History of the Regional Client Advisory Committee
To help improve our services and build a stronger connection with the blindness and low vision community, we launched the new Regional Advisory Committee initiative in 2019.
Two groups formed—with eight clients from regional areas and nine clients from metropolitan areas—to meet each month for consultation.
The meetings supported our goal of giving the people who access our services a voice, to inform what we do here at Guide Dogs and ensure we create positive outcomes for people with low vision and blindness. Common agenda items included:
- Guide Dogs’ purpose statement and how we “bring it to life”
- ideas for future services
- and many more.
The initiative was under review from September until December, with an external consultant completing individual interviews, surveys and group discussions.
A report outlining a list of recommendations was provided to the Executive and Board for final decision making on the future of the Committees.
We would like to thank the members who participated in the initial pilot phase of the Regional Advisory Committee: Bronwyn Drew, Mark Scofield, Carol Thorndike, Scott Grimley, Harrison Kirkwood, Neil McKay, Bruce McCallister, Bernadette Packer, Steve Fox, Elizabeth Wheeler, Annmaree Yee, Gabrielle Ringger, Janine Evans, Alan Hall, Jatin Dhanji, James Bevan and Naomi Bolter.