Save the date! Join us on November 15th at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver for Seva Canada’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The AGM will focus on The Power of Partnerships. Come hear how through the strength of collaboration, the Seva Canada community has changed the lives of people in need in low-income countries through the power of sight. Learn how your generous support has restored sight, trained eye care professionals at all levels, conducted research to inform our programs and empowered entire communities for generations to come with equal access to eye care for all.

Event Details:

Date: Friday November 15th, 2019

Time: 7pm

Location: BMO Great Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden 
5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1

Space is Limited. Please RSVP at 604-713-6622 or

Speaking at this year’s AGM will be:

Penny Lyons Photo

Penny Lyons 
Executive Director

Penny will talk about Seva Canada’s activities over the past year and what Seva has planned for the coming year. 




Vivian Yin Seva CanadaDr. Vivian Yin
Board Chair

Dr. Vivian T. Yin is a surgeon, researcher and teacher in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. Vivian completed her undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University and pursued her medical degree and ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto. She further refined her surgical skills by pursuing a prestigious two-year fellowship training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Vivian completed her Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She is currently an Assistant Member at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and a Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. In the fall of 2019, Vivian will return to Vancouver as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital.

Vivan was honoured to be included on the first-ever list of Canadian women leaders in global health. She has been committed to global ophthalmology since 2009, working with Seva Canada, Orbis, St Michael’s Hospital Urban Angle and So Kids Can See as a teacher and mentor. 

Sashi Krumanchi Board MemberSasipriya “Sashi” Karumanchi​
Board Member

Sasipriya (Sashi), currently works as a consultant at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), a unit of Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, India on a three year consulting project involving 5 eye hospitals in Sub Saharan Africa. She also works with Seva Foundation (US), Seva Nepal and Seva Cambodia as a consultant. She worked as a senior consultant for Alina Vision, a Singapore based for-profit organization with a mandate to promote affordable eye care models in emerging markets. Prior to that, Sashi worked at LAICO for 16 years. During her tenure at Aravind, she was involved in various projects including tele-ophthalmology, pediatric eye care, human resource development and primary eye care services. She also led LAICO's consultancy division for a decade and contributed to implementing four funded consultancy projects that benefited at least 50 eye hospitals from India and other developing countries. 

For Sashi, volunteering on a not-for-profit board like Seva Canada is a natural extension of her beliefs in giving back to the community. In her spare time, Sashi likes to study history, dabble in photography and is an amateur trekker who is planning to scale Ladakh, India in the future.
Please note:
Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM, however, to be considered a member of Seva Canada Society and eligible to vote at our Annual General Meeting, a person must have donated a minimum of $20 between November 17, 2018 and November 1, 2019. 

Any member may be nominated to the Board of Directors by submitting a letter signed by a nominator and a seconder, both of whom must be members in good standing of Seva Canada Society. Letters can be sent to the Seva Canada office to the attention of the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

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