Meet the Team: Chris
22 Mar 2018
Meet Chris Graney, our Coromandel/Bay of Plenty/East Cape Health and Safety Advisor. As well as being a bit of a health and safety guru, he is a proud foster parent to Ayla, a 15-week old Blind Foundation puppy. In the lead up to the Blind Foundation’s Red Puppy Appeal, we spoke to Chris about what it takes to be a “puppy walker”.
For Chris, fostering guide dog puppies like Ayla is all about giving back to the community.
“You get a real buzz from the chance to help give someone a better life and the chance to get out and about a bit more. It’s a really fulfilling experience - it’s the least we can do, really.
“A guide dog can achieve so much in the community for someone who really needs it.”
A NEBOSH-qualified advisor with a wealth of health and safety experience, Chris took on the role of dedicated Coromandel/Bay of Plenty/East Cape advisor in 2011 after joining Site Safe in 2008.
Ayla is the second guide dog puppy Chris and his family have fostered, with Brenna, their first, now off in Auckland for training, to hopefully graduate as a guide dog.
Fostering a guide dog pup is not without its challenges. Puppy walkers like Chris and his wife Amanda must ensure Ayla is well socialised, calm and that she can obey basic commands. As part of making sure she is comfortable in public spaces, they have to take Ayla on buses, trains and into shops – everywhere her future owner might need her to go.
Chris says the playful pup makes a great companion for his two children, Matthew, 11, and Emily, 8. Independent and inquisitive, Ayla loves to run off with work boots, newspapers, cushions, socks and anything that looks fun.
Chris is just one of the dedicated and unique individuals that make up our diverse nationwide Site Safe team.
Brenna and Ayla