Workaholic, optometric assisting guru, trainer extraordinaire, photo geek, kick-ass volunteer; all in one not-so-neat package

My name is Myra, and I’m a workaholic.  Yup, that’s pretty much how I should introduce myself in real life too.  I’ve had a varied career since getting into eye care in 1999.  I’ve worked in optometry clinics as an assistant, I’ve traveled across Canada as a software trainer for an optometry practice management system, I’ve helped other assistants become certified in this field, and now I train optometric staff full time.  It’s a career about which I am very passionate. I could go on for quite a while about it, but you don’t want to read all that…you want to see more photos!

I started getting interested in photography through the retinal photography I did in clinic. I figured if I can make something that interesting, I’ve got to be able to make more of it. So off I went to Ian Cook’s beginner photography class through the Vancouver School Board, and I was hooked. Got myself my trusty Olympus E-500 and off I went. That first year was flowers, flowers and more flowers. I’m trying to branch out, I promise!

So, I’m passionate about optometric assisting, I’m nutty about photography…and…I’m very enthusiastic about my volunteer work. I’ve known from Grade 10 when I did my first volunteer stint with UNICEF Regina that I absolutely had to dedicate a part of my life to helping others. It’s out there in the field on an eyecare project or in the booth doing a recording that I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. In the past, I’ve worked with UNICEF Regina, UNICEF BC, and Remote Area Medical Volunteers Canada. I currently volunteer with Third World Eye Care Society, collecting used eyeglasses and going on eyecare projects overseas. I have also volunteered in the past with the Crane Resource Centre at UBC, reading textbooks onto computer for students who are visually impaired.

My little family once consisted of me and two cats I adopted from the SPCA.  The white and orange cat is Sir Spotacus the Lazy.  As his name suggests, his best skill was finding a spot where he can nap in peace.  The fluffy grey cat is Little Miss Autumn.  She was a princess, and was definitely the boss of me around the apartment.  They both passed away at 14 years old, 3 weeks apart from each other.  I miss them terribly.

Lady Kalea came into my life, and she filled the emptiness with her beautiful little face and her ridiculously clumsy manner.  She is my office cat, making her presence known during Skype meetings and observing all I do from the comfort of her office bed.


I hope you enjoy the photos here as much as I enjoyed creating them. I do ask that you respect the copyrights on my work; these photos belong to me. If you wish to use them, please contact me to discuss.

4 Responses to “About Me”

  1. 2012/11/03 at 1:20 pm

    LOL … I always say that flowers are my best models; plus they’re everywhere!

  2. 2013/01/26 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog Myra. I love taking photographs too, and for me, it is branching out from people and landscape photos to capturing details. Well it is my goal this year anyway.

    Your Lola lived to be 100, oh my goodness! I love the photo you have of her on the itaga sa bato page…so sweet. I hope my own apos will be able to take a photo of me like that, however long I live.

  3. 2013/06/22 at 12:40 am

    I was actually looking for Filipino bloggers and then I saw your Blog Title “Itaga sa Bato”
    Do you know Jessica Zafra? Awesome witty writer 😀 I don’t usually read books but your “About Me” kinda reminded me of her and her cute cat. 😀 Great job on being one of those “Kick-ass Volunteers” 🙂

    Enjoy your day Myra!
    – Aenri (Aah-Yen-Ree)

  4. 2015/10/15 at 9:39 pm

    Nice that you are volunteering so much and adopting from SPCA, Myra! Very inspiring! 🙂

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