Profile - Heather Power

Heather Power K. Heather Power, Owner
Contact Lens Licensed Optician

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 contact lens students. 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 Ethics Committee (OOM), Media Spokesperson (OOM), Registration Chair (OOM), and 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. She has been serving the OOM as a volunteer for over 30 years. Other positions held in the past are:

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

As the Manitoba representative for the National Accreditation Committee of Opticians, Heather was instrumental in helping to achieve 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
  • Past Parking/Transit Committee member (28 years), 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 for 3 years
  • Past Board Member for 4 years (two as the Treasurer) for the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA)

Awards received:

  • Recognition Award for the development of Education in Manitoba awarded by the Ophthalmic Dispensers of Manitoba, now OOM (1992)
  • Appreciation Award for volunteerism on the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ awarded by the City of Winnipeg (2002)
  • "With Gratitude" for helping to achieve Labour Mobility for Opticians in Canada awarded by the OOM (2002)
  • The Angus MacDonald Award for her "..commitment to professionalism, education and the advancement of the practice of Opticianry and Contact Lens fitting..." awarded by the OOM (2011)

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