Operation Eyesight Universal

Operation Eyesight Universal

June 24, 2011 13:22 ET

Ujjal Dosanjh One of Three Newly Elected to Operation Eyesight Universal's Board of Directors

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2011) -Operation Eyesight Universal, a Calgary-based international non-governmental organization, announced that former member of Parliament and premier of British Columbia Ujjal Dosanjh was elected to the organization's board of directors at its annual general meeting on June 21.

"We are delighted to welcome Mr. Dosanjh to our board of directors," said Raju Paul, chair of the board. "His experience in government, particularly the health portfolio, and commitment to human rights and social justice will be invaluable as we work to prevent blindness around the world."

"I am proud to be part of Operation Eyesight's mission to eliminate avoidable blindness," said Dosanjh. "I look forward to working with the board to ensure that this organization has the resources it needs to continue to provide sight and hope to the poorest people in our world."

Joining Dosanjh as newly elected board directors are Calgarians Jocelyn Flanagan and Rob Ohlson. Biographies of the new board members and a list of all directors follow this release.

Operation Eyesight is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness in the developing world. It works with medical professionals and communities in Africa and India to help provide quality eye care programs and sustainable community development. Since 1963, through the support of its donors, millions of the world's poorest people have had their sight restored or protected. To learn more about Operation Eyesight's work, visit www.operationeyesight.com.

Biographies of new Operation Eyesight directors (alphabetical order)

Ujjal Dosanjh served more than 10 years in the BC legislature, holding multiple cabinet positions and serving as Premier in 2000-2001. In 2004, he entered federal politics when he was elected as MP for Vancouver South, and served as Minister of Health until 2006. Dosanjh was born in India, and moved to Canada in 1968. A lawyer by profession, he is a longtime human rights and social justice activist who has been involved with many organizations such as the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, MOSAIC, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, and the Vancouver Multicultural Society. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in political science from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Laws from University of British Columbia Law School.

Jocelyn Flanagan is the president, chief executive officer and founder of e=mc2 event management inc. A native Calgarian, Flanagan has won numerous national and international event management awards and shared her expertise as an instructor for Mount Royal University's Event Management Certificate Program, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business and a speaker at many national and international event conferences. She was named as one of Calgary's Avenue Magazine "Top 40 Under 40" in 2010. Flanagan holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Special Events Professional.

Rob Ohlson is the director and president of Maillot Homes, a Calgary-based custom home builder and land development company. He also worked in the oil and gas services industry for four years. Ohlson grew up in Tripoli, Libya; Calgary, Canada; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which helped enhance his understanding of cultural and development issues. He funded the Bob Ohlson Center for Sight in Visakhapatnam, India and spent three months visiting projects in Africa. He is the treasurer of the Springbank Commercial Park Business Association and a founding member of the Ohlson Research Initiative's Community Advisory Board. Ohlson has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary.

Operation Eyesight's 2011 Board of Directors (alphabetical order)

Raju Paul, Chair

Ujjal Dosanjh

Jocelyn Flanagan

Andrew Judson

Ray Mowling

Rob Ohlson

David Parker

Daniel S. Parlow

Jo-Lynne Sutherland

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