Donor stories

Ida Fisher

Ida Fisher stands with her husband Wayne at her side

In 1974, the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science launched its Low Vision Clinic, offering people with vision loss wraparound support through clinical assessments, technology and counselling. Ida Fisher was one of the clinic’s earliest clients.

Over the years, as eye disease gradually stole her sight, Ida has taken full advantage of the clinic’s services. She learned to accept vision loss and has used the skills she acquired to create a full life — including a satisfying teaching career, international travel, volunteer work and a long, happy marriage... read more.

Dr. Carol Cressman (OD '79)

Dr. Carol Cressman headshot

Ask Dr. Carol Cressman (OD '79) why she became an optometrist and the answer is simple: “I couldn’t see.”

Forty years later, Carol continues to serve. She is the community chair of the Seeing Beyond 2020 campaign to create the Waterloo Eye Institute, aimed at meeting the eye and vision care needs of people in Waterloo-Wellington... read more.

Alumni Spotlight - Class of 1991 

Class of 1991

We recently caught up with former classmates, Susan, “Sue” Beaton (OD 91’), Patricia, “Trish” Campbell (OD 91’) and Andrea Mierzynski (OD 91’) and asked them to reflect on their experience as Optometry students, and why they choose to work with us as class rep volunteers for the Seeing Beyond 2020 campaign.  read more.

Dr. Henry Smit (OD '79) and Mrs. Jill Smit

Dr. Henry and Jill Smit - headshot

For forty-one years, Dr. Henry Smit (OD ’79) and Mrs. Jill Smit formed an unstoppable duo as optometrist and office administrator at their clinic in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Now in retirement, Henry reflects on why he and Jill have chosen to give back to the School of Optometry & Vision Science’s Waterloo Eye Institute... read more.

Dr. Cheryl Bayer (OD '08)

Dr. Cheryl Bayer headshot

Now more than decade removed from her graduation at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Cheryl Bayer has already made a significant impact on the profession she loves – including being named Manitoba’s Optometrist of the Year by the Manitoba Association of Optometrists and receiving an Alumni of Honour Award from the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science.

We asked Cheryl to share why the Waterloo Eye Institute is a project close to her heart... read more.