21Oct 16

Family Focus Eyecare – Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon’s Community Builder Award Winner

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On August 29, Family Focus Eyecare was recognized for their contributions to literacy in Saskatoon with the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon’s Community Builder Award. This award recognizes businesses that extend their vision into the community ensuring families and adults have access to literacy programming, and books. Elisabeth Foucault accepted the award on behalf of Family Focus Eyecare. We are pleased to share her acceptance speech:

On behalf of my partners Nadia Lypka, Ken Lypka, myself and all of our staff at Family Focus Eyecare, I want to thank Chris May with the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, READ Saskatoon and all who made this day possible. We are deeply honored to receive the Community Builder Award.

Since 1998, our office has been committed to providing the most innovative eyecare to Saskatonians of all ages and lifelong learning opportunities for our optometrists and staff.

As well, supporting the growth of our community has always been a priority to us.  Every year we participate in the World Sight Day and support the Lions Clubs Eyeglass recycling programs, the CNIB, and Optometry Giving Sight.

We are proud to be a founding supporter of the SaskTel Soccer Centre with the Family Focus Eyecare field since 2006 as well as supporting several community charities and performing arts groups.

When we first met the staff from READ Saskatoon, we knew right away we had found an enthusiastic, dynamic match to our community literacy outreach goals. Three words to describe READ: passion, people and their stories. We share READ’s passion that seeing well and literacy can influence people’s stories.

Our staff and I enjoyed many heartwarming smiles at our Eye Spy station at the Saskatchewan Odysseys this past year and we look forward to many more.

We will continue to promote and support our collaboration of a shared vision of lifelong learning habits in our community.

There is still a lot to be done: when we know that roughly 80% of learning comes through vision, isn’t it shocking to find out that less than 40% of Saskatchewan 5-year-old children entering school this year have had their first eye examination?

After all, one picture is a thousand words! All together, let’s continue to share our passion for lifelong learning!

Thanks again to READ and the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon for this honor today.