Side by Side
Fall/Winter 2016 Edition


A Special Thank You

Win a trip anywhere WestJet Flies

Board of Directors

Gift Shop


More Events

UK Day Garden Party & Tea

CGDB Open Tour Day

International Guide Dog Day

Puppy Walker


Christmas Chocolate Fundraiser


2017 Ottawa Edition of Entertainment Books

Colouring Contest for Kids!


Obituaries and Memorial Tributes

Our People…

Our Dogs…

“Fall Flashback”…..

Editor’s note:

Welcome to Side by Side, the official newsletter of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is the Fall / Winter 2016 edition, Volume 31, Number 2.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a founding member of the International Guide Dog Federation, a Member of Assistance Dogs International Inc., and a member of the Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools.

Our registered charity number is 1064 6819 RR0001.

Our website is

A special thank you to the following businesses which have donated goods or services to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:

American Airlines “Puppies in Flight” Program
Aventix Animal Health Corporation
Bayer Healthcare Animal Health
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
Canada Summer Jobs 2016
Elanco Animal Health Canada
Merck Canada
Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank the many Ontario stores that have supported us through the sale of Nevada tickets in the past year, including:

Big Bee Convenience, Hamilton
City Convenience, Hamilton
Corvette Smoke & Gift, Scarborough
Dairy Way Convenience, Oshawa
Happy Variety, Kitchener
Hilltop Variety, Elora
I & A Convenience, Tecumseh
International News, Etobicoke & Hamilton
Mac’s Convenience Stores in Peterborough, Brampton, Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa, Windsor, Whitby, Barrie, Oakville, Beaverton, London, Grand Valley, Trenton, and Smiths Falls
Malton Variety, Mississauga
Mrs. Coopers Convenience, London
Pete’s Subs & Burgers, Peterborough
Piggly Wiggly, Newscastle
Stop Variety, Toronto
Sunrise Convenience, Cambridge
Ultramar, Caledon

You can win a trip anywhere WestJet flies. Suggestions may include London, England, Kingston, Jamaica, Los Angeles, California, or wherever your heart and imagination lead you.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is conducting a raffle for a WestJet “Gift of Flight”. You can win a return trip for two people to any scheduled WestJet destination, including all fees and taxes. A maximum of 705 tickets will be sold. Cost is twenty dollars per ticket. The draw is December 30, 2016. The prize of a Gift of Flight has been donated by WestJet with 100% of the proceeds supporting the training of guide dogs and assistance dogs. Flights are from City A to City B and must return from City B to City A – no open jaw bookings. Complete raffle rules are available upon request. The raffle is open to Ontario residents only, 18 or order. Lottery license number M776596. Get your tickets today by phoning (613) 692-7777 or online at

Here is a current list of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Board of Directors:

Heather E. Skuce, Chair
Edward K. Mann, Vice-Chair
Ronald Burns, Secretary
William Wolfenden, Treasurer
Mary Jane Binks, Director
Marilyn Guty, Director
Jane E. Thornton, Director

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has a gift shop. In each newsletter, we highlight six items available for purchase.

This time, we feature our newest Christmas card, featuring the head of a yellow Labrador retriever in front of a Christmas tree. Cards come in packages of ten with ten envelopes and sell for twelve dollars.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind sells custom engraved dog tags. You choose the engraving of up to four lines on each tag. These are great in case your dog or other pet gets away from you. Pet tags are six dollars and come in multiple colours.

Our duffle bags with our logo sell for twenty dollars. Duffle bags are red. They are great for carrying items, but when not in use fold down into a square for easy transport.

Our latest t-shirt is sand in colour and features two golden retriever pups on the front. T-shirts sell for twenty dollars and are available in sizes small through double XL.

Our Nordic touque can keep you warm this winter. Our touques red and feature a black Lab face on the front. Touques are twenty dollars.

Finally, don’t forget about our WestJet raffle. More information is available on page 2. You can order WestJet raffle tickets right up until our draw, which will be on December 30, 2016.

