To Donate

Please click here to make a secure donation on line through CanadaHelps.

(Official Donation Receipt for Income Tax Purposes will be issued directly from CanadaHelps)

Please click here to download the pdf registration form.

(Official Donation Receipt for Income Tax Purposes will be issued directly from COETF)

Why Lend Your Support?

In this climate of economic flux, it only makes sense to support a charity that is working to enhance and grow your profession. The Optometric Education Trust Fund (COETF) provides funding through unrestricted grants, for ground level research and development. Some of these research projects will have impacted the optometry profession. 

 

This is a trust fund for the profession supported by the profession. Research and academic support are vital to our profession and since 1977 the COETF has supported optometric research, education, growth and professional development through unrestricted cash awards of over two million dollars to qualified applicants.


The Trust Fund is opening doors for new ideas that will resonate throughout the profession. The charitable donation you give now will go a long way to making us stronger and better equipped to face the future of health care in Canada.

Donations can be made to the following funds:

Donate to COETF General Fund

The COETF is a trust fund for the profession supported by the profession. Research and academic support are vital to our profession and since 1977 the COETF has supported optometric research, education, growth and professional development through unrestricted cash awards of over two million dollars to qualified applicants.

 

Award applicants receive funding support from COETF for diverse projects including research and clinical studies. Through these projects and thanks to your donations, COETF has improved the quality of vision and eye care available to the Canadian public.

With your support, the Trust Fund is opening doors for new ideas that will resonate throughout the profession. The charitable donation you give now will go a long way to making us stronger and better equipped to face the future of health care in Canada.

The Dorrie Morrow Memorial Fund

COETF and Dr. Susan Joe are proud to announce a Memorial Fund in memory of Dr. Dorrie Morrow. While studying optometry at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Morrow developed a special interest in children’s vision, particularly for marginalized and at-risk children who did not have access to regular vision care. Throughout her professional life, children’s vision remained her passion and is one of her defining legacies.

At the request of Dr. Morrow’s colleagues and friends, COETF has established a fund for research grants in the area of children’s vision health to recognize Dr. Morrow’s contributions to the profession; particularly, her passion for children’s vision. Dr. Morrow’s legacy will continue through the provision of financial support to optometric students, new graduates and researchers who demonstrate a similar interest in and commitment to children’s vision.

 

With your donations, COETF can help support:

 

  1. Students demonstrating an interest and excellence in paediatric vision care and vision therapy who wish to further their studies in this area;

  2. Researchers focused in any area of paediatric vision including but not limited to:

    • The effects of excessive device use and blue light on the development of children’s eyes;

    • Ocular development; and

    • Testing procedures and therapies for children with disabilities or who are nonverbal;

  3. An optometrist who provides paediatric vision care and vision therapy to underserviced populations by providing mobile equipment and therapy programs not utilized in a general optometric practice. Emphasis would be on remote or rural communities, Indigenous, or marginalized communities.

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David McKenna Memorial Fund

Dr. David McKenna will be remembered for many things but mostly he will be remembered for his leadership in the optometric community on both a national and provincial level. He will also be remembered for his upbeat personality and his ability to make people laugh. David was a leader in optometry and contributed to the betterment of the profession for his entire career. When David passed away in March 2014 many of his friends and colleagues came together to set up a memorial fund in his name to ensure that David's generous spirit continued to benefit optometry students. Funds were raised through COETF and in 2018, COETF set up annual David McKenna Scholarships with the École d’optométrie, Université de Montréal and the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo. The criteria for the scholarships were developed as a reflection of David McKenna’s values and interests.  The criteria considered include:

  •   Academic excellence of 80%

  •   Exhibited leadership skills and community involvement

  •   Any maritime based student will be considered with a preference to those based in PEI.

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To Donate

Please click here to make a secure donation on line through CanadaHelps.

(Official Donation Receipt for Income Tax Purposes will be issued directly from CanadaHelps)

Please click here to download the pdf registration form.

(Official Donation Receipt for Income Tax Purposes will be issued directly from COETF)