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A photograph from the opening of the Cameron Centre with Dale Cleaver, James Mueke and Doug Cameron

Doug Cameron, founding member of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and philanthropist has been nominated for Senior Australian of the Year 2021.

Mr Cameron was instrumental in the establishment of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT in 1957 and was made an honorary life member in 2011 in acknowledgement of his continued participation in the Guide Dogs movement, and assistance establishing Guide Dogs Centres in other states.

“Congratulations to Doug Cameron on this wonderful nomination! It is fitting recognition for the immense contribution Doug has made to the Guide Dog effort in Australia from its inception more than 60 years ago, to present day,” said Dale Cleaver, CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

In March 2020, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT officially opened The Cameron Centre in Parramatta, named in honour of Mr Cameron, as a major benefactor of the Centre.

The Cameron Centre provides vital eye health care and support services for the one million residents of Western Sydney, addressing the growing demand for health services in the region. The Centre offers a three-phased approach to eye health that proactively supports people through every stage of their eye health journey:

  • Prevention and early detection services through the Centre for Eye Health;
  • Services for people with low vision or blindness, that Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is best known for – including Orientation and Mobility, Guide Dogs, assistive technology and more;
  • Services that connect Clients to each other through peer support, or to their community.

With the opening of The Cameron Centre, Mr Cameron’s legacy will have a lasting impact on the Western Sydney community for years to come.

Read more about Dog’s contribution to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT on pages 12 and 13 of our 2019 Annual Report.

Find out more about the history of Guide Dogs in Australia.