CVC Update

Centre of Vision Care Excellence Opens in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Dreaming is easy, but acting on those dreams is not.

Making a dream reality is like a journey that takes dedi-cation, time, courage, support, and often money. But rarely is something great easily achieved. We at Canadian Vision Care (CVC) work hard to turn our dreams of providing eye care and improved sight into reality.

On the morning of Friday, January 26, 2018, the dream took a closer step to reality. Years of planning, meetings, fund-raising, collecting of donated supplies and equipment, cleaning, packing,repairing, renovating by volunteers, shipping, and the partnering of CVC, the Lions, the Jamaican Ministry of Health (MOH),and the Brenda Strafford Foundation (BSF), culminated with the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Centre for Vision Care Excellence’s, primary and secondary care wings, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. While there is still undoubtedly much to do and further development and fi ne-tuning to take place, the doors of the Centre of Vision Care Excellence are officially open for those in need. The dedication of many have made the dream come true. One such dreamer is Dr. Gerry Leinweber whose vision led all involved through this process, and while he is to be commended for his dedication, he acknowledges that he could not have done it without the help of many. One such individual is the late Dr. Barry Strafford, who founded the Brenda Strafford Foundation in memory of his late wife. It was Dr. Strafford’s desire to bring hope to those less fortunate who felt hopeless. By partnering with the Strafford Foundation, and the Jamaican Ministry of Health, CVC had the support to build on the dream.

Let there be no mistake, it takes a team to make a dream come true. It took many individuals to build this dream, and another individual who is to be commended for his support is Tony Hart, the founder of the Hart Group of Companies. Tony is well recognized for the modernization of the Montego Bay industrial hub. It was Tony’s guidance that helped the project move ahead and often overcome stumbling blocks thanks to his knowledge of who could provide necessary help. It also took many volunteers on the Commissioning Team and hours of their hard work, collecting, repairing, cleaning, inventorying, disassembling, packing, loading, re-assembling, repairing, painting, technical advising, supplying … the list is endless.

Clearly it took a village, but all with the common goal of making the dream come true – to provide the best eye health care possible to those who otherwise had no hope of such care.


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