Guide Dog Users of Canada provides a forum for those wishing to give or receive Peer Support; educates the public about the abilities of Guide Dogs, and the rights of those partnered with guide dogs; promotes the high standards and integrity of guide dog training; and assists with individual or systemic Advocacy whenever necessary. Additionally, Guide Dog Users of Canada maintains a Wellness Fund in order to assist those individuals in financial need, partnered with guide dogs, with veterinary expenses that are not routine. Applicants must meet specified requirements at the time of application.
GDUC operates under the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, and our NFP compliant Bylaws were last updated via Ordinary Resolutions 2017-1/2017-2 which were confirmed by the membership on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Since Guide Dog Users of Canada has no paid employees, volunteers are the life blood of our organization. Over the years countless individuals have given generously of their time and talents to help us carry out our charitable activities.
Board of Directors
Our volunteer Board of Directors are all current or former guide dog handlers:
- Chris Trudell-Conklin, President
- Laurie Scott, Vice President
- Dar Wournell, Interim Secretary
- Brian Moore, Treasurer
- Kim Bannatyne, Director
- Matthew Campbell, Director
- Patti Ellis, Director
- Kim Marsden, Director
- Sharon Morton, Director
- Philip Strong, Director
- Greg Thompson, Director
Please use the following links to contact committee chairs:
- Wellness chaired by Laurie Scott;
- AGM/Conference chaired by Patti Ellis;
- Member Services chaired by Kim Bannatyne;
- Fund Development chaired by Kim Marsden;
- Two by Four, GDUC's newsletter, a collaborative effort;
- Advocacy chaired by Philip Strong;
- Public Relations & Social Media chaired by Sharon Morton;
- Technical chaired by Matthew Campbell.
Please use the following links to visit project websites:
- Consumer Access Group, CAG, Kim Marsden;
- Canadian Transportation Agency Accessibility Advisory Committee, CTA-AAC, Brian Moore;
- Marine Atlantic Accessibility advisory Committee, Chris Trudell-Conklin;
Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct outlines the behaviour and expectations of Guide Dog Users of Canada's officers, directors, members, volunteers, stakeholders, supporters, and friends.
As GDUC has a public presence, it is essential that everyone associated with the organization conduct themselves with the highest standards of courtesy, dignity, transparency, inclusiveness, respect, and above all, integrity.
GDUC does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
There is zero tolerance for intimidation, coercion, bullying, harassment, or any other type of behaviour generally unbecoming of a responsible adult.