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The Visionary & Pinnacle Awards

OWA milestones, career advancements, and professional developments are a cause for recognition.

Past Honorees

Visionary Award

This influential leader demonstrates progressive thinking and actively cultivates professional development of women, contributing to the successful future of the entire optical industry.

Sheena Taff Portrait

Sheena Taff

2022 Visionary Award Recipient

Sheena Taff, also known as @Optician.About.Town, is an award-winning Licensed Optician and Optical Blogger who runs a second-generation independent optical boutique in Vancouver, Canada.

Taff has gained attention for her tenacious drive to change the perspective of the optical experience. Her mission is to share the benefits of wearing quality eyewear and change the perception of what it means to wear glasses. She has a monthly column in EyeCare Business magazine and is the founder of the #EyeStyleInfluencers, an industry group committed to educating peers and the public on the importance of eye health and seeing an eyecare professional.

In her blog, OpticianAboutTown.com, she shares her fashion-forward perspective and the joys of EyeStyle while focusing on the equal importance of lenses as part of the story. Taff utilizes her role as an industry influencer, writer, and speaker to share her unbridled passion for the optical industry and all the creative freedom and diverse opportunities it affords.

Pinnacle Award

OWA recognizes a member who has demonstrated long-standing and consistent dedication and commitment to the OWA and to furthering the advancement of the leadership role of women in the optical industry. A pinnacle is the highest point of development or achievement, and the Pinnacle Award honors the person's success, determination and influence. The recipient is one who is recognized for inspiring others to reach aspirational heights and career advancement. Signifying a lofty peak, the Pinnacle Award also symbolizes major OWA milestone years as it will only be bestowed on anniversaries.

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Corinne McCormack

2017 Pinnacle Award Recipient

As this year's recipient, Corinne McCormack is a clear choice to receive this honor. McCormack exemplifies commitment to the OWA and has a track record of dedication and service to the association that spans the years. Throughout her career in fashion and in optical, she has crafted her own unique brand of leadership. Upon entering the industry, McCormack joined the OWA and has consistently been an ardent promoter of the association. She founded and presided over Corinne McCormack, Inc., an eyewear and accessories company, in 1993. Today, her company is a subsidiary of FGX International Inc., where she continues to thrive in a leadership position and develop new creations as Vice President and Fashion Director.

Named as one of Vision Monday's "Most Influential Women in Optical" in both 2004 and 2010, McCormack has served as a Director of the Board, a former President of the OWA, and has chaired multiple committees. She inspires emerging talent to join the OWA. She is a stellar choice for the inaugural anniversary award on the occasion of the OWA's 20th anniversary celebration.

"Corinne had a vision to bring fashion to the reader market and built a brand that is well-recognized today," observed OWA President Maureen Cavanagh. "She is actively involved in the OWA Nominating Committee and is a generous volunteer to our association."

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