UW School of Optometry renames eye centre – Kitchener.CityNews.ca


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The School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo is renaming its Centre for Sight Enhancement to the George & Judy Woo Centre for Sight Enhancement.
The name change comes after a $1.5 million donation to the school from George and Judy Woo, two of the school’s long-time supporters. It is the largest donation ever made to the school and is part of its Seeing Beyond 2020 campaign.
“I’m deeply grateful for George and Judy’s commitment to the School of Optometry & Vision Science,” said Vivek Goel, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, in a press release. “George’s leadership in eye and vision care has made a profound impact on Waterloo and institutions around the world. I look forward to seeing patients benefit from George and Judy’s extraordinary gift.”
George Woo (OD ’64, DSc ’19) is a University of Waterloo alumnus and long-time faculty member in the School of Optometry & Vision Science. He was the founding director of the Centre for Sight Enhancement and co-founded the Low Vision Clinic at the Centre in 1974.
The Seeing Beyond 2020 campaign is a $35 million fundraising initiative will create the new Waterloo Eye Institute, Canada’s leading eye and vision care centre. The university said the Woos’ donation to the Centre for Sight Enhancement “will enable more patients to access multi-disciplinary care that will improve their quality of life.”
“I’m delighted to contribute to Seeing Beyond 2020 by supporting a part of the school with deep personal significance,” said George Woo. “I’ve seen firsthand the impact the Centre for Sight Enhancement has made on members of this community, and I know the Waterloo Eye Institute will build on that proud history by delivering critical services and leading research to promote eye and vision health for Canadians.”
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