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    B.C. Association of Optometrists elects new executive and honours key leaders

    The Association has re-elected Dr. Sherman Tung of Vancouver as president, elected Dr. Brenda Horner of New Westminster as vice-president and Dr. Murray Hurlbert of Maple Ridge as secretary-treasurer. The election also saw three new directors join the board for two-year terms: Dr. Amanda Farley of Vernon, Dr. Lloyd Mah of Coquitlam, Dr. Kelly Newhouse of Nelson and Dr. Melanie Sherk of White Rock.

    The Association’s board also includes Dr. Surjinder Sahota of Abbotsford who is past president, director Dr. Michael Kellam of Nanaimo and Ladysmith, and Dr. Michael Dennis from Prince George who is B.C.’s representative to the Canadian Association of Optometrists.

    The Association also honoured two Doctors of Optometry who have exemplified a commitment to the profession of optometry. Dr. Manbir Randhawa, who practices in Vancouver, was awarded the Optometrist of the Year award and Dr. Shainul Waljee, of New Westminster, was the recipient of the Young Optometrist of the Year award.

    Passionate about children’s vision and eye health, Dr. Randhawa owns and operates an independent clinic in Vancouver which has a strong focus on vision therapy. Dr. Randhawa previously served on BCAO’s executive board and chaired the Association’s PR committee. Dr. Randhawa is actively involved in the community, providing eye health seminars to students and serving as a media spokesperson to educate the public on the importance of eye health. Previously, Dr. Randhawa served as an associate professor at UBC Nursing and she currently serves on the Board for the College of Optometrists of BC.

    Recognized as an outstanding member in practice for less than 10 years, Dr. Waljee leads the eight Doctors of Optometry who practice at Family Eyecare Centre in New Westminster. Dr. Waljee graduated with distinction from the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo, following which she completed a residency program in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Waljee dedicates her time to the community through parent education seminars at local health units, and has participated in eye care missions in Mexico, Tunisia and India.

    BC Doctors of Optometry are a primary source for vision, eye health and eyewear needs. Doctors of Optometry diagnose, treat and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting the eyes and the visual system, and also assist in identifying general health conditions that are often first detected through an eye exam. To find a BC Doctor of Optometry, visit


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