We are proud to serve our community. As a longstanding optometrist group in Maple Ridge with over 60 years serving your eye care needs, we understand the importance of giving back to those who have supported us. Here are some of the initiatives we supported in the last year.
Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation Gala
Our optometry group has supported Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation with their fundraising gala as far back as 2005. This year, our clinic donated a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses for the silent auction and added over $3,000 more through our ticket and auction purchases. An impressive $225,000 was raised for priority needs at Ridge Meadows Hospital and we proudly consider this year a resounding success.
We have deep appreciation for the hard-working volunteers, Board of Directors and executive of the Hospital Foundation who work hard year-round to ensure that our healthcare providers have the very best tools. In recognition of their great work and that of the staff at our local hospital, we also sponsored a one day event as part of #loveyourfoundation week to celebrate the efforts of the entire Ridge Meadows Hospital family.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the leading private supporter of vision research in Canada, having funded over $32 million of ground-breaking vision research at hospitals and universities nation-wide. Maple Ridge Eye Care provides funding for the work of this charitable group each year through support of their annual fundraiser, Comic Vision. Comic Vision is a special evening where research progress is shared, patients provide real-life stories of vision loss and sponsors are recognized in the fight against blindness. Our clinic has attended this fundraiser since 2014 and this year donated $1,700 to this cause through our ticket purchases and live auction donations.
Our optician, Julian Chia, cycled 120 km in the Cycle of Sight this past June, in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, to raise funds for their advancement of retinal disease research. Julian’s father suffers from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and is one of the 1 million Canadians living with retinal disease. Our clinic donated $500 in sponsorship of Julian for this worthy cause.
The CNIB provides community-based support and knowledge for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, helping them discover the confidence and skills needed to participate more fully in life. Maple Ridge Eye Care provides annual donations to support CNIB's iniatives, including most recently, a $750 donation to the development of their Career and Employment Program in BC. We are also a proud supporter of the CNIB Phone It Forward program. Click here for more details.
Public Education & Speaking Engagements
To further increase public education, our optometrists speak to local community groups on various optical health topics. Most recently, Dr. Hurlbert spoke to a local Retirees Association on “Aging and the Eyes.” His presentation covered early detection of eye disease and information on cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Recently, both Dr. Hurlbert and Dr. Rughani spoke to Kindergarten students at elementary schools on the job of an optometrist and the importance of caring for their eyes and vision safety.