About Dr. Betty Fretz On July 13, 1976 following graduation from the School of Optometry in Waterloo, Dr. Fretz opened her Listowel office. It was purchased from John Monaghan and included records going back to 1949. The following day, July 14, she opened a second practice in New Hamburg. In addition, for a number of years, she also owned a practice in Wellesley. Dr. Fretz was granted Fellowships in both the American Academy of Optometry and the International Orthokeratology Society. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, Canadian Association of Optometrists, American Optometric Association, and the National Eye Research Foundation. No one could enjoy her career more. It is her calling, and she practiced with passion with compassion. In April 1991 during her 14th eye mission trip to developing countries around the world, Dr. Fretz took ill. This resulted in her being completely away from her beloved patients for 5 years. She then returned to her passion of optometric care on a part time basis, working as much as she possibly could until February 2001. The pace has proven to be too great to handle, and for the time being, upon the insistence of her physicians, husband, caring staff and concerned patients, she is again on medical leave. Betty's extracurricular activities past and present have included a private pilots licence with over 400 hours flight time, Master Gardener Certification, Founding president of the Listowel area Zonta Club, Santa Claus parade chairman, President Maryborough Horticultural Society, and served on the executive of more than 30 clubs and committees. She is a devoted member of Listowel Mennonite Church, from which faith she gains much strength. She appreciates the compassion and caring of the membership there. The recurring theme of her life has been faith and service, a determination to "make a difference" in someone's life, and to be obedient and faithful to His leading.