For any of our gift items, you can print the order form from the graphics version of our newsletter; order online at in our gift shop; or phone us at (613) 692-7777.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Events:

Pet Pictures with Santa
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has received tremendous support from Pet Food ‘n More for many years. The chain, with seven stores in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver area) of British Columbia, hosts Pet Pictures each holiday season. In 2015, Pet Food ‘n More contributed an incredible amount of $22,459.06 to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Check their website for updates on future Pet Pictures with Santa events at Pictured is Pet Food ‘n More Regional Manager, Dylan Grant, with guide dog in training Hamish, presenting proceeds from last year’s event.

Show Us Your Heart at Global Pet Foods
For a third consecutive year, the Global Pet Foods store at 3191 Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven (Ottawa, Ontario) selected Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind as their charity of choice for the “Show Us Your Heart” Campaign. Global Pet Foods and a national dog food company matched every $1 donation and held other in-store contests, events and promotions. This is a national campaign by Global Pet Foods helping various animal shelters. The Barrhaven location received special permission from their head office to forgo collecting for a shelter, and instead collected funds for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Global Pet Foods Barrhaven is located just 6-kms from the National Training Centre of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Merivale Optometric Centre “Trunk Show”
Merivale Optometric Centre in Ottawa hosted their 4th annual “Trunk Show” on May 12, 2016. The evening featured complimentary food and drink and a large selection of men’s and women’s glasses at exclusive discounts, including many high end and fashion brands. A couple of our pups were on hand too, including Tesla, as proceeds from the evening benefited Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Dining in the Dark
Dining in the Dark at Chances R Restaurant in Ottawa was as much fun as ever on May 16, 2016. The 7th annual event sold out very quickly. The evening features live music and drinks on the patio before being blindfolded and entering into the blacked-out restaurant for a four course meal in the dark. The Chances R staff all donate their time for the evening and the restaurant has been kind enough to continue to support Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind through this amazing event. Sign up for the restaurant’s email blast to be the first to know about the 2017 event;

Dollar$ for Dog$
Our 32nd annual fundraising walk, Dollar$ for Dog$, took place on May 29, 2016. The event, always on the last Sunday in May, is meant for everyone with a dog to come to Andrew Haydon Park in Ottawa for a dog social, 4-km walk, and bbq. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us and join us for the great morning event, which raised $22,000 for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Special thanks to our major sponsors: Smith Petrie Carr & Scott Insurance Brokers Ltd.; Personal Touch Courier, Stephen Campbell of M&M Food Markets Manotick; and Jewel 98.5. Pictured are Jane Thornton, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind C.O.O. (left) with participants who raised more than $1,000 each: (From left to right) Jean-Marc Chenier; Sheila Burvill; Lilo Volkmer; Pam Middleton; Anne Armitage.

Doors Open Ottawa
More than 1,600 came through the National Training Centre of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind on June 4, 2016. Our open house was promoted as part of the “Doors Open Ottawa” event, in which over 130 of Ottawa’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings opened to the public. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind isn’t open to the public for tours on a daily basis, so this annual event enables us to show people our National Training Centre, including our residential and kennel buildings. We also held guide dog training demonstrations throughout the day and had many of our guide dogs and guide dogs in training on-site. Doors Open Ottawa takes place every year on the first weekend of June.

More Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Events:

Ottawa New Horizons Jazz Concert

It was a fantastic night of jazz music on June 10, 2016. Under the direction of Brian Asselin, Ottawa New Horizons Jazz Band hosted their third annual concert as a fundraiser for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, at Orchard View Conference Centre in Ottawa. The amazing part is that every member of the band donates their time and talent to the evening. The event is organized by Manotick Veterinary Hospital, which has a close relationship with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, and specifically Tracy and Carol at the vet clinic. The band plays traditional songs and big band sounds, right up to current artists such as Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. Amazing!

UK Day Garden Party & Tea

In the tradition of British high tea, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind hosted our annual UK Day Garden Party & Tea on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Scones, prepared by the Chef of the British High Commissioner to Canada, were served, along with imported English Double Devon Cream, donated by Bakker’s General Store, Manotick. The day also included Clarence & Cripps on-site, a British foods and wares importer based in Hudson, Quebec. Live music was provided by KONTRAST the band. We even had a few British classic vehicles on display. Be sure to join us in 2017 for this annual event.

