Making A Difference

Our doctors believe in giving back, whether it is within our local community or our global community.

How can you help?

Our office collects any old glasses, which you may no longer require. Primarily we send these to our local chapter of the Lion's Club. From there, the glasses are sent with students and doctors on mission trips, all over the world. We don’t care what colour or style of frame you have or if they were your grandfather’s old dusty pair – we are happy to find them a new home.

In 2010, Dr. Furniss spent 2 weeks working in an impoverished area, in Quito, Ecuador. She provided eye examinations and promoted eye safety to the people of that community. During that time, she developed a strong relationship with a mission church in Quito and she continues to send reading glasses, sunglasses and prescription glasses to those in need. Sunglasses and reading glasses are in great demand and, as this is an ongoing project, she would very much appreciate your donation of these items.

All of our doctors have been involved in various lecturing capacities; from seniors’ facilities, children’s clubs and guest lecturing at the University of Waterloo. Several of our doctors are involved with the “Eye See Eye Learn” program, giving free prescription glasses to children enrolled in Junior Kindergarten.

Our personal interests are wide and include: participating in the Ride for Refugees, walks for cancer and therapy dog training. We all are grateful to live in such a wonderful community.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
Helen Keller

Helen Keller was individual who overcame incredible obstacles. At 1 ½ years of age, she lost both her vision and her hearing. She went on to become the first deaf-blind person to obtain a Bachelor's of Art degree in the early 1900's. She was an author, lecturer, campaigned for women's suffering and labour rights. Ms. Keller was a remarkable woman and an inspiration to us all.

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