Founding member of Guide Dogs NSW-ACT and philanthropist
NSWNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021
In 1956, Apex member Doug Cameron voted to introduce guide dogs as an Australia-wide project for the organisation’s 16,000 members. He then set about bringing Guide Dogs NSW-ACT to life, initially using his Manly accounting practice as its headquarters.
As honorary secretary, Doug continued to actively support and donate to Guide Dogs NSW-ACT until it had enough support to hire staff and move to new premises – all while heading a busy Sydney accountancy firm.
He remained an active supporter and donor for the organisation and was appointed a life member of Guide Dogs NSW-ACT in 2011.
Doug and his wife Elaine donated $1 million to fund the fit-out and initial rental costs of the Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Centre for Eye Health at Parramatta. Named the Cameron Centre in Doug’s honour, it provides eye ailment prevention and peer and community support for sight-impaired people in Sydney’s west.
Doug, 93, and Elaine now live in Newcastle where Doug continues his links with Apex.