CGDB Open Tour Day

For those who missed Doors Open Ottawa in June, we offered a second opportunity this summer to visit and tour our National Training Centre on July 28, 2016. The day prior, we had a visit from Sarah Freemark and crew from CTV Morning Live to promote the event.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 was International Guide Dog Day.

To help raise awareness of guide and assistance dogs, 7-Eleven Canada joined forces with the Canadian Association of Guide & Assistance Dog Schools (CAGADS), of which Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a member. 7-Eleven Canada supported CAGADS throughout April by collecting customer coin box donations from all its stores across the country, and publicizing employee training and general awareness videos.

"Customer service is important to us and we're always looking for ways to improve," says Raj Kapoor, Vice President and General Manager, 7-Eleven Canada. "We see a value in promoting awareness of guide and assistance dogs, both with our employees and the general public."

Other components of the 7-Eleven Canada guide and assistance dogs campaign included in-store awareness posters, promoting CAGADS member fundraising initiatives via its social media channels and a media relations campaign.

To learn more about the Canadian Association of Guide & Assistance Dog Schools visit

Puppy Walker

Our dogs go everywhere. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Walker Iain Main and guide dog in training, Stanley, stood with three ceremonial guards at the entrance to Rideau Hall in April 2016, before the preview screening of Jean Daniel Lafond's documentary Michaëlle Jean, A Woman of Purpose. Since 1867, Rideau Hall has been the official residence and workplace of the Governor General of Canada, and has also been described as "Canada's house". The moment was captured and the photo is featured in our print version of Side by Side.


Duke III, a yellow Labrador retriever, was born in November 2014 and, shortly thereafter, was introduced to The Bernier Family. Tina Bernier, who marks ten years of volunteering with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2016, was Duke’s puppy walker, responsible for raising him in her home, teaching basic obedience and socialization. “He is actually property of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. He was one of the puppies in training, and lived with my family since he was nine weeks old”, says Tina.

When asked what it’s like being a puppy walker, Tina says, “It’s very rewarding. You get very attached because they’re such a loveable breed. He has a really big heart. He’s a happy dog, and all he wants is some attention and to be able to please you. He fit into our family really well. It’s a lot of work to do the training, but it’s really rewarding to see them come so far. He had a working jacket he wore when he went out.”

According to Tina, Duke knew when he was working. “When his jacket was on, he knew there were different expectations. So, it was kind of funny to see when he was in a situation with his jacket on and people said, ‘He’s so calm, he’s just so down to earth and laid back’; and I said, ‘Yeah, wait until the jacket’s off and he’s at home because he’s kind of a crazy, regular puppy’”.

Like fully-trained guide dogs, the younger dogs in training are focused and ignoring distractions while working. At home though, they are simply a dog. Obedience and good behaviour are expected, but their life consists of both working, plus down time and play time inside the home.

Tina says, “While walking on a leash, it’s important for them to learn to have good manners. Walking on the road in the neighbourhood, he needed to be right beside me.” Guide dogs in training blossom from very young pups, getting into mischief, to mature adults ready to lead a person who is blind or visually impaired safely from point A to point B.

Duke learned good behaviour and Tina took him everywhere she went. Wearing his jacket, which identified him as a guide dog in training, Duke went to doctor’s appointments, fitness classes, and many other places Tina frequented. While she was occupied, Duke just hung around and waited, showing tremendous patience and calmness which most pet dogs could not exhibit. “He knew that was his time to be near me”, says Tina. “He had to pay attention to me, which is why I asked people not to pet the dog when the jacket is on and take his attention away.”

At times, during training, occasional and planned distraction can be a good thing though. Tina says, “He had to learn that when the jacket is on there are going to be distractions around him and he had to avoid that. He could certainly look around, but he could not try to pull and go meet people.”

Tina met with the Puppy Walking Supervisor from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind approximately once per month and did the homework she was given. She and Duke also attended weekly obedience classes provided by the organization. “This really helps you develop your confidence as well as the dog’s confidence”, Tina says. “In the end you are giving back to the community in a way that’s really tangible, and that, for me, was really important when my kids were young. They were able to give back, to learn how to be selfless in a tangible way; like raising a dog, and then passing them on to do a job that they were born to do.”

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is hosting a Christmas chocolate fundraiser in the Ottawa area.

