CEO Elizabeth Barnes with yellow labrador puppy

From our CEO’s Desk

18 January, 2021

CEO Elizabeth Barnes with Ambassador Dog Annie

Over the past few months we were privileged to be involved in a number of special events and celebrate the wonderful contribution of many who help our Guide Dogs provide independence, hope and opportunity.


We were only able to celebrate one Graduation Ceremony in 2020, but what a highlight it was for me, being the first I have attended since joining Guide Dogs WA as CEO. This inspiring and touching event was a lovely way to bring together all the individuals who have contributed to the training of our extraordinary Guide Dogs and see first-hand the impact these precious companions have on the lives of their handler.


I also had the opportunity to attend the Central Park Plunge in November and while I was very happy to be part of the event from ground level, I was in awe of the many individuals who raised critical funds for Guide Dogs WA and so bravely took the plunge.


We are very fortunate to live in Western Australia and be in a position to hold these events, and above all we are incredibly proud to continue our specialised training program knowing that many lives are touched because of the gift of a life changing Guide Dog.


A very big welcome to the new puppies that have recently joined us. Because of your support, we know they are on the path to achieving great things. You should feel proud.


As the need for Guide and Assistance Dogs continues to grow, Guide Dogs WA is extremely excited to be embarking on the journey of establishing a world class Guide and Assistance Dog breeding program right here in WA. We look forward to sharing further updates along the way.


All this and so much more would not be possible without the continued support of the Western Australian community. To all our supporters, partners, volunteers, event participants and staff thank you for everything you do to help transform the lives of people living with low vision, disability or illness.


With best wishes for the year ahead.


Elizabeth Barnes

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