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    B.C. Association of Optometrists re-elects executive and council

    Vancouver, June 9, 2008 – The B.C. Association of Optometrists has re-elected Victoria optometrist Dr. Paul Neumann as president, North Vancouver's Dr. Antoinette Dumalo as vice-president and Creston's Dr. Larry Fluss as treasurer for a second, one-year term to represent B.C. optometrists.

    The election results were announced on June 8 during the association's annual general meeting, which also saw one new regional councillor elected and nine councillors re-elected.

    New to council is Abbotsford's Dr. Surjinder Sahota, one of three optometrists representing the Greater Vancouver district. Returning council members for the Greater Vancouver district are Dr. Ravdeep Chatha who practices in Vancouver and Richmond, Dr. Marnie Tucker Spino of Vancouver and Dr. John Jantzi of Langley. Dr. Elaine Kerr, who practices in Courtenay and Campbell River, continues to serve as a councillor for the Upper Island district, while Dr. Victor Chin represents Victoria, Dr. John Kemp of Kelowna represents the Okanagan/Mainline district, Dr. Jonathan Proctor of Nelson represents the Kootenays, and Dr. Rebecca Counts of Terrace represents the North district.

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

    Optometrists specialize in examining, diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and related structures. Children need to have their eyes examined by six months, at three years, before school entry 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 and vision, visit www.whatcouldbemoreimportant.com.

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    For more information contact:

    Mahafrine Petigara, media relations, 604.623.3007