Wellington Vision Care opened to the public on Monday December 9th, 2019. Throughout the winter we enjoyed a warm welcome from our neighbouring businesses and the people of Wellington West and Hintonburg. On March 20, 2020 after careful consideration we made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors to the public and lay off our amazing staff. This was not an easy choice. It was of highest importance that we protect our staff and doctors as well as the public we serve. We consolidated our Emergency Care Clinic with our sister office Merivale Vision Care. This would mean that we could preserve our PPE and keep our distance.
In March, Wellington Vision Care was just starting to hit its stride! We had been working hard and making lots of friends over the past several months. WVC has always prioritized using local shops and services for our business needs. We have also made customer service our #1 priority and we love our patients. Neighbourhood dogs who would stop in for a treat, and kids who wave to us on their walk home from school are some of the daily interactions we enjoyed. We love our community and were looking forward to our first spring and summer seasons in the neighbourhood.
By participating in this crowd funding initiative put on by our hard working BIA, we are hoping to raise enough money to hire back our staff in preparation for getting the shop up and running again. Whether its educational opportunities, administrative work, social media and marketing or remote customer service, we have lots of tasks to get through to be ready to hit the ground running when things start to get back to normal. Since we are a new business, we haven't been able to take advantage of some of the government supports that require payroll minimums in 2019. We are going to be ok, but this extra support could make a big difference in how we get to the other side of this pandemic.
We are not asking for donations. We prefer to think of this as selling gift cards! All 'donations' will be applied as a one-for-one gift card on the donors account with us. This can be used towards services such as eye exams and contact lens fittings, or products like glasses, sunglasses, contacts and accessories. In addition to this, for every gift card purchased, we will donate $5 to the Parkdale Food Center. It is extremely important to us that we give back to our community, especially in these uncertain times.
This will be a win-win-win situation!
1. You get to give back to your community and pre-invest in your future eye health and spectacle fashion.
2. Parkdale Food Centre gets a much needed donation
3. We get to hire back our amazing staff!
Thank you for considering us when deciding where to spend your money. We are also doing our best to keep all of our spending in our city and neighbourhoods. This has always been and continues to be very important to us.
Stay safe and healthy!!
Love the WVC team! (Joelle, Kari, Nicole, Diane L., Diane C., Leena, Daniela, Mel, and Tanya)