100% Inuit Owned
Polar Vision Centres Ltd. operates two optical outlets: Polar Vision in Yellowknife and Baffin Optical in Iqaluit. Our opticians travel to the communities of Nunavut. Owner Nunasi Corporation established Polar Vision in Yellowknife in 1986 and opened Baffin Optical in Iqaluit in 1989. We have highly-trained staff at both our locations and work hard to ensure professional service for all our vision clients. Contact Polar Vision or Baffin Optical to inquire about mobile optical services for your communities.
Polar Vision Centres Ltd. offers an annual $2500 scholarship, established to encourage Inuit to continue with their education and pursue academic excellence. Eligible applicants must be Beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and enrolled in a recognized, accredited educational institution for the academic year. Mature adult education students may also apply.
Be the premier optical dispensary in Nunavut and NWT through the provision of quality vision care products at a reasonable price delivered by certified, experienced staff that have exceptional customer service skills.
Our company’s mission is to:
Be the eyewear provider of choice in the NWT and Nunavut
Develop the capacity to assemble and manufacture vision care products in the North
Train and employ beneficiaries and
Generate profit for the shareholders
Roseanne Gaulton - Acting General Manager
Dispensing Optician/ Contact Lens Practitioner Assistant
Roseanne has 5 years of management experience and 8 years in optical dispensing. As the office manager for Polar Vision Centre, she is responsible for the day to day business and customer service. Roseanne has lived in the North for 15 years and has had the pleasure of visiting most of the Nunavut communities.
Marnna Traill-Dispensing Optician/ Traveller
Marnna brings on board 15 years of retail management experience. She is looking forward to serving Polar Visions patients in Nunavut and seeing all the beauty it has to offer. Marnna has lived in the North for 15 years.
Beth Saturos - Lab Manager
Beth has 16 years’ experience managing and operating an optical lab. As a lab manager, she is responsible for the accurate and efficient cutting of all prescription glasses manufactured on-site. Glasses are then packaged and shipped throughout Nunavut. Beth has been in the North for 29 years.
Karl O’Keefe - Full-Time Traveller
Karl has 10 years of experience in optical dispensing. He started at Polar Vision Centre almost 5 years ago, and he has travelled to almost every community in Nunavut. He enjoys assisting customers and helping out with administration when required. Karl has lived in the North for 20 years.
Chona Alberca - Lab Assistant
Chona is a full-time employee of Polar Vision. She started with Polar Vision 4 years ago. She loves helping customers and assisting other colleges. She has lived in Yellowknife for 7 years.
Emma Dizon - Lab Assistant
Emma started with Polar Vision Centre 4 years ago. She has many years of experience working in optical laboratories. Emma works side by side with Beth to make sure our patients of Nunavut receive their glasses in a timely manner. Emma has lived in Yellowknife for 23 years.
Wayne Wheeler - Manager
Wayne has 30+ years of experience in the optical industry and has been with Polar Vision/Baffin Optical for the past 12 years. Wayne passed the Optical Technicians course in 1987 and also passed the “AOABC” exam in 1994. Wayne believes in respect, superior customer service and quality of optical products.