February 27, 2018
Dr. Heather Cowie offers a lot more than just eye care.
The optometrist and co-owner of Airdrie Family Eye Doctors is passionate about using her talents and resources to make the world a better place.
Since taking over the business in 2013, Cowie and her team have put on numerous fundraisers, raising thousands of dollars for Airdrians in need, benefitting locals like the Owchar family, whose wife and mother Kelly died of breast cancer two months after giving birth to twins.
“There are a lot of people in our community that have been dealt bad cards … and you have to help them,” says Cowie of her efforts.
According to Emily Hewitt, who works alongside Cowie, it’s not uncommon for the doctor to provide free products for patients in need.
But Cowie doesn’t just give to locals; her belief that vision is a right, rather than a privilege, has compelled her to make frequent international trips to countries like Guatemala, where she provides vision care to those who can’t afford it.
“There is nothing more powerful than being the person who puts a pair of glasses on someone who has never had them,” says the mother of two, who is now setting up a sustainable vision care program in Guatemala, with the goal of enabling locals in that country to provide care to their own residents.
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