Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Douglas College Dispensing Optician students give back to community

                                                                 David Denofreo Photo

There’s more to becoming a Dispensing Optician than just learning how to fill contact lens prescriptions or ensure eyeglasses fit properly.

At Douglas College, it’s also about understanding the value of using your skills and knowledge to give back to the community. Students in the Dispensing Optician diploma program take part in several volunteer initiatives focused on helping people in need with their vision care problems.

“It gives students experience with the community and the public and they also see that, when you graduate, it’s not all about making money,” program coordinator Wayne Mullen says. “It’s about interacting with the community, giving back and helping people.”

Among the volunteer initiatives, students help provide prescription eyewear to people at a drop-in centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. They also work with a local ophthalmologist to provide people with glasses during a day of eye exams at a Port Coquitlam church.

“We want students to understand the importance of being involved in the community and we hope that once they graduate that they’ll continue to do so,” Mullen says.

More information about the Dispensing Optician program is available here.