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Hiring for a program manager View Full Story Minimize
Posted: May 10, 2017 |

Program Manager

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: preferably June/July 2017

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Website Address: www.cobc.ca

As the program manager, your priority will be to develop and manage current statutory programs to regulate opticians in the public interest. The program manager’s key responsibilities are supporting the College of Opticians of British Columbia’s (COBC) Registrar, Board of Directors, and quality assurance committee. This includes project management, strategic planning, volunteer development and navigating politicized environments with stakeholders.
Program Manager

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: preferably June/July 2017

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Website Address: www.cobc.ca

As the program manager, your priority will be to develop and manage current statutory programs to regulate opticians in the public interest. The program manager’s key responsibilities are supporting the College of Opticians of British Columbia’s (COBC) Registrar, Board of Directors, and quality assurance committee. This includes project management, strategic planning, volunteer development and navigating politicized environments with stakeholders.

The COBC’s mandate is to serve and protect the public by regulating opticians. The COBC is responsible for setting and enforcing the standards of opticianry in British Columbia.


Culture
The COBC is a small professional regulatory body with a full-time staff of four people. Professional regulation is evolving so we value team members who are passionate, self-starters, innovative, flexible, and comfortable with the unknown. We are looking for someone who is willing to adapt in an ever-changing environment and look forward to having the opportunity participate in all the organization’s initiatives and administrative functions. To be successful at the COBC, you need to enjoy learning and be open to receiving feedback. The team is also compassionate and empathic. We care about public safety and the impact our policies and programs can have on people.


Skills
The COBC team comes from a variety of backgrounds. We typically find that people are successful in this role when they have:
  • Experience in professional regulation and board governance
  • Experience in program development and/or project management
  • Bachelor or Master degree in political science, public administration or equivalent
  • Passionate about public policy, health legislation and regulation
  • Ability to determine priorities, be self-directed and work with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Experience training, developing and managing volunteers
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills to resource multiple projects and programs
  • Ability to interact with registrants and strategically understand user-experience for technology and program development
  • Ability to adapt new technology quickly
  • Ability to think critically and analytically

What you will be doing

Planning
  • Planning program and projects to accomplish their strategic goals within constraints such time and resources
  • Generate a work plan for various projects within a program and identify challenges and opportunities
  • Schedule tasks, deadlines, and milestones for stakeholder and volunteers
  • Schedule committee and board meetings and develop agendas according to strategic plan
  • Prepare and write grant proposals

Policy Development
  • Conduct research of issues to present to the Board and committees to develop policy
  • Develop, implement, regularly review, and update policies and procedures
  • Update and maintain professional standards of practice
  • Update and maintain COBC bylaws with legal counsel

Program & Project Management
  • Administer the current continuing education (CE) program including education activity accreditation and program support for registrants
  • Execute the new continuing competency program (will replace current CE program) including educating registrants and stakeholders on new requirements, managing registrant learning plans, and accrediting education activities
  • Develop tools to support the new continuing competency program
  • Monitor and evaluate progress on programs and projects
  • Coordinate program and project development with external project contractors/consultants
  • Manage projects to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Coordinate the annual general meeting, board meetings, board elections and committee meetings
  • Write reports and meeting minutes to keep volunteers and stakeholders informed
  • Prepare the annual report

Volunteer Management
  • Recruit, train, and support the development of board and committee members
  • Address volunteer concerns and providing guidance to volunteers
  • Prepare board and committee chairs to facilitate meetings
  • Coordinate volunteers and contractors for program and projects

Administration

It is a small office so all team members are expected to help with registrants and administrative functions as needed.


Contact Information:

Please direct enquiries, resumes, and cover letters stating your desired salary* to:

Connie Chong

Registrar

recruitment (at) cobc.ca

(Due to the volume of applications, we will not entertain phone calls)

*Cover letters that do not state desired salary will not be reviewed.
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Posted: May 10, 2017 |

Board Meeting Announcement: Sunday May 7, 2017 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: May 01, 2017 | COBC Staff

Meeting: Board Meeting When: Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 9:39am-5pm Where: Online - live streaming through Periscope (app); link will be announced through social media and in the announcements section of the website. In-person: You may attend the board meeting in-person if you RSVP to mtrusolino@cobc.ca by Thursday, May 7, 2017. The in-person meeting will be at the new office at 2855 Arbutus Street. In-person spots are limited. Please follow us on social media for further announcements. https://twitter.com/CO_BritishC https://www.facebook.com/CollegeofOpticiansBC
Office Closed View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 13, 2017 | COBC

