For several years, the Winnipeg School Division’s Read2Me Program had been searching for a mobile vision care clinic within schools to address the imminent vision needs of students in participating schools and the time consuming efforts they were making to access vision care at local optometric clinics. Until November 2016, however, all attempts to do so were unsuccessful. In fact, the team was told that no such service existed in the province of Manitoba nor was it possible.
In September of 2017, the Winnipeg School Division partnered alongside the Mobile Vision Care Clinic to address the vision care needs of their students and to create a solution where none previously existed by offering a comprehensive vision care program including on-site eye exams and prescription eyeglasses where required for all of the division’s students.
Today, the Mobile Vision Care Clinic continues to strive to ensure that all Manitobans have access to vision care through relationships with these amazing partners:
- Winnipeg School Division
- Louis Riel School Division
- Mount Carmel Clinic
- Nor-West Community Co-Op
- Manitoba Metis Federation
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Sean Sylvestre is a community builder and social entrepreneur. He graduated from River College’s Business Administration Program in 2003. Immediately, after college, Sean became a licensed optician and joined his family’s optical business where he was instrumental in the company’s growth and eventual sale to a local group of Optometrists in 2008. Moving forward, Sean hopes to expand the program with the goal of eliminating poor vision as a barrier to education for all students across Canada.