Optical Prism July 2019 - Page 34

Special Feature Next Gen Smith involved in many facets of optometry By Jody Johnson-Pettit Dr. Joshua Smith has been involved in optometry at the local, provincial and national levels and beyond. “I made a decision when I started optometry school that I would use the skills I had been lucky enough to learn to care for those who cannot access vision care,” the 34-year-old Ontario-based optometrist says. “I have served on six international mission trips to deliver optometric care and I endeavor to make such a contribution every year. 32 Optical Prism | July 2019 “However, after my experience as the chair of the Canadian Association of Optometrists’ Access to Care working group in 2017-18, I have come to realize that there are many Canadians who have no better access to care than those people I have seen in developing nations.” Smith practices primarily with Dr. G. Raby & Associates in the eastern Ontario town of Alexandria. He is the current president of the Ontario Association of Optometrists.