Our office will be closed for from April 14-April 17, 2017 for Easter weekend. We will open again at 9:30am on Tuesday, April 18th.
COBC Board Meeting View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 05, 2017 |

Check out our Twitter page for live tweets and a live stream of our Board Meeting.
Board Meeting Announcement: Sunday February 5, 2017 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 26, 2017 | COBC Staff

The COBC's board meeting will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 10am-5 pm. Meeting: Board Meeting When: Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 10am-5pm Where: Online - live streaming through Periscope (app); link will be announced through social media and in the announcements section of the website. In-person: You may attend the board meeting in-person if you RSVP to mtrusolino@cobc.ca by January 31, 2017. The in-person meeting will be at the new office at 2855 Arbutus Street. In-person spots are limited. Please follow us on social media for further announcements. https://twitter.com/CO_BritishC https://www.facebook.com/CollegeofOpticiansBC
The College of Opticians of British Columbia Receives Two Grants from the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training to Assist International Applicants View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 26, 2017 | COBC Staff

Vancouver – The College of Opticians of British Columbia is pleased to announce that they have received two grants of $30,000 and $118,000 from the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training for projects aimed at improving the registration process for internationally trained applicants.
COBC Board Election Results View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 11, 2017 | COBC Staff

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce that Mr. Raheem Savja and Ms. Yvonne Ryder have been elected to the COBC Board from Electoral District 2 (Vancouver Island) and Electoral District 4 (Cariboo) Their term of office is January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019. We congratulate Raheem Savja and Yvonne Ryder on their election to the COBC Board.
Contact Information View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 19, 2016 | COBC Staff

You will only be able to reach COBC staff by email today. We've experienced extreme delays trying to get in to the office. Thank you for your patience.
Holiday Hours View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 22, 2016 | COBC Staff

We are going to be closed for the Holidays from the afternoon of December 23, 2016 - January 2nd, 2017. We will reopen January 3rd, 2017 at 9:30am.
Notice of Bylaw Amendment View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 12, 2016 | COBC Staff

The COBC has to amend its bylaws to include newly accredited Canadian opticianry programs. On December 5, 2016 the Board of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) approved changes to COBC’s bylaws as set out in the attached document (marked with tracked changes). Notice of the amendments is hereby posted on the College's website with copy sent to the other BC health regulatory bodies and to the Minister of Health, as required by section of 19 (6.2) of the HPA. The COBC has to amend its bylaws to include newly accredited Canadian opticianry programs. Any feedback on the proposed amendments should be sent to the COBC and/or to the Ministry of Health no later than March 12, 2016. Ministry of Health Email/Web • proregadmin@gov.bc.ca • Online feedback form Attention: Executive Director Professional Regulation & Oversight Ordinary Mail Ministry of Health Health Sector Workforce Division 1515 Blanshard Street PO Box 9649 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9P4 Attention: Executive Director Professional Regulations & Oversight College of Opticians of British Columbia Email/fax • cchong@cobc.ca • Fax: 604.278.7594 Attention: Connie Chong, Registrar and Executive Director Ordinary Mail Connie Chong, Registrar and Executive Director College of Opticians of British Columbia 2855 Arbutus Street Vancouver, BC V6J 3Y8
Contact Information View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 09, 2016 |

You will only be able to reach COBC staff by email today. We will not be in the office today due to weather conditions. Thanks you for your patience.
District 2 Election LIVE View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 06, 2016 | COBC Staff

The election for a District 2 (Vancouver Island) board member representative is now live. The election for a District 2 (Vancouver Island) board member representative is now live. If you are in District 2 you will have received an email with a link to cast your vote. You have until December 31st to cast your vote. If you have not received the email please check your junk folder and/or contact the College.
Office Closed View Full Story Minimize
Posted: November 11, 2016 | COBC Staff

Our office will be closed on November 11, 2016, for Remembrance Day. We will return to the office on Monday, November 14 at 9:30am.
October Newsletter View Full Story Minimize
Posted: November 07, 2016 | COBC Staff

The October Newsletter is now available, featuring information abut our AGM, new CCP, electronic record keeping, and more!
New Mailing Address View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 06, 2016 | COBC Staff

