Siberians. Kim is still actively showing and breeding on a small scale. Their kennel (Snowmist Siberians) has been highly successful in Canada and around the world. She and her husband competed in sled dog races winning their fair share of awards up until the fall of 1996 when family and business commitments forced them to retire. While racing, they actively participated in the Sled Dog Certificate Program earning over 40 titles. Their dogs have numbered in the top for their breed on many occasions including Top Siberian 1986 & 1987 with BIS, BISS AmCan Ch. Snowmist's Mai Tai, Top Siberian 1994 BIS Ch. Kakoma's Better Than Average and recently top again in 2001 with BIS Ch. Snowmist's Eternal Flame. In 1993 and 1994 the Siberian Husky Club of Canada awarded their lead dog Northstar's Snowmist Birch C.D., S.D.U. the Ward Young Trophy for successfully competing in sled dog racing, showing and obedience within one club year. This was the first time any dog had won this award in back to back years. Kim is a graduate of the canine course "Dogs, A Hobby or Profession" created by Casey Gardiner. Included in this educational program was a course on structure that taught structure based on a measuring process. She has used this process to improve her own knowledge, to help others understand what they see and to evaluate litters of puppies and grown dogs. She has conducted all breed measuring clinics as well as seminars on this topic. Today Kim is a licensed All Breed Canadian Kennel Club judge in Canada. She began her judging career officially in 1994. Since that time she has had the honour of judging in her own country (Canada), Belgium, France, Finland, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United States of America. Specialties she's had the pleasure of judging include the Rocky Mountain Siberian Husky Club, the Belgian Siberian Husky Club (twice), Saint Bernard Club of Ontario, Great Pyrenees Club of Central Ontario, Alaskan Malamute Club of NSW Inc., The Siberian Husky Club of NSW Inc., the National Specialty for Nordic Breeds (Spain) and the 8e Reunion Nationale d'Elevage du Siberian Husky France as well as several others. Kim has been an active member of the all breed club, Barrie Kennel & Obedience Club Inc, and has held such positions as President, Show Chair Person & currently holds the position of Judges Committee Chair. Since 2004 she has been serving as the Canadian Kennel Club Director for Zone 4 - Ontario North. Her duties have included; Chair of the Canadian Kennel Club Junior Kennel Club Council, past Chair of the Club Relations Committee, past member of the Breed Specific Legislation Committee, and current Hospitality and Transportation Chair for the CKC Purina National Charity Show.