Marina Roma-March, OD, FVI, Director (2015-2018)

Dr. Marina Roma-March is a Filipino-Canadian eye doctor, with a solo practice in Vancouver, Canada.   At theage of six Marina immigrated to Canada with her family.  She grew up on the eastside of Vancouver and was 14 before she returned to the Philippines. It was there that she became aware of the differences between the two countries.  Vowing never to forget the memories of that visit, and the cousins who didn’t have the opportunities that Canada had to offer, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Biology and chose Optometry at Pacific University in Oregon, where she obtained a Doctor of Optometry in 1994. A year after her graduation, Marina and her husband Derrick began TWECS Canada/ VOSH BC.She has led and organized over 15 international eye care missions,  most notably the VOSH recovery project to Typhoon Haiyan two months after the devastation.  She helped to develop VOSH Disaster Relief Program and its protocol.Marina was named Optometrist of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Optometrist. She received the  Philippine Presidential Award for Humanitarian Service, from  President Joseph Estrada for her work with the poor around the world. Dr. Roma-March can be contacted at romamarch@vosh.org.