We were deeply saddened by the passing of our former Board Member and great friend Dr John Vance OAM.

John was an active member of our Guide Dogs community for 23 years and an incredible advocate for the blind and low vision community. John was elected as a Guide Dogs Board Director in August 2008 and until recently, was also the Chair of the Client Services Liaison Committee and a member of the Volunteer Peer Support Program. He passionately advocated on issues such as disability parking access for Queenslanders and accessibility issues on the Queensland Rail network.

John also assisted in the training of staff to ensure they could best help people with low or no vision. He was recognised for his enormous ongoing contribution by being awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2014 for services to the blind and vision impaired.

In November 2011, John was matched with Guide Dog ‘Vogue,’ who became his steadfast and loyal companion.

John was an invaluable member of our community and is greatly missed.

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