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The Community Outreach Committee is responsible for providing opticians with the opportunity and the tools necessary to put a positive face on the profession, to educate members of the public about important eye health issues and to establish a record of community service.

Why have an Community Outreach Committee?

  • To develop a strategic plan to provide vision screening for 100% of the population


Terms of reference

The main responsibilities of the Community Outreach Committee are:

  • To increase the public awareness of the profession of Opticianry
  • To anticipate the upcoming eye health needs of the Canadian public by reviewing demographic and age-related trends
  • To educate all opticians in Vision Screening techniques
  • To utilize this trained task force to provide vision screening and public education as a community outreach program, by utilizing widely spread events such as Eye Care Fairs on a regular basis.
  • To identify those individuals who may be at risk for the four big dangers to sight, but who are unaware of that risk.
  • To educate the public about the importance of seeking an eye health examination
  • To increase the percentage of the public seeking an eye examination
  • To develop a method of efficiently screening members of the public to identify and refer individuals requiring a higher level of eye health care

Membership

  • The Community Outreach Committee will be comprised of at least one person from each of the OCC Member Organizations, 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 OCC administrative office.

Duration of membership

  • Unless they resign or leave for other reasons, each member of the Community Outreach Committee will hold office at the pleasure of the relevant organization
  • In the event of a casual vacancy occurring in the membership of the committee, the OCC will appoint a person to fill the vacancy.


Voting and decision making

  • All members of the Community Outreach Committee shall have full voting rights. The Driver and Office Resource Personnel do not have a vote.
  • In its ordinary meetings, the Community Outreach 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 Community Outreach Committee meets a minimum of 4 times per year, or more often as required. The Chairperson is responsible for ensuring that a schedule of at least 4 meetings is set at the beginning of each calendar year.
  • Meetings are held by telephone conference call, email or physical meetings
  • The quorum for an ordinary meeting is 4. That means four VSC 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 lead by a Chairperson.
  • Meetings usually last for no more than 2 hours.