Meet Our Team

Let us introduce to you, The Eyeglasses Project team!

Howard Ma

Founder / Chair

Sally Ngo

Board Director

Bonnie He

Board Director

Dr. Harbir Sian

Board Director

Stephanie Li

Public Relations and Communications Advisor

Howard Ma

Founder / Chair
Why ‘The Eyeglasses Project’?

My idea to start The Eyeglasses Project was based on two things. First, I long wanted to make a difference in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside after seeing it go into deep decline after the neighborhood’s economic anchor, Woodwood’s department store, closed it doors in 1993. Second, I’ve been wearing eyeglasses since kindergarten and am practically blind without them. Although I have zero training or experience in healthcare, I knew I could bring like-minded people together to build and share resources in providing eye exams and prescription eyeglasses at no cost to low income patients, potentially across Canada. If you are one of those like-minded people, then I invite you to reach out and inquire how you can help make eyesight accessible in your community.

Sally Ngo

Board Director
Why ‘The Eyeglasses Project’?

I believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to thrive. Having good eyesight is key and most people take it for granted. Many of the less fortunate go every day without proper eyesight. It is hard for me to imagine not being able to see or read street signs, chalk boards, books, pictures, etc. The government does its part but it is not enough. That’s why my husband, Howard, and I started The Eyeglasses Project, which essentially partners up with local optometrists, opticians and other optical professionals to run eye clinics for at-risk communities. Our mission is to make eyesight accessible and our vision is to make this happen across the country.

Bonnie He

Board Director
Why ‘The Eyeglasses Project’?

Having witnessed the effects of poor vision on one’s quality of life, I became interested in eye health from an early age. Sight should be a barrier-free right, yet there are countless individuals who face numerous challenges to accessing vision care. If you are interested in volunteering with The Eyeglasses Project, I would love to hear from you. There is a great need for vision care in many communities, and I can assure you that there is no better feeling in the world than helping someone see clearly for the first time.

Dr. Harbir Sian

Board Director
Why ‘The Eyeglasses Project’?

Dr. Harbir Sian graduated from the New England College of Optometry (Boston) in 2010. Since then, he has had a passion for giving back. Harbir has volunteered in vision clinic in different parts of the world, including South America and in the Middle East. Dr. Sian was the recipient of the BCDO 2016 Young Optometrist of the Year award and he is the owner of Highstreet Eyecare Centre in Abbotsford, BC.

Stephanie Li

Public Relations and Communications Advisor
Why ‘The Eyeglasses Project’?

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