Clark and Donna Layden have owned H&H Optical and Hearing Center since 1981, and operated it since 1984, when they moved to Drumheller from Stettler. While living in Stettler for 8 and ½ years Clark was working for Hauck Opticians in the capacity of Manager as a Licensed Dispensing Optician and Licensed Hearing Aid Practitioner. Clark has just been recognized by the International Hearing Society for 30 years of service in the hearing profession. It has been 38 years, since 1972, that Clark began his career as an Optician.
Canadian Vision Care (CVC) is a registered charity that Clark has been involved with since 1982. Every year this organization helps the needy in the form of eye exams, eyeglasses, and eye surgery. For over 20 years, Clark has been the optician coordinating the accumulation of eyeglass frames for CVC’s many projects in other countries. He has also been able to go on many trips to Jamaica to work for the organization. Once the eye exams are done, and the teams return to Canada, Clark is responsible for completing the eyeglasses and returning them to the recipients through their local Lions Clubs. Most of the Optometrists that practice in our office, have been privileged to see first-hand the eye diseases prevalent in tropical climates by donating their time and expertise to CVC.
Clark has been very active in the Drumheller Lions Club for many years and has held positions ranging from Region Chairman to President. The mandate of Lions Clubs International is eyesight. Lions are responsible for the founding of the Lions Eye Bank located in Calgary, Alberta.
After moving to Drumheller, Donna started working part-time as a receptionist and bookkeeper at H&H, while their children were still small. In 1990, Donna graduated from the Opticians apprenticeship program through NAIT and became a Licensed Dispensing Optician.
When Clark semi-retired from the business in 2006, Donna took over as manager instead of sharing that responsibility on a daily basis with Clark.