A Community Volunteer Effort

Many of our members take part in volunteer efforts in Canada and around the world. Dr. Luke Small of Armstrong & Small Eyecare Centre in Winnipeg, MB shared one of his community volunteer efforts with us.

Siloam Mission is a Winnipeg based non-profit homeless shelter. The shelter not only provides basic needs like somewhere to sleep on a cold night, but also provides numerous services to help patrons break the cycle of homelessness. This is done through a mental health program, transition training, community education, clothing, spiritual care, supportive housing and a full-service health care centre. This is one of the few homeless shelters in Canada to offer such an extensive array of services that also has extended its support with eye care. Dr. Luke Small was approached in 2010 to see if his clinic could secure equipment and volunteers to staff an optometric clinic that would provide patrons of the centre with comprehensive eye exams and complimentary eyewear. 

"It has blown me away personally to see how much a simple pair of glasses can help a patron get back on their feet when they can see properly again." ~ Dr. Luke Small 

Since his involvement and it's implementation many other Manitoba optometrists, including Eye Recommend members, have offered their time and efforts to help with the eye care and eyewear needs of those less fortuante. Along with Dr. Small, one other superstar volunteer, Dr. Michelle Georgi has donated countless hours of her time to serving this population. Lots of great stories like a former house painter who was down on his luck and had high astigmatism, can once again see the want-ads and see the details when he’s doing edge-work as a result of these volunteer efforts. This is just one example of the many wonderful stories of impacting people's lives for the better.

To learn more about the centre or to help out click here.