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    Courtenay home to B.C.’s Optometrist of the Year

    Vancouver, June 11, 2008 – Courtenay and Campbell River optometrist Dr. Elaine Kerr was named Optometrist of the Year by the B.C. Association of Optometrists at its annual general meeting on June 8.

    “I am greatly humbled at receiving this award,” says Dr. Kerr. “It is a huge honour to be recognized by my peers and to be in the company of those who have received this award before me.”

    Association president Dr. Paul Neumann says Dr. Kerr has played an integral role in the optometry association for 17 years. “Throughout her career, she has taken up several important and challenging roles within the association and her contribution has been nothing short of outstanding,” says Neumann.

    Dr. Kerr graduated at the top of her class from the University of Waterloo's School of Optometry in 1991, and soon after became active in the B.C. Association of Optometrists. She currently represents the North Island as regional councillor. As chair of the association's public relations committee, Dr. Kerr has worked to develop one of the association's most successful programs, a-b-See, an awareness program for parents, teachers and children about the importance of regular eye exams and which encourages lifelong good eye health practices. She has also helped oversee the development of a television awareness campaign to educate the public about the importance of regular eye health exams.

    Dr. Kerr is also the co-owner of Coastal Eye Care Centres, which under her leadership has become one of the most advanced eye care clinics in the province. Besides providing professional eye care to the people of Comox Valley and Campbell River, Dr. Kerr has also volunteered her time and services on eye care projects in Central and South America.

    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.

    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