The Education Committee is responsible for anticipating future professional competencies of opticians and educational curriculums to meet the upcoming eye care needs of the public.
It is forward-looking, dedicated to working with partners on identifying and reviewing the training necessary for opticians to better perform their role as eye care professionals.
Why have an Education Committee?
- To identify future eye care needs of the public so that Canadian opticianry can strategically approach upcoming education needs on a national level.
- To review the existing competencies of opticians and to determine areas which require updating so that opticians are on the cutting edge of eye care.
- To assess existing educational curriculums and to identify their capacity to meet future eye care needs.
- To work closely with schools, associations, and professional regulators to ensure collaboration, the best use of resources and shared experiences.
Terms of reference
The main responsibilities of the Education Committee are:
- To anticipate the upcoming vision needs of the Canadian public by reviewing demographic and public demand trends.
- To make recommendations to the Executive Committee of the OCC on educational and training needs of opticians that take into account the future vision needs of the public and technological advances in the profession.
- To assess current educational curriculums in Canada and to recommend improvements to the Executive Committee of the OCC.
- To collaborate with schools, associations, and professional regulators on a regular basis to promote the development of future competencies and educational curriculums.
- The Education Committee will be comprised of at least one person from each of the Partners: Opticians Association of Canada (OAC), the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR), and the Canadian Association of Opticianry Educators (CAOE).
- The Committee will also include a member of the OCC Executive Committee and a resource person from the National Partnership Office (NPO).
Duration of membership
- Unless they resign or leave for other reasons, each member of the Education Committee will hold office at the pleasure of the relevant Partner.
- In the event of a casual vacancy occurring in the membership of the committee, the relevant Partner will appoint a person to fill the vacancy.
Voting and decision making
- All members of the Education Committee shall have full voting rights except where a conflict of interest clearly exists in regard to any issue under consideration. The Executive Member does not have voting rights.
- In its ordinary meetings, the Education Committee makes decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote, following either written (through discussion papers) or verbal briefings and following discussion and consideration at the meeting.
Frequency of, chairing and quorums at meetings
- The Education Committee meets at least 9 times in each calendar. The Executive Member is responsible for ensuring that a schedule of at least 9 monthly meetings is set at the beginning of each calendar year.
- Meetings are held by telephone conference call or physical meetings
- The quorum for an ordinary meeting is 2. That means two MC members must be present at the start of the meeting, either in person or by joining the meeting in teleconference.
- The meeting will usually be chaired by a President.
- The meeting will include an in camera portion of the Partners. The Executive Member will be absent from this portion of the meeting.
- Meetings usually last for no more than 2 hours