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    B.C. Association of Optometrists honours optometrist from North Vancouver

    Vancouver, March 31, 2009 – The B.C. Association of Optometrists has honoured
    Dr. Newman Song with the coveted annual President’s Award for his longstanding dedication to patient care and mentorship.

    “I am deeply touched and very humbled to receive this honour,” said Dr. Song, a modest, quiet man who was visibly moved at the presentation.

    Dr. Antoinette Dumalo, president of the association, said Dr. Song’s dedication to the optometry profession and to his patients has been an inspiration for her. “I have never heard patients speak of their optometrist with such reverence and respect for their abilities as an eye care professional,” she said, noting that many patients were deeply saddened when Dr. Song retired in 2006.

    Dr. Song graduated from London’s City University in 1964. After briefly practising in South Africa, he moved to Prince George, where he became a member of the B.C. Association of Optometrists, and represented the association as regional councillor for the Prince George District. In 1970, he moved to Vancouver and opened his clinic at King Edward Avenue, where he treated patients for 37 years. He also served as the registrar for the B.C. Board of Examiners in Optometry, the regulatory body of the profession, from 1975 to 1982.

    Although Dr. Song retired a few years ago, he is back by popular demand, working part time at Mount Seymour Optometry in North Vancouver. As an example of his dedication to excellence, Dr. Song has only missed one B.C. continuing education conference in his entire career.

    The President’s Award is given at the discretion of the president to a member of the association who has contributed to the profession of optometry over many years.

    Optometrists specialize in examining, diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and related structures. It’s important children have a complete eye exam by six months, at three years, before entering school and regularly thereafter. Adults 19 to 64 should have an eye exam every two years. People with diabetes or age 65 or older should have an exam at least once a year.

    For more information on eye health, or to locate an optometrist near you, visit www.whatcouldbemoreimportant.com.

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    For more information contact:
    Mahafrine Petigara, media relations, 604.623.3007