We have a new mailing address! Make sure you make a note. Our new address is: The College of Opticians of British Columbia 2855 Arbutus Street Vancouver, BC V6J 3Y8
September Newsletter View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 03, 2016 | COBC Staff

The September Newsletter was sent out today via email. Check your email and read about the new Continuing Competency program, coming soon!
Office Move View Full Story Minimize
Posted: September 26, 2016 | COBC Staff

The COBC staff are currently moving to a new office. We are moving in with The College of Registered Nurses at 2855 Arbutus St, Vancouver BC. This week we are moving our phones. Your calls and emails may take longer than usual for us to respond to. Thank you for your patience.
Notice of Board and Annual General Meetings View Full Story Minimize
Posted: September 20, 2016 |

The COBC's board meeting will be on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 9-5 pm.

At this meeting, we will also hold the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 4-5 PM.

Meetings: Board and Annual General Meeting

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 9-5 PM

Where: Online - live streaming through Periscope (app); link will be announced through social media or emailed to those who RSVP'd.

In-person - You may attend both meetings in-person as long as you email mtrusolino@cobc.ca by October 7, 2016.

The in-person meeting will be at the new office at 2855 Arbutus Street. In-person spots are limited.

Attendance at the AGM is worth 2 EC credits. Please follow us on social media for further announcements. https://twitter.com/CO_BritishC https://www.facebook.com/CollegeofOpticiansBC
Office Closed View Full Story Minimize
Posted: September 02, 2016 | COBC

The College of Opticians of British Columbia is closed Monday September 5th for Labour Day long weekend. The College of Opticians of British Columbia is closed for Labour Day long weekend. We will reopen again Tuesday September 6th at 9:30 am.
August Newsletter View Full Story Minimize
Posted: August 30, 2016 | COBC

Our August Newsletter has been sent out via email. Take a look at our August newsletter to learn about the OAC Vision Vancouver event, read testimonies from our volunteers, read about our upcoming office move, and more.
Office Closed View Full Story Minimize
Posted: July 29, 2016 |

The College is closed for BC day on Monday August 1st, 2016. We will reopen on Tuesday at 9:30am! The College is closed for BC day on Monday August 1st, 2016. We will reopen on Tuesday at 9:30am!
Notice of Board Meeting - July 24, 2016 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: July 14, 2016 |

The College's next Board meeting is on Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM at the College's office - Suite 403, West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC. All Board meetings are open to registrants and the public to attend with advance notice. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca at least 3 days prior to the board meeting if you wish to attend. For more information, including link to the agenda, please click here.
Notice of Board Meeting - April 23, 2016 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 13, 2016 |

The College's next Board meeting is on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM at the College's office - Suite 403, West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC. All Board meetings are open to registrants and the public to attend with advance notice. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca at least 3 days prior to the board meeting if you wish to attend.
The Court of Appeal for British Columbia Finds in Favour of the College of Opticians of British Columbia View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 25, 2016 |

VANCOUVER, Feb. 23, 2016 – The BC Court of Appeal unanimously ruled in favour of the College of Opticians of BC today, which overturns the BC Supreme Court decision made in October 2014. VANCOUVER, Feb. 23, 2016 - The BC Court of Appeal unanimously ruled in favour of the College of Opticians of BC today, which overturns the BC Supreme Court decision made in October 2014. The Court found that the COBC can continue using a third party review of educational programs as a precondition for program recognition. The power to recognize educational programs includes the power to set minimum criteria and procedures for those that seek to be recognized. To find otherwise would undermine the COBC's mandate to serve and protect the public. Honourable Madam Justice Neilson released her decision today, which states that the College has the power to "... imply a procedural step as a matter of practical necessity." Read the full decision in the link above. At present the COBC requires all educational programs to be reviewed by the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR). From there, the NACOR review, and any other information that the applicant views as pertinent to their application, is distributed to the COBC Board who makes the final decision for program recognition. QUICK FACTS - The College has a duty under the law to protect public safety one aspect of which is to ensure the proper training and education of licensed opticians and contact lens fitters. - The College does accept applications from graduates of unaccredited students through their Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) program to determine whether or not they meet the entry level requirements for an optician and/or contact lens fitter. TIMELINE - The College has required all opticianry education programs that seek recognition and accreditation to undergo the NACOR accreditation process since 2003. - B.C. College of Optics Inc. (BCCO) filed a petition against the College for judicial review on July 28, 2009 claiming that the College had established an unlawful precondition for recognition by delegating responsibility to NACOR. - On September 4, 2009 Madam Justice Satanove dismissed the application arguing that "the order it seeks would effectively guarantee the Petitioner approval of its program, unconditionally and in perpetuity." - BCCO amended its 2009 petition on April 3, 2014 alleging that an exchange with the College regarding accreditation in 2013 constituted an application. - On October 2, 2014 a Supreme Court released its decision in favour of the BCCO and the College filed with the BC Court of Appeal. - A full hearing was held in the BC Court of Appeal on September 24, 2015. - The BC Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the College of Opticians of BC on February 23, 2016.
Notice of Board Meeting - February 21, 2016 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 04, 2016 | jtorres

