Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Douglas College Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Douglas College is honouring the accomplishments of Scott Kling, an eye-care professional who has made his mark in the industry as an educator, advocate and volunteer. Kling, a graduate of the Dispensing Optician program, will today receive the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2014.

“Being recognized with this award is one of the proudest moments of my career so far. Douglas College was my gateway into the eye-care industry,” says Kling, a Port Moody resident who graduated from the college in 2004.

At present, Kling works for Essilor Canada, a corrective lens provider that does business around the world. Since starting with the company a decade ago, he has worked his way up the ranks from customer service representative to senior sales account manager.

Kling, a licensed dispensing optician and contact lens fitter, is an accredited speaker who has delivered presentations to eye-care professionals across Canada and internationally. He says he thrives on working in the fast-evolving industry.

“I love the personal interaction that I get to have on a daily basis, not only with other eye-care professionals but with the public as well,” he says.

Outside of his day job, Kling volunteers with the Third World Eye Care Society, a non-profit organization that collects eyewear and distributes it to people in developing countries. In 2011, he travelled to Nicaragua with the organization to support its humanitarian work.

Kling also maintains strong ties to Douglas College. For the past seven years, he has been a member of the Douglas College Dispensing Optician program advisory committee. He also visits students in the program annually as a guest speaker.