Not just an AGM: Wasn’t that a party?!

Written by Admin, published on June 14, 2013 Donate Today

Close to 100 donors, supporters, board members, staff and longtime friends of Operation Eyesight gathered in Calgary on June 12 – not only for the business of our annual general meeting, but also to celebrate our 50th anniversary of providing sight restoration and blindness prevention in the developing world.

We were especially pleased to have representatives from both the Gullison and Jenkyns families on hand for the celebration. Back in 1963, Canadian doctor Ben Gullison inspired businessman Art Jenkyns to found Operation Eyesight here in Calgary; and their family members remain strong supporters of the organization to this day. We are grateful for their ongoing support!

We’re also appreciative of our generous sponsors, who covered the entire cost of the celebration:

  • Active Accounting;
  • Davis LLP;
  • Greg McKernan Graphic Design;
  • Maillot Homes;
  • Renfrew Insurance; and
  • Sure Systems.


Other donors and supporters from across Canada and other countries weren’t able to be there for the event, so we’d like to express our deep gratitude to them for helping us prevent avoidable blindness since 1963. Thanks to you, millions of people have had their sight restored, or else never lost their vision in the first place. What an impact we have made together!

How did a recognized international development organization get started as a tiny charity in a Calgary church basement? Read more. Photos by Desiree Peters.

You need a really big cake when you turn 50! Thanks to Calgary Co-Op for the donation.
A few of Operation Eyesight’s longest-time supporters.
Special thanks to Maillot Homes for hosting our celebration.
Marilyn Gullison, daughter of Dr. Ben, receives flowers from interim president and CEO Brian Foster.
Jim Jenkyns, son of Operation Eyesight founder Art, speaks on behalf of his family.