Meet Our Team

Let us introduce to you, The Eyeglasses Project team!

Howard Ma

Founder / Chair

Sally Ngo

Board Director

Bonnie He

Board Director

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’?

Currently, I am a 4th year UBC medical student with a previous educational background in optometry. I first got involved with The Eyeglasses Project after realizing numerous socioeconomic inequalities to accessing vision care in marginalized communities. I strongly believe that sight should be a barrier-free right for everyone, and I have also organized educational workshops and prevention awareness events related to eye health in the community. In my free time, she enjoys staying active, reading, and travelling.

See Our Partners

Special thanks to our wonderful partners who help us take a step towards our goal!