a child's learning, including reading, writing, participating in classroom activities and sports, and maintaining attention and concentration. If a child cannot see properly, this may result in irreversible loss of vision in one or both eyes and put their learning potential at risk. Early identification and treatment of vision problems are critical for eye health in children. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to achieve early diagnosis and prevent years of needless suffering among children who need their vision to learn.

Vision disorders are a common health problem for children in Canada, experienced by 1 in 4 school-age children. Vision affects every aspect of 

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends annual eye examinations for all school-age children, which would include daycares and early childhood education centres.  If your child has seen an optometrist in the past, make sure your child is examined on a regular basis.

If your child has never been seen by an optometrist for an eye exam and you prefer to stay close in the community, ClearView Optometry Clinic (www.clearviewoptometryclinic.com) in Hammonds Plains is accepting new patients!  Evening and Saturday appointments are available.  Services are available in English & French.

Cora Dehaven is a young woman who lives in an apartment with her faithful service dog. Cora and her little dog Jaydin have been using BayRides ever since it started. “Before BayRides,” she says, “getting anything done was almost impossible. I felt helpless. I felt I was a nuisance and a bother.”

Thanks to the door-to-door transportation service that BayRides offers, Cora is able to plan her errands and doesn’t have to wait for days to get food. With the BayRides voucher she receives from the St. Margaret’s Bay Food Bank, her monthly round trip usually includes a visit to the Veterinarian Clinic and stops at the bank, the Dollar Store, the post office at Pharmasave, and the Food Bank. In Cora’s words: “BayRides is a safety net and a friendly smile where none existed before.”

BayRides provides transportation Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To book a ride, you must contact BayRides dispatcher Lynn Coward at least 24 hours in advance. Lynn works from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. If you telephone 902-820-6600 or email dispatch@bayrides.ca outside those hours, please leave a detailed message and Lynn will get back to you. 

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