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Electoral District Representative Term
District 1 (Lower Mainland) Aly Jamal
2015-2017
District 1 (Lower Mainland) Polly Lee
2015-2017
District 2 (Vancouver Island) Raheem Savja
2017-2019
District 3 (Okanagan and the Kootenays) David McGowan 2016-2018
District 4 (Cariboo) Yvonne Ryder
2017-2019
District 5 (Contact Lens Registrant) Stephanie Weir
2016-2018



Public Appointee Location Appointee Term Expiry
Kamloops Diana Skoglund January 31, 2019
Surrey
Savik Sidhu
December 31, 2017
Burnaby
Peter Luongo
December 31, 2017

As a professional body, the COBC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of elected and appointed members.  Of the ten board members, six are elected from the profession and four are appointed by government as specified in the Health Professions Act.

Elected Board members are registered Opticians of the College in good standing.  Appointed public members are appointed by the provincial government.  The Health Profession Act requires that appointed public members make up at least one-third of Board members.

Biography of Board of Directors

The Board takes on its work in the public interest and not in the interest of individual registrants or member groups within the profession of Opticianry.  They must be guided by the public interest and avoid positions that could be deemed as a conflict of interest.

Aly Jamal, District 1 (Elected)
Contact Lens Fitter, Automated Refracting Optician
Mr. Jamal graduated from the Douglas College Optician Program.  He has practiced as an Optician & Contact Lens Fitter for over 17 years.  He has had experience in different settings from being a manager, working for large companies and clinics. He has had the privilege to participate in an eyeglass mission and had the opportunity to be a practicum supervisor for Douglas College's Dispensing Optician students.  He delivers presentations for Bausch & Lomb.  He served on the COBC Board from January-December 2010.  He is currently a member of the COBC Inquiry Committee, PLAR assessment interviewer and serves as an examiner for NACOR.

Polly Lee, District 1 (Elected)
Contact Lens Fitter, Automated Refracting Optician
Ms. Lee and her husband have been in the optical retail business since 1981 and currently co-own two optical stores in the Lower Mainland. Ms Lee graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and currently holds licenses as an Automated Refracting Optician and Contact Lens Fitter. She served the Registration Committee as member and was Chair for year 2016. Currently Ms. Lee is an elected member of the Board, acts as Financial Officer for the Board, and a member of the Inquiry Committee. She has a keen interest in bridging public interest, regulation and opticians so as to strengthen the quality of the profession.

Raheem Savja, District 2 (Elected)
Contact Lens Fitter & Refracting Optician
Mr. Savja has been a licensed optician and contact lens fitter for 21 years. He has been in management for 19 years. Mr. Savja is also a refracting optician since 2010. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in cell and development biology from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Savja is currently an examiner for the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators and has attended several national Opticians Council of Canada meetings.

David McGowan, District 5 (Elected)
Contact Lens Fitter & Refracting Optician
Mr. McGowan was elected by acclamation in District 5 (Contact Lens Fitter). David has been working in the optical industry for 24 years and has previously served as the President of the College of Opticians of Alberta, Opticians Association of Canada representative for Alberta, and the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators representative for Saskatchewan.

Stephanie Weir, District 5 (Elected)
Contact Lens Fitter & Refracting Optician
Ms. Weir is a refracting optician and contact lens fitter from Parksville, BC. She was previously a COBC Board member from 2005-2010 and has volunteered with the COBC in various capacities (registration committee, discipline committee, PLAR interviewer, item reviewer). Aside from her optician education and training, she also holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Victoria. She has also volunteered as a Board member with the United Way and as an Advisory Committee Member with the City of Parksville.

Diana Skoglund, Public Member (Appointed)
Ms. Skoglund is presently the Manager of Media Relations and Communications at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. In this role she leads the team accountable for external as well as internal strategic communications. Previously she has served as the communications chair for the Provincial Capital Commission based in Victoria and for Habitat for Humanity Kamloops. In the past she has held various positions with the City of Kamloops,including occupational health and safety officer and gardener. Ms. Skoglund holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communications and Society from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Thompson Rivers University. 


Savik Sidhu, Public Member (Appointed)
Savik Sidhu is the Director of Physician Contracts and Hospitalist Services with the Fraser Health Authority. Previously he was a Business Operations Manager and Director of Regional Operations with the Provincial Health Services Authority. Mr. Sidhu is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He holds his Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and his Bachelors of Geography from the University of Victoria.

Peter Luongo, Public Member (Appointed)
After retiring as both a teacher and administrator in the Langley School District 2013, Mr. Luongo joined the Super Save Group of Companies as th Executive Vice President of Sales. He has also owned and operated his own consulting firm for over 30 years and remains active in his community as a member of the Rotary Club of Langley, President of the Langley Ukulele Association, and Vice Chair of the Langley School District Foundation. Beyond these roles, Mr. Luongo has a long history of leadership and volunteering in his community as well as in his profession. 

Yvonne Ryder, District 4 (Elected)
Ms. Ryder has been an optician for 24 years and graduated from NAIT in 95/96. Ms. Ryder started out in a locally owned store working with William Gurney who opened the shop in 1968 which she purchased in 2009 when Mr. Gurney officially retired at the age of 80! Ms. Gurney has had the opportunity to travel with TWECS in November 2011 to Nicaragua for a mission and presented a speech to the White Cane Club on the experience. Ms. Ryder continues to volunteer at senior centers and hospice houses adjusting eyewear for immobile patients. Ms. Ryder has also had the pleasure of being on the Quality Assurance board from 2014-present day.
Recruiting for a Registrar
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An exciting leadership opportunity:

Established in 1994, under the Health Professions Act, The College of Opticians of British Columbia is the professional regulatory body established to protect British Columbia’s public by regulating the practice of Registered Opticians. As part of its mandate, the College establishes and oversees: code of ethics, registration, standards of practice, the patient relations program, quality assurance initiatives as well as addresses public concern regarding registrants. The College of Opticians regulates and improves the Opticianry practice by ensuring Licensed Opticians provide high quality, competent and professional care to help people achieve better vision.
An exciting leadership opportunity:

Established in 1994, under the Health Professions Act, The College of Opticians of British Columbia is the professional regulatory body established to protect British Columbia’s public by regulating the practice of Registered Opticians. As part of its mandate, the College establishes and oversees: code of ethics, registration, standards of practice, the patient relations program, quality assurance initiatives as well as addresses public concern regarding registrants. The College of Opticians regulates and improves the Opticianry practice by ensuring Licensed Opticians provide high quality, competent and professional care to help people achieve better vision.

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Should you be interested in learning more about this leadership opportunity please contact Carol Robinson or Paul Phillips or forward your resume, a letter of introduction and the names and contact information for three referees, in confidence, to info@hwest.ca


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