Awards

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an optometrist who has made an outstanding contribution over time to the achievement of WCO’s Vision and Mission. This is the highest award that WCO can bestow on an individual.

Nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Service Award have been reviewed and Professor George Woo OD PhD FAAO from the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University was selected for this prestigious award.

This award was presented during the WCO’s General Delegates’ Meeting in August 2015, in Medellin, Colombia.

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To nominate someone for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award to be presented at the General Delegates’ Meeting in September 2017 in Hyderabad, India, please click here.

International Optometrist Award

The International Optometrist Award (previously International Optometrist of the Year award) is given to an optometrist who has shown outstanding commitment to the profession and the community.

Nominations for the 2015 International Optometrist Award were reviewed and the award was given to three individuals as the standard of nominations was so high:

Dr Allan Jones OD, Dr Shehzad A Naroo PhD, FIACLE, FAAO, FBCLA and Dr Bina Patel OD FAAO.

These awards were presented during the WCO’s General Delegates’ Meeting in August 2015, in Medellin, Colombia.

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To nominate someone for the 2017 International Optometrist Award to be presented at the General Delegates’ Meeting in September 2017 in Hyderabad, India, please click here.

The Paul Berman Young Leader Award

The Paul Berman Young Leader Award is given to an optometrist who has made an outstanding contribution over time to the achievement of WCO’s Vision and Mission and shows promising future leadership in world optometry.

Nominations for the 2015 Paul Berman Young Leader Award have been reviewed and was awarded to Mr France Nxumalo from the Brien Holden Vision Institute in South Africa.

This award was presented during the WCO’s General Delegates’ Meeting in August 2015, in Medellin, Colombia.

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To nominate someone for the 2017 Paul Berman Young Leader Award to be presented at the General Delegates’ Meeting in September 2017 in Hyderabad, India, please click here.

Past winners

Below is a list of the winners of the following awards:

  • International Optometrist Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Tribute Award to outgoing Presidents
  • Certificate of Appreciation

International Optometrist Award

(Previously called the International Optometrist of the Year Award)

Winner Country Year
Hans Bjoern Bakketeig Norway 2012
Dr Tom Little USA 2010
Ron Fyfe New Zealand 2008
Prof Kovin Naidoo South Africa 2007
Dr Jerry Vincent USA 2006
Dr Paul Berman USA 2005
Dr Scott Brisbin Canada 2004
Dr Roland Eyime Nigeria 2003
Prof Willard Bleything 2002
Dr Tony Cullen Canada 2001
Prof Dan Sheni South Africa / Nigeria 2000
Jose Collado Spain 1999
Dr Irvin M Borish USA 1996
Damian Smith Australia 1995
G Burtt Holmes USA 1993
Mr Brian Layland OAM Australia 1992
Mr Bert Koopman Netherlands 1991
Prof Henry Hofsletter USA 1990
Mr Svein Hommenstad Norway 1989
Dr Claro Cinco Philippines 1988

Distinguished Service Award

Winner Country Year
Dr Antonio Joson, jr Philippines 2007
Anthony Di Stefano USA 2006
Francis Kojovi Monrny 2005
William Baldwin 2001
Henry W Hofstetter 1999

Tribute Award to outgoing Presidents

Winner Country Year
Prof George Woo Hong Kong 2011
Dr Robert Chappell UK 2009
Dr Victor Connors USA 2007
Prof D D Sheni South Africa 2006
Damien Smith Australia 2004
Scott Brisbin Canada 2002
Mangred Müller Germany 2000
Rolland Des Grosseiller Canada 1998

Certificate of Appreciation

Winner Country Year
Yigal Gutman Israel 2006
Ricado Bretas Brazil 2006
Ron Fyfe New Zealand 2006
Sam Galloway USA 2002
Peter Gunkel 2001
Ben Lewis 2001
Jack Von Bokern 1999