The College's next Board meeting is on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM at the College's office - Suite 403, West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC.

All Board meetings are open to registrants and the public to attend with advance notice. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca at least 5 days prior to the board meeting if you wish to attend.
Office Closed, February 5-9 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 04, 2016 |

The College of Opticians of BC's (COBC) office will be closed from February 5th-9th for meetings. We will be returning to the office on February 10th.
COBC Board Election Results (Districts 3 and 5) View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 06, 2016 |

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce that Mr. David McGowan and Ms. Stephanie Weir have been elected to the COBC Board to represent Electoral District 3 (Okanagan and the Kootenays) and Electoral District 5 (Contact Lens Fitter Registrant). Ms. Weir will serve her first term of office while Mr. McGowan will serve his second term. The term of office is from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018.

Mr. McGowan won by acclamation for District 3. For District 5, the certified election results can be viewed by clicking the "Find Out More" link. The same link includes the certificates of election for both board members.

We congratulate and welcome Stephanie and David to the COBC Board.
Office Closed December 23rd - January 4th View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 23, 2015 | College of Opticians of BC

Out of office from December 23rd to January 4th. We are out of office from December 23rd to January 4th for the holiday season. We hope all of you of you have a very happy holiday!
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Posted: December 23, 2015 |

Notice of Proposed Bylaw Amendments View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 21, 2015 |

The Board of the College of Opticians of BC (COBC) proposes to amend the COBC Bylaws relating to the opticianry education programs recognized by the COBC. The expiry dates for program recognition are removed from the bylaws.

Notice of the proposed bylaw amendment is provided to the Ministry of Health, the public, and other interested stakeholders as required by section 19(6.2) of the Health Professions Act. The proposed amendments may also be viewed on the College’s website at www.cobc.ca.

Please click the link for the proposed amendments including the “track changes” version.
Hiring for an assistant registrar View Full Story Minimize
Posted: November 16, 2015 |

Job Type: Full time, 1yr contract with possibility of extension
Salary: Based on experience
Number of Positions Open: 1
Start Date of Employment: ASAP
Deadline: November 23, 2015
Website Address: www.cobc.ca
Job Type: Full time, 1yr contract with possibility of extension
Salary: Based on experience
Number of Positions Open: 1
Start Date of Employment: ASAP
Deadline: November 23, 2015
Website Address: www.cobc.ca

The College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision.

The Assistant Registrar position is a good opportunity to gain experience for further career opportunities in executive leadership. The Assistant Registrar will learn by working with the Registrar and other COBC staff participating directly with strategic planning, budgeting processes, interactions with related organizations, and consultations with a wide variety of regulation experts. The COBC is dedicated to training and equipping you in the field of professional self-regulation and non-profit management.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Required Skills:

  • Excellent verbal, written and communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good interpersonal skills who is able to interact with diverse stakeholders
  • Self-starter who works independently without supervision<
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Must be willing to adapt in an ever-changing environment and able to cope with a busy office, tight deadlines, and a multitude of tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated skills in project management and implementation
  • Excellent computer software skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and database applications
  • Interest in health legislation and regulation

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree (Bachelor's degree in communications or social sciences is an asset; new graduates are encouraged to apply)
  • Experience in a regulatory or non-profit setting is an asset
  • Experience in an administrative role supporting board or committee members is an asset
  • Volunteer coordination and training is an asset

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Facilitate Board and committee meetings
  • Assist in the administration of the COBC, including policy development, accounting, and website management (training will be provided)
  • Provide administrative support and carry out the mandate of the following committees and projects:

