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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) is a national, non-profit, registered, charitable organization that was founded in 1984. The mission statement is:

"To assist visually-impaired Canadians with their mobility by providing and training them in the use of professionally trained Guide Dogs."

Initially, the Centre was housed in rental properties and in 1987 the building of the current National Training Centre was completed just outside of Manotick, Ontario (16 miles south of Ottawa). The Training Centre is situated on 9 acres and includes a kennel that can house 30 dogs. The main house has accommodation for eight students and administration offices.

CGDB is a founding member of the International Guide Dog Federation which now has world-wide membership.

The Management and Foundation Board members of CGDB are volunteers from across Canada. CGDB is funded by donations received from individuals, corporations, service clubs, Foundations and fundraising events.
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.
Successes to Date
1984 First Guide Dog Team graduated in July.  
1985 CGDB becomes the first Guide Dog school to receive provincial accreditation within the Blind Persons' Rights Act of Ontario.  
1986 First litter of puppies born in CGDB breeding program.  
1987 100th puppy placed on Puppy Walking program.

Began construction of Training Centre in Manotick.
 
1988 National Training Centre officially opened.  
1989 Established as a charter member of the International Federation of Guide Dog Schools for the Blind.

First Canadian obtained certification as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor under internationally recognized training program (after completing the 3-year apprentice program).
 
1990 100th Guide Dog team graduated in June.

21st Litter of Pups born in CGDB breeding program.
 
1991 Second Canadian obtained certification as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor under internationally recognized training program.  
1992 Passed on-site inspection by IFGDSB.

Opened B.C. Branch office in Richmond, B.C.
 
1993 Third and Fourth Canadians obtained certification as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor under internationally recognized training program.

200th Guide Dog team graduated.
 
1994 10th Anniversary of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, marked by a weekend celebration.  
1995 Fifth and Sixth Canadians obtained certification as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor under internationally recognized training program.  
1996 300th Guide Dog team graduated in November.  
1997 Began establishing fundraising Chapters across Canada.  
1998 Seventh and Eighth Canadians obtained certification as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor under internationally recognized training program.  
1999 400th Guide Dog team graduated in August.  
2001 1000th Pup placed on the Puppy Walking Program.  
2003 500th Guide Dog team graduated.  
2004 20th Anniversary of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.  
2006 Jane Thornton, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, elected as Director of International Guide Dog Federation  
2007 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind graduates six-hundredth working guide dog team  
2009 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrates its 25th Anniversary  
2010 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind launches the CGDB Assistance Dogs Division  
2010 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind hosts the International Guide Dog Federation Seminar  
2010 Jane Thornton, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, elected as Chair of International Guide Dog Federation  
2012 First guide dog provided to resident of a Canadian Territory; Iqaluit, Nunavut  
2014 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrates 30th Anniversary  
     
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