Calgary, July 27, 2022 – Operation Eyesight is pleased to welcome Rob Ohlson to the Operation Eyesight Canada Board of Directors.
Rob is President and Owner of Calgary custom home builder Maillot Homes. He first got involved with Operation Eyesight in 2005 as a way of celebrating his late father’s life and career in India. In his honour, Rob funded the Bob Ohlson Centre for Sight in Visakhapatnam, India and later travelled overseas to inaugurate the centre in person.
“It was incredible to see first-hand the impact that Operation Eyesight has in the lives of families and communities every day,” Rob says. “It’s the passion of our people and the impact we can have together that has kept me involved with Operation Eyesight over the years.”
Rob previously served on the Board from 2011 to 2019, but his support for Operation Eyesight has extended well beyond his service on the Board. In 2015, when a donor decided to run across Death Valley, a desert valley in California, to raise funds for Operation Eyesight, Rob volunteered to join her run crew and ended up running several kilometres across the hottest place on Earth.
The following year, Rob championed Operation Eyesight’s “Washing Away Blindness” campaign, bringing fresh water to 24 communities in Zambia and helping to prevent the spread of blinding trachoma. He was later featured as CTV Calgary’s “Inspired Albertan”.
Having grown up in Libya, Canada and Malaysia, Rob has a keen understanding of different cultures and international development issues. He has also spent time visiting Operation Eyesight’s programs in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia and India.
“Visiting Operation Eyesight’s various countries of work only inspires me more when it comes to our mission and the impact that we can have together,” Rob adds. “I’m excited to be part of that.”
Operation Eyesight is a registered charity in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and India, with boards of directors in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. To view the full list of directors, visit operationeyesight.com/about/board-of-directors.