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

    The Association has elected Dr. Sherman Tung of Vancouver as president, Dr. Lloyd Mah of Coquitlam as vice-president and Dr. Daniel Derksen of Williams Lake as secretary-treasurer.The election also saw three new directors join the board for two-year terms: Dr. Brenda Horner of New Westminster, Dr. Murray Hurlbert of Maple Ridge and Dr. Michael Kellam, who practices in Nanaimo and Lady Smith.

    The Association’s board also includes Dr. Surjinder Sahota of Abbotsford, who is past president, Dr. Paul Geneau of Nanaimo who is B.C.’s representative to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, and two other directors who are serving the remainder of their two-year terms: Dr. Michelle Elliott of Surrey and Dr. Trevor Miranda of Chemainus and Cobble Hill.

    The Association also honoured three Doctors of Optometry who have exemplified a commitment to the profession of optometry: Dr. Mary Lou Riederer of Abbotsford, Dr. Brad McDougall of Vancouver and Dr. Pavan Avinashi, who practices in North Vancouver and West Vancouver.

    Described as a ‘visionary’ for her commitment to the profession and dedication to children’s vision, Dr. Riederer was presented with BCAO’s 2013 President’s Award. In addition to her Doctor of Optometry degree, Dr. Riederer holds a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from Simon Fraser University. She has distinguished herself as an expert in the area of visual perception and learning disabilities, graduating with Cum Laude recognition.

    Honored for his volunteer work, mentorship, and commitment to the profession of optometry, Dr. McDougall was presented with BCAO’s 2013 Optometrist of the Year award. Dr. McDougall runs the optometry clinic for the Special Olympics, and has volunteered on third world eye care trips to Mexico, Ethiopia and Nicaragua.

    Recognized as an outstanding member in practice for less than 10 years, Dr. Avinashi was presented with BCAO’s 2013 Young Optometrist of the Year award. Dr. Avinashi’s strong interest in humanitarian work has led to various fundraising campaigns supporting a range of third world eye care societies. In 2007, he founded and produced “Vision” – a benefit for the Canadian Eye Charity Society. He also routinely travels to northern B.C. to provide eye care services to under-serviced communities.

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