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Celebrating Bruce Ind, awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia

June 20, 2023
Bruce Ind kneeling down with Guide Dog Wallace, a yellow Labrador.

We are thrilled to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Bruce Ind – retired Board Member, Deputy Chair, long-term volunteer, client and friend of Guide Dogs SA/NT, who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the King’s Birthday 2023 Honours List.

Bruce has been awarded the OAM for his service to the community for a range of roles, including the many years he has offered his support to Guide Dogs SA/NT.

Bruce Ind has been a client for over two decades and has had three wonderful Guide Dogs, Keeley, Wallace and now Oakland. Originally a science teacher, Bruce joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in 2004, serving until 2020 as Deputy Chair.

In 2018, Bruce was appointed an Honorary Life Member of Guide Dogs SA/NT, recognising his tireless work to support our mission of enabling independence, participation, inclusion and wellbeing for our clients. During his time as a client and Board Member, Bruce has worked closely with our Dog Services team to develop clear lines of communication between Dog Services and the Board, encouraging and supporting them in their valuable work. He is a passionate advocate and a leading contributor to the Community Talks program, which provides an opportunity for school students and community groups to learn about the impact Guide Dogs SA/NT can have.

Bruce is a community-minded person, and we thank him for his outstanding support for our organisation and the many others he has served. His volunteering has also extended to the Uniting Church of Australia as a member of the South Australian Synod Standing Committee and as a delegate to the National Assembly; as Chair of the Morialta Uniting Church Council; and as a member of the Rostrevor/Campbelltown Kiwanis club since 2001 – including time as Secretary and President.

We appreciate the time Bruce has given to Guide Dogs SA/NT and we are thrilled he has been recognised in the King’s Birthday 2023 Honours List.

Bruce Ind and Guide Dog Oakland receiving a certificate on stage with Aaron Chia.

Bruce Ind and Guide Dog Oakland with Aaron Chia at Puppy Graduation.

Bruce Ind with Guide Dog Keeley and other Guide Dogs SA/T Board Members

Back to 2010, here is Bruce Ind, his first Guide Dog, Keeley, and Guide Dogs SA/NT Board Members.

Bruce Ind and Guide Dog Oakland being interviewed by Channel 7 at Government House for International Guide Dog Day 2022.

Bruce Ind being interviewed by Channel 7 at International Guide Dog Day 2022.



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