Profile - Heather Power

Heather Power K. Heather Power, Owner
Contact Lens Licensed Optician
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As a professional in the Optical industry since 1979 Heather has become known as the Optician to see for difficult and specialty fittings.

She is a Fellow Member of the Contact Lens Society of America (FCLSA), and a Contact Lens Licensed Optician.

She started at CLS in 1984, became the Manager in 1988, and purchased the business in 1991.

As a student she achieved the highest mark in Canada on the first year dispensing course, and the highest mark in Manitoba in the first year contact lens course.

She taught the 1st year Ophthalmic Dispensing Course (now known as Optical Sciences) for 10 years and then continued to guest lecture for the 2nd year Contact Lens Course (now known as Advanced Practices-Contact Lenses) for over 15 years. For many years she has mentored students taking Advanced Practices-Contact Lenses. Heather co-taught the 2nd year Advanced Practices-Contact Lenses from 2009 to 2011.

Keeping her knowledge current and cutting edge is important to Heather. She helps to keep up to date by attending the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in Las Vegas, the Contact Lens Society of America educational events and other seminars across Canada and the USA.

Heather is President of the Opticians of Manitoba (OOM), is a member of the Policies and Standards of Practice Committee(OOM), Ethics Committee (OOM), is the Media Spokesperson (OOM), Registration Committee Chair, and is the Legislative Representative (OOM). She represents the Opticians of Manitoba at the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR). She has been involved for many years in the examinations for Contact Lens Licensed Opticians in Manitoba. Other positions held in the past are:

  • President (OOM)
  • Vice President (OOM)
  • Legislative Chair (OOM)
  • Education Chair (OOM)
  • Secretary/Registrar (OOM)
  • Treasurer (CLSA)
  • NACO Recording Secretary (National Accreditation Committee of Opticians)

As the Manitoba representative for the National Accreditation Committee of Opticians, Heather was instrumental in achieving Labour Mobility for Opticians in Canada.

She has lectured at Canadian Optical conventions across Canada, and has been asked to lecture in the States. Her articles have appeared in EyeWitness, published by the Contact Lens Society of America, Vision Canada, MACLEAN'S and the National Keratoconus Foundation's Newsletter .

Community involvement:

  • Past Board member (6 years maximum term), Downtown Winnipeg Biz Association
  • Past Parking/Transit Committee member, Downtown Winnipeg Biz
  • Past Co-sponsor, "Into Lunch" concert series
  • Member, Patron's Circle for Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Member, Director's Circle of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
  • Member, Friends of the Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Was involved in co-organizing the Bear Eye Care tent at the Teddy Bears' Picnic for 9 years.
  • Past co-ordinator, (for Opticians) for CNIB's Vision Health Care Month
  • Board Member for 4 years (two as the Treasurer) for the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA)

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