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    B.C. Association of Optometrists honours optometrist from Campbell River for outstanding leadership

    Vancouver, June 12, 2008 – The B.C. Association of Optometrists has honoured optometrist Dr. Tanya Flood with the coveted President's Award for her pivotal role in shaping the face of optometry in British Columbia through a period of change and transition.

    Dr. Flood has spent 10 years practicing optometry in Campbell River and Courtenay where she is a co-owner of Coastal Eye Care Centres. She first became active with the B.C. Association of Optometrists in 1998, soon after graduation from the University of Waterloo's School of Optometry. As the first female chair of the B.C. Board of Examiners in Optometry (the regulatory body of the profession) from 2005 to 2006, Dr. Flood led the development of the new regulatory framework for the profession of optometry, including bylaws and standards of practice for the transition under the BC Health Professions Act, and opened up real dialogue with all optometrists practicing in B.C.

    “I am incredibly honoured to receive this prestigious award,” says Dr. Flood. “I also commend the B.C. Association of Optometrists and the B.C. Board of Examiners for working together to facilitate a strong profession and to ensure high standards of patient care are upheld in B.C.”

    Dr. Flood, a proud mother of three, has also been actively involved in her local community. She volunteers her time and eye care services to children in remote areas and to seniors in North Island care facilities. She is currently a member of the board of directors for Success By 6 in Campbell River, an early childhood development initiative dedicated to providing all children with a good start in life.

    The B.C. Association of Optometrists represents 460 optometrists working in 102 communities throughout the province. The association strives to maintain the highest standards of professional skill and knowledge among optometrists, is dedicated to promoting eye health awareness among the public, and is a vigilant voice on issues affecting the eye care and general health of British Columbians.

    Optometrists specialize in examining, diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and related structures.

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    Mahafrine Petigara, media relations, 604.623.3007