Several years ago, Marilyn Thom started running for her health. Now she runs for a group of people who can’t. A longtime employee of the School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS), Thom is also a dedicated volunteer with the Sjögren’s Society of Canada. She recently ran a 7K race to raise funds for the organization. But that’s only one of the ways she’s helping to fight a condition that too often goes unrecognized and untreated.
Byline: Morgan Jackson, Optometry student Team Leader
Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) has played an important role with students at the School of Optometry and Vision Science over the years. Many of us have traveled abroad with the student division (sVOSH) to provide optometric services in remote regions of the world where there is little or no access to eye care.
The recipients of this year's President's Community Impact Award (PCIA) were revealed last week at the President's Holiday Dinner. School of Pharmacy Professor Mike Beazely received the community leaders award for his work on drug prevention.
Waterloo alumni Council member and alumnus Vikas Gupta (BSc ’91) is the co-founder and CEO of AVARA, a company creating innovative technology to enable compelling and immersive virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences that transport people to unique places, moments, and interactions around the world that are far beyond their imagination.
Haydom Lutheran Hospital is a series of squat brick buildings with metal roofs, nestled in the heart of a rural town called Haydom. It’s in northern Tanzania, a country on the east coast of Africa. The hospital is 300 kilometres from the nearest major city and serves an area that’s home to nearly 1 million people. It’s also where Jung In Kim, a third-year Waterloo School of Pharmacy student, spent a co-op work term.