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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) is a registered charitable organization (#10684 6819 RR0001), founded in 1984.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has the following affiliations.

Founding and accredited member of
International Guide Dog Federation.

Accredited member of
Assistance Dogs International.

Member of
Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools.




History
In 1984, Jane Thornton and Bill Thornton started Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. The organization has progressed from its humble beginnings in a small, rented home to an impressive Training Centre.
Milestones
1984 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind established in January.  
1984 First guide dog team graduated in July.  
1985 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind received provincial accreditation within the Blind Persons’ Rights Act of Ontario.
 
1986 First litter of puppies born into Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Breeding Program.  
1987 100th puppy placed in Puppy Walking/Raising Program.
 
1988 National Training Centre opened in Manotick (Ottawa), Ontario.  
1989 Established as a charter member of the International Federation of
Guide Dog Schools for the Blind, later to become the International Guide Dog Federation.

 
1989 First Canadian obtained certification as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor within internationally recognized training program.  
1990 100th guide dog team graduated in June.  
1991 Second Canadian obtained certification as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor within internationally recognized training program.  
1991 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind manufactured our first “guider” and launches our Donation Dog Fundraising Program.  
1992 First accreditation received from International Federation of Guide Dog Schools for the Blind.  
1993 200th guide dog team graduated.  
1993 Third and Fourth Canadians obtained certification as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor within internationally recognized training program.  
1994 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrated 10th Anniversary.  
1995 Fifth and sixth Canadians obtained certification as Guide Dog Mobility Instructors within internationally recognized training program.  
1996 300th guide dog team graduated.  
1999 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind develops the Guide Dog Founders’ Brick Path & Garden on the property of our National Training Centre.  
1999 400th guide dog team graduated in August.  
2001 1000th puppy placed in Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Puppy Walking Program.  
2001 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind opens a kennel extension.  
2003 500th guide dog team graduated.
 
2004 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrated 20th Anniversary.  
2006 Jane Thornton, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, elected as Director with the International Guide Dog Federation for a four-year term.  
2007 600th guide dog team graduated.  
2008 New observation section and whelping area opened in kennels building.  
2009 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrated 25th Anniversary.  
2010 Jane Thornton re-elected as Director, before being elected as Chair of the International Guide Dog Federation.  
2010 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind launched Assistance Dogs Division and became member of Assistance Dogs International.
 
2010 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind hosted the International Guide Dog
Federation Seminar in Ottawa, hosting 265 delegates from 24 countries.
 
2012 First guide dog from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind graduated in a Canadian territory; Nunavut.  
2014 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrated 30th Anniversary.  
2015 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind passed accreditation with Assistance Dogs International.  
2016 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind passed accreditation with International Guide Dog Federation.  
2017 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind opened our Canine Development Centre.
 
2018 850th guide dog team graduated.
 
2019 Building a new Client Residence and Kennel