Operation Eyesight announces new chairman of the board

    CALGARY, May 26 /CNW/ - Mr. Raju V. Paul has been appointed chairman of
the board of directors for Operation Eyesight effective May 7, 2009. Operation
Eyesight is a Calgary-based international development agency which has been
working to eliminate unnecessary blindness in the developing world since 1963.
    Mr. Paul has served on the board since 2006 and played a key role in the
establishment of a corresponding board of directors for Operation
Eyesight-India. He will continue to serve as member of the India board and
will help support the goal of making Operation Eyesight's programs in India
self-sustaining by the year 2015.
    Mr. Paul retired in 2006 after 30 years as a professional engineer and
senior manager with the City of Calgary. He has been a Rotarian since 1990 and
is past president of the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International
Development. He provides monitoring and evaluation of large international
development projects for the Rotary Foundation and has travelled extensively
throughout the world.
    In recognition of his long-standing commitment to community service, Mr.
Paul received the Service above Self Award, Rotary's highest honor for
humanitarian service in 2001 and the Association of Professional Engineers of
Alberta Summit Award for Community Service in 2003.
    "We are looking forward to working with Raju as our new chair," says
Doreen Richards, Operation Eyesight's outgoing chairman of the board. "With
his vast international experience, we look forward to an expansion of our
influence and results in both India and Africa."

    Operation Eyesight is a Canadian international development organization
dedicated to preventing and treating blindness throughout the world for more
than 40 years, primarily in Asia and Africa. We help local medical
professionals provide community development and comprehensive, sustainable eye
care for the people of the world who can least afford it. Since 1963,
Operation Eyesight has restored sight or prevented blindness for nearly 35
million people. For more information, visit www.operationeyesight.ca.

    Global Blindness - Every five seconds, one person in our world goes blind
and a child goes blind every minute. More than 90 per cent of the world's
blind live in developing countries, where day-to-day life is already daunting
and blindness is a direct threat to life. Over 75 per cent of this blindness
is preventable or treatable.

For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, Manager, International Media
& PR, Operation Eyesight Universal, 1-800-585-8265 or (647) 404-4469 (cell),

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