ABOUT US

Ham’s Vision Centre in Centennial Square is the largest privately owned Optical company that has been serving Thunder Bay and region for over 65 years.  We also have 4 full-time registered professional opticians and are extremely proud of the depth of knowledge and experience of our team.


Ham’s Mission is to provide exemplary customer service and present
professional demeanor at all times.

Ensure good quality merchandise at a reasonable price and to conscientiously fulfill
t
he instructions of your optometrist or eye specialist.



Bob McEwen, Owner & President

Bob began his career at Ham’s in 1960 and he continues the tradition of locally owned and operated ownership.  Our commitment to our customers is what Bob is most proud of.  This could not happen without our dedicated and loyal staff.


Cassandra Johnson Korolenko, Manager & RegisterCassandraed Optician

Cassandra is a third generation optician.  She followed her parents and grandfather into the eye care industry.  She has been a licensed optician since 1990 and has been with Ham’s Vision Centre since 2001.  Her favorite part of the job is dealing with clients that have been coming to Ham’s since they were children and are now bringing their grandchildren.  Service, quality and selection are a priority for her.


ColleenColleen Gascoigne, Registered Optician

Colleen has been happily working at Ham’s since 1997.  She started out with a B.S.W in 1995 but switched career paths when she fell in love with the optical world.  Eventually becoming a licensed optician in 2009.  Colleen has built a strong and committed loyalty among her clientele.


Sheila Jalava, Registered Optician

Sheila has been involved in the eyeglass industry since 1991 and has been with our team since 1997.She worked in our on-site laboratory for many years until she decided to further her education and become a registered optician.  Sheila enjoys the opportunity of serving both new and long time customers on a daily basis.  She also takes pleasure in helping make choosing new eyewear an easy and enjoyable experience.


TammyTammy Brown, Registered Optician

Tammy became a licensed optician in 2016, however, she is no stranger to the eye care industry.  In the industry since 1998, her experience encompasses everything from billing and pre-testing to manufacturing.  Tammy’s passion for the industry is exemplified by her exceptional service and her loyal and dedicated following.


Kathy Schreyer, Receptionist & Fashion Consultant

Kathy joined the Ham’s team in 2013.  She was sought out by the Ham’s team because of solid reputation backed up by 30 years of remarkable customer service experience.  She initially started in our lab and when an opening came up she eagerly moved up to the front of the store to help with customers, where she is at her best.  She enjoys meeting new people, learning all the different aspects of the optical industry, and looking after our customers.


MitchMitch Demers, Optical Lab Technician

Mitch enthusiastically joined the Ham’s team in March or 2015 as our Optical Lab Technician.  He is responsible for all on-site manufacturing that meets the specifications of your optometrist or eye care specialist.  Mitch uses the most up-to-date optical equipment and his proficiency allows Ham’s to service our customers more efficiently as well as offer you a quick turnaround on repairs.  Whether you are purchasing a new pair of glasses or sunglasses Mitch will be behind the scene making sure your selection is completed to your satisfaction.