Wednesday 29 April was International Guide Dog Day and we celebrated across the state with graduation ceremonies to recognise the new Handlers and Guide Dogs who qualified together as a team over the past 12 months.
This is always an important occasion on the Guide Dog calendar where we get the chance to recognise the hard work and commitment of the new Guide Dog Handlers and their Guide Dogs, as well as the many people involved in raising, training and funding of our latest generation of guides.
We were very privileged to have both the Governor of Queensland and the Deputy Premier officiate our Brisbane ceremony, as well as have the Mayors of the Gold Coast and Cairns as our special guests of our two regional events.
It was great to hear all our invited guests speak warmly about how everyone needed to feel included and welcome in our communities, including those who rely on Guide Dogs to aid their mobility.
All up we congratulated 19 new working Guide Dog teams from across the state who are now enjoying the freedom and independence to live their lives to the full.
We also recognised the dogs who have graduated onto our world-class Breeding Program, to help Guide Dogs Queensland maintain a strong breeding line into future generations of Guide Dogs.
A big congratulations to all of our newly graduated Guide Dog Teams!