Order chocolate for the holidays from Purdy’s Chocolatier in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Order and pay online and pick up at our National Training Centre. Prices are the same as in Purdy’s stores, but through the online sale, you’ll be supporting us at the same time.

Here’s how to order online:

Go to
Register and sign up.
Log into group 33353, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Place your Christmas chocolate order by November 28, 2016.
Pick up your order at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick, at your convenience, during business hours, between December 19 and December 23, 2016.

You can start a workplace campaign or corporate gifts and we’ll deliver to your office. For help with ordering, more information, or to order by phone instead, call us at (613) 692-7777.


Darlene Wournell was eight years old when she started losing sight in her left eye. At first, the doctor thought it was “lazy eye”. Her vision was totally gone in the left eye by age eleven when a tumor was discovered.

Darlene underwent surgery at age seventeen and the tumour was removed. However, Darlene became quite sick after the surgery and, incredibly, another tumor was found on her right optic nerve at the age of nineteen. It was a Meningioma tumor. These are rare benign tumors of the optic nerve, more common in adults, but rarely seen in children. The doctor thought he could salvage some vision by it, but Darlene remembers the date of January 10, 1995 as the day she had no vision at all. This was in her final year of high school.

All of this sounds like a lot for a teenager to have to deal with. However, Darlene says, “I could feel sorry for myself or move on with life and make something of it”. Darlene has a positive attitude and was also a keen learner. Having fallen behind in school due to her circumstances, she focused on learning new things such as Braille, using computers with speaking and voice recognition capabilities, and walking with a White Cane. Darlene didn’t know anyone else who was blind at that time, so it was a challenge learning all of this. Her positive attitude was a great motivator.

Darlene says, “I didn’t want to be depressed. I didn’t want anyone else to be depressed about it either, so I had to encourage others to ‘get over it’.” She continued her education at a school for the blind. She was able to pursue her formal education there while, at the same time, learn things such as daily and independent living skills to adapt to her visual impairment. She was able to return to graduate at her public school by age twenty-one.

Shortly thereafter, Darlene started training with her first guide dog. She applied to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) based on a friend’s experience with her dog. Darlene was petrified at the idea of leaving her home and traveling to the National Training Centre of CGDB for training. Her fear turned to comfort after arriving. Darlene says, “The staff was very welcoming and accommodating. I felt very comfortable”. She was one of eight to graduate from her class before heading home to Halifax with her new guide dog “Annie”. Annie provided Darlene with more independence. “I could go out without relying on someone. I could just go on my own”, says Darlene. “I could travel most places where and when I wanted to. Annie would navigate malls, crowds, obstacles, and could travel on buses and airplanes”.

Darlene also had one experience with Annie that she still remembers vividly. She was ready to cross a four-way intersection when Annie stopped and put her two front paws on Darlene’s chest knocking her back. A car had sped through the intersection without stopping. Darlene says, “Annie saved my life”. In reality, Annie saved two lives that day, as Darlene was pregnant with her son at that time, on the way to a doctor’s appointment.

Upon Annie’s retirement, Darlene would return to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind for another guide dog. Her second dog was “Orwell”. Darlene was much less stressed heading back to the Training Centre. She knew what to expect and the fear of the unknown was no longer prevalent. In 2011, Darlene received “Oreo”, her third guide dog. During that training session, Darlene commented, “It’s like coming back home”. This is a far cry from the fear preceding her first time several years prior. But, like everything else in life, Darlene’s ability to adapt comes forward and her positive attitude shines through like a beautiful sunset on a red sand beach on Prince Edward Island. Darlene moved from Halifax and now resides in a small town on Prince Edward Island with her fourth guide dog, Jacques, whom she received in July 2016.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind sells the 2017 Ottawa Edition of Entertainment Books.

Entertainment Books can help you and your family save on expenses. An Entertainment Book can easily pay for itself using just one coupon. Save on dining, shopping, travel, entertainment and more. Order your Entertainment Book though Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind to assist in our fundraising program. Stop by Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick, Ontario to purchase your book for $35, taxes included. Our office is open weekdays from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Colouring Contest for Kids!

Children 12 and younger can print our colouring contest sheet from our website at Send it to us for the chance to win a terrific prize. Prizes are awarded every three months.

