BrijBrij is in his 3rd year at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science. He was awarded a 2016 OCUF Youth Bursary.

Brij is from Kenya, moving to Canada when he was thirteen. He said the transition was difficult, but “I strongly believe that my childhood experiences have taught me valuable lessons, and have motivated me to achieve my goals.”

His strong determination to achieve his lifelong goal began in high school when he was diagnosed with keratoconus (an eye disease that results in corneal thinning and decrease in vision). Regular visits to my optometrist, and curiosity to learn more about my eye condition triggered his interest into optometry.

Brij provided a long list of volunteer activities dating back to 2008. His list of current volunteer work is extensive, much of which is in his current field of study. He is currently the President of Canadian Association of Optometry Students. Brij was recently appointed by the Canadian Association of Optometrists as a council member. This is the first time in Canadian Optometric history that a student is a council member.

We have a feeling there is nothing stopping this young man from achieving his goals.