Lions Club lends roaring support for Opticianry students
July 30, 2014

The Barrie Lions Club and Georgian College Opticianry students want everyone to see more clearly.

That’s why a group of Lions recently visited the Georgian College Optical clinic in the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences to present the final payment in its $250,000 pledge.

Group holds up large cheque for $250,000

The Barrie Lions Club recently completed its $250,000 pledge in support of Georgian College Optical. Some Lions visited the community-accessible clinic to present the cheque to Opticianry students and college staff. From left to right Lisa Banks, Vice President, External Relations; Jerralyn Lanoue, Opticianry student; Lion Bryon McLellan; Sean Madorin, Associate Dean, Health and Sciences; Lion Fred Brox; and Lion Joanne Craig.

At Georgian College Optical, more than 100 students under the guidance of opticians and optometrists, provide vision care by dispensing eyeglasses, contact lenses and sub-normal vision devices, as well as adjust, clean and repair frames. Eye exams are also offered.

“Helping these students help the community is something the Barrie Lions Club is proud to do,” says Lion Joanne Craig. “Our mission is to provide vision for all and these students are studying and training to carry out this mandate in their careers.”

Hands-on learning is a large part of their training says Sean Madorin, Associate Dean, Health and Sciences.

“We always hear from our students that their clinic time not only allows them to practice their skills but it also builds their confidence as future health care practitioners. Thanks to donors like the Barrie Lions Club, we can offer them second-to-none learning environments,” he says.

Georgian College Optical is one of six health clinics at Georgian College that is open to the public. For more information go to or call 705.722.5159.