Some children continue to select Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind for “Project Give Back”.

Dear Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:
My name is Talia and I am a grade four student at Associated Hebrew School. I was assigned a project to teach my class
about a charity that has touched my heart……I believe when I get older I should raise more money. Learning about your charity was a great opportunity. I learned so much. Thank you.

My name is Greg. I am a grade five student. I have learned that dogs can help the world and make it a better place for blind people. Thank you for giving blind people a chance to live the proper life with a very helpful guide dog.

Stacy Bleeks and his guide dog Luna paid a visit to A Gym Tale in the Ottawa neighbourhood of Barrhaven during their 2016 spring break program to educate children about Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Founded in 1915, Elmwood School is an independent day school for girls, located in Rockcliffe Park in Ottawa. Elmwood students are divided into four Houses, each named after a prominent and inspirational woman in history. 2016 marks the 23rd consecutive year that Keller House has chosen Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind as the beneficiary of their annual fundraiser. This year’s “Keller Cookout” occurred on May 4, 2016. Emily Wright, head of Keller House, organized the event.

Kudos to Andrew Coxall, a student at St. Francis Xavier High School in Ottawa. In lieu of birthday gifts, Andrew collected money for his birthday, which he donated to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. It was the second year he did this and he has raised $600 to date, which has been used to purchase dog crates. To show our appreciation, Christine Duport-Switzer and her guide dog Erie paid a visit to Andrew and his grade seven religion class in June 2016. Thank you Andrew!

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind operates solely through donations. There are several ways you can contribute.

Pre-authorized debits:
Arrange for automatic monthly withdrawals from your bank account on the first business day of the month. You’ll need to complete a PAD agreement. Email to request the agreement. A tax receipt will be issued at the end of the year for the total amount donated.

Online donation with the Royal Bank of Canada:
This is available only to RBC clients. Select Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind as the Payee and enter donation amount. You must have your individual Donor ID which can be requested by email at by giving your name and address, or by phoning our office at (613) 692-7777 and speaking with our Bookkeeping Department.

Cheque or Money Order:
Make payable to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Cheques and money orders can be mailed to PO Box 280, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3.

Donate in person at our National Training Centre, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick, Ontario.

Online donation via credit card payment:
Visit our website at You can donate using Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Monthly credit card payment:
Phone our office at (613) 692-7777 to set up payment on the first or the fifteenth day of each month. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. A tax receipt will be issued at the end of the year for the annual amount donated.

Gifts of shares, stock options, life insurance, bequests, wills and capital property:
Please call us for more information or have your legal or financial representative contact us at (613) 692-7777.

Thank you for donating to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Obituaries and Memorial Tributes

Obituaries and Guide Dog Memorial Tributes may be submitted to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, PO Box 280, Manotick, ON, K4M 1A3; or by email to Only submitted tributes are published.

Our People…

Adele Dubrofsky
Adele was a wonderful lady with a terrific spirit. Adele was a long-time client of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Her last guide dog was a spunky black Labrador retriever named Nina. We offer our condolences to Saul, Adele’s husband of forty-four years, and her entire family.

Deborah McLaren
Deb found peace from her Multiple Sclerosis on April 27, 2016 with her husband of 40 years at her side. Deb was very grateful to have her assistance dog Pippa from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. We offer our condolences to Wayne and family.

Georgie McCuaig
It is with great sadness that we notify you our dear friend Georgie McCuaig passed away peacefully on April 6, 2016, at age 99. Georgie lived life to its fullest until the end. Georgie was one of the first volunteers for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, raising puppies in the formative stages of the organization. Georgie was also a past Board Member of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Our Dogs…

I am deeply saddened that my first guide dog Kelly passed away at the age of 15. Smart and funny, strong and loyal, cute as a button but stubborn as a mule, you will be deeply missed by many. You were my very first guide dog and will always hold a very special place in my heart. Thank you for giving me wonderful memories and for being a great part of my life.
Love always, your master Daniel, your grand-parents Denise & Henri and the rest of your family

Ureka passed away in September 2016 after a very long and happy life. Ureka was the retired guide dog of the late Joyce Patterson (my Mom), and I had the chance to enjoy her for a few years as my dog upon her retirement. She will be greatly missed. Diana Noriel

“Fall Flashback”…..

