The American Academy of Optometry announces VOSH/International Past President C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO, FVI as the 2017 Recipient of the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

  Dr. Ellis Potter, has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the The American Academy of Optometry’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. The award, honoring the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO, recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eye care within a country or region. In particular, the award acknowledges humanitarian efforts in the nonprofit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eye care systems in developing communities. (See http://www.aaopt.org/regsite/2017-award-recipients). The coveted Brien Holden Humanitarian Award embraces a bond between the academic and  humanitarian branches of optometry. Dr. Potter, a longtime Fellow of The Academy of Optometry, demonstrates a commitment to both. As a recipient of this Award,  Dr. Potter honors the memory of Brien Holden as well as his accomplishments in VOSH/International. Ellis’ commitment to eradicate world blindness continues until this day.  Dr. Potter is a shining example of a life so rare in continuing humanitarianism. He leads by example and has inspired many.     Dr. Potter has a lifetime record of humanitarianism. In his community and his profession, he has been an individual that always goes above and beyond. Dr. Potter has a long and distinguished career with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, both in the International level and in his state chapter. He has been a member of VOSH-Kansas since 1994, leading over 13 VOSH clinic trips. He served in leadership positions within VOSH/International since 2009 and President from 2011-2013. He was recognized as a Fellow  of VOSH/International in 2006,  a member of the Franklin Harms Society in 2013 and awarded a Certificate of Recognition for...