Dr. Betty Fretz graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science in 1976. Immediately drawn to helping those in need, Betty pursued mission trips and during one of those trips she fell ill with encephalitis. Betty Fretz fought her illness with passion. When she returned to Optometry she turned that energy into helping others through vision therapy and rehabilitation.
Betty’s story inspired COVT&R to name a scholarship after her. The Fretz Fund will be open to Canadians who find themselves in need of vision therapy, but have difficulty raising the funds to pay for it. Patients will be asked to write to COVT&R and share their stories. A committee is ready and excited to hear the stories and distribute the funds. This is the first scholarship of its kind in Canada. We are delighted that this scholarship will carry Betty’s name and her healing will live on through the many individuals we look forward to helping.