In honour of Georgie McCuaig, we flashback to an article published in the Ottawa Citizen on December 1, 1986, written by Marjorie Gillies, Ottawa Citizen Staff Writer:

Don’t expect to contact Georgie McCuaig by phone after 9 in the morning or before 7 at night. She’s too busy tramping the fields surrounding her Manotick Station home with a couple of frisky pups.

Retired from a long career with the communications branch of the National Research Council, McCuaig is one of 25 puppy walkers participating in a special Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind program. And she loves it.

“I hate being cooped up in a house,” says the sprightly 70-year-old McCuaig.

To ensure that seniors participating in the program aren’t put to any extra expense, Canadian Guide Dogs supplies all the food the puppies eat and pays all the veterinary bills.

Only freezing rain keeps McCuaig and her puppies indoors. And even then she’ll don extra warm clothes and take time to exercise and play with the pups in her sheltered carport to make sure they are in prime condition when they leave for the student centre in Gloucester where blind residents and adult dogs are teamed up for a 28-day training period.

A lifelong dog lover, McCuaig has her own techniques for training puppies while still keeping to the rules about schooling potential guide dogs to walk slightly in front of and to the left of the handler with a slight tension on the leash.

She’s successfully housebroken every dog she’s trained within two weeks, some within five days.

Voice control is the secret.

“Dogs really don’t understand language,” she says. “They understand tone of voice and associate behaviour with soft and angry sounding words. Quality and sincerity are essential ingredients in voice control.”

She also prevents the pups from developing bad habits. They don’t fight with other dogs, chase squirrels, birds or cars. “You’re never off duty,” McCuaig says. “But in time you can learn dog psychology and can figure out exactly what they’re thinking.”

“Saying goodbye to a 14-month-old dog you’ve spent hours of love and care on is not an easy process,” says McCuaig, who compares the experience to the way foster parents must feel when a child they have brought up leaves their home. “But as long as a person wants to be part of the program, there’s always a new puppy to replace the loss and find a way into your heart.”

Editor’s note:

At the time this article was published in 1986, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind had trained twenty guide dog teams from three provinces. We now have more than 800 graduates and dogs working in all ten provinces and one Canadian territory. The organization had 33 puppy walkers in December 1986. At the time of this publication, that number is now at 75. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has grown substantially since its’ founding. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind started in Gloucester, Ontario, in the south end of Ottawa, in 1984. It was in 1988, when the National Training Centre opened in Manotick, Ontario (also in Ottawa), a building which still serves as the home of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Many things in the Puppy Walking Program have changed, but the premise stays the same. The idea is to raise a puppy, teaching basic obedience and socialization, so that the dog can later return to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind ready to enter into formal guide dog training.

Georgie McCuaig was one of our first puppy walkers, answering an ad calling for local volunteers. She was a true ambassador for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind until she passed away in her one-hundredth year.

Fresh Holly for the Holiday Season

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is selling fresh holly for the holiday season as a fundraiser. Our holly is picked at the peak of freshness and sent directly from the grower in British Columbia to you or your gift recipient. Fresh holly makes a beautiful, unique gift for the holiday season. All proceeds support Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Holly is forty-nine dollars. Holly is shipped by Canada Post, so we must have a full mailing address, and remember to check your mailbox daily. Price of forty-nine dollars includes applicate GST and HST and shipping within Canada.

We must receive holly orders by 8:30am on November 30, 2016. Holly ships starting December 6th.

To order holly call (613) 692-7777 to order by phone. Or phone us and we’ll send you hard copy order forms.

Volunteers for gift Wrapping

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind require volunteers for gift wrapping. We’ll be hosting a gift wrapping kiosk at Place d’Orleans in December 2016. Volunteer as an individual, family or workplace team. Phone (613) 692-7777 or email to sign up to help.

This concludes Side by Side, the official newsletter magazine of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Here is our full contact information:

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
4120 Rideau Valley Drive North
PO Box 280
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A3
Telephone (613) 692-7777
Fax (613) 692-0650
Web site

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is Canadian registered charity number 10684 6819 RR0001.

This concludes Side by Side, the 2016 Fall Winter edition, Volume 31, Number 2.