History

Our History

Our building was completed in late December 1949 and the clinic first opened the doors to patients for the first time on January 2nd 1950. There have been 4 owners since then: Dr Robert Demmery (1950-1970s), Dr. Donald Hunter (1980s), Dr. Robin Simpson (1989-2006) Dr. Kevin Mowbray (2006-Present).

Mr. Bob Butler deserves as much of a mention here as anyone, as he had been with the clinic from January 2nd 1950 until 2020 – his career had literally spanned 7 decades.

Bob is truly someone who enjoys his craft and has been an expert teacher to all of our Optical and Dispensary Team Members over the years. 

Dr. Mowbray has currently stopped seeing patients in order to focus on managing the growth of the clinic, such as overseeing our recent expansion. You can still catch Kevin at the clinic performing his administrative duties, and he is planning to return to seeing patients in the fall of 2023.

After over 70 years in the same location, our mission continues to be dedicated to providing the best quality eye exams we can, and to helping patients make informed decisions for any products or services they may require. 

Mortimer The Spirit Bear

In The Summer Of 2006, The BC Lions Society For Children With Disabilities Had Undertaken A “Spirit Bears In The City” Art Initiative, With 106 Spirit Bear Statues Spread Throughout Vancouver, The Lower Mainland, And Vancouver Island.

Each 7 foot high bear was assigned to a local artist, who in sponsorship or partnership with a local business or organization, produced their own artistic take on the bear. Our Bear ‘Mortimer’ pictured here was won at auction, one of a series that went on to raise more than $1M for the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities in 2006. Over the years the has also brought us the Orcas, the Bears, the Eagles, and the Terracotta Warriors under their ‘Art in the City’ fundraising program. You can find a nice gallery of 50 of the 106 Bears photographed here: FIFTY BEARS.