Inquiry Committee
All administrative and operational activities within the department, which include:

  • Managing the investigation of all complaints
  • Coordinating unauthorized practice and use of title inspections
  • Handling and processing of all complaints according to established internal processes
  • Ability to apply discretion in preparing, disclosing and handling information of a confidential and/or sensitive nature
  • Assessing incoming complaints and ensuring appropriate action is taken
  • Ensuring any follow‐up required is completed in a timely fashion according to policies and protocols
  • Organizing Committee meetings as necessary, including creating agendas, recording minutes, and carrying out action items from each meeting
  • Preparing quarterly reports to the Board on the committee's progress

Communications
All administrative and operational activities within the department, which include:
  • Developing content for monthly newsletters to registrants
  • Coordinating educational events
  • Coordinating public awareness campaigns with the marketing contractor
  • Collaborating with stakeholders on ad hoc communications projects

Patient Relations Committee
All administrative and operational activities within the department, which include:
  • Providing research and contributing to program development
  • Recruiting and training Patient Relations Ambassador volunteers
  • Coordinating with appropriate stakeholders to develop continuing education events related to patient relations
  • Organizing Committee meetings as necessary, including creating agendas, recording minutes and carrying out action items from each meeting
  • Preparing quarterly reports to the Board on the committee's progress
Contact Information
Please direct enquiries, resumes, and cover letters stating your desired salary* to:
Connie Chong
Registrar/Executive Director
reception at cobc dot ca
(Due to the volume of applications, we will not entertain phone calls)
*Cover letters that do not state desired salary will not be reviewed.
Office Closed, October 1-5 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 01, 2015 |

The C.O.B.C office will be closed between October 1st-5th. The staff will be checking their email periodically.
Annual General Meeting, Sunday, October 4, 2015 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: September 22, 2015 |

Please join us at our 2015 Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 4th.

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: Douglas Fir Ballroom A, B & C - Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Road, Richmond, BC
Notice of Board Meeting - October 3, 2015 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: September 29, 2015 |

The College's next Board meeting is on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:30 AM-3:00 PM at deHavilland room, Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Road, Richmond, BC. All Board meetings are open to registrants and the public to attend with advance notice. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca at least 5 days prior to the board meeting if you wish to attend.
Notice of Election - Okanagan and Kootenays; Contact Lens Fitter View Full Story Minimize
Posted: September 03, 2015 | jtorres

The board elections are coming up and by the start of 2016, one registrant from the Okanagan and Kootenays and a Contact Lens Fitter will become the newest members of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) Board of Directors. One of these elected registrants could possibly be you, your co-worker and/or your fellow optician. By running for elections you have the opportunity to make a difference by participating in the regulation of the practice of opticianry and ensuring British Columbia opticians provide safe, competent, and ethical care to help people achieve better vision. The board elections are coming up and by the start of 2016, one registrant from the Okanagan and Kootenays and a Contact Lens Fitter will become the newest members of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) Board of Directors. One of these elected registrants could possibly be you, your co-worker and/or your fellow optician. By running for elections you have the opportunity to make a difference by participating in the regulation of the practice of opticianry and ensuring British Columbia opticians provide safe, competent, and ethical care to help people achieve better vision.

The deadline for nomination is 5:00 pm on September 30, 2015. Nominees must submit completed nomination forms and provide profile information. Election forms are available from www.cobc.ca under Resources/Election Notice and Forms. Or click on the "Find Our More" link to access the form directly.

As a board member, meeting expenses are covered and you will receive meeting per diems for your valuable time.

For questions, call the College office at 604-278-7510 or jtorres@cobc.ca.
Next Board Meeting - July 12, 2015 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: July 06, 2015 |

The College's next Board meeting is on July 12, 2015 starting at 9:30AM. The meeting will be conducted by webinar. As the Board will be reviewing draft Bylaw changes, the meeting will be conducted mostly in-camera. There will be topics conducted in an open-session (about 10-15 minutes), which will be available for registrants and the public to attend with advance notice.
Please notify the College office by Thursday, July 9th, at jtorres@cobc.ca if you wish to attend.
Notice of Proposed Bylaw Amendments View Full Story Minimize
Posted: May 15, 2015 | Jtorres

The Board of the College of Opticians of BC (COBC) proposes to amend the COBC’s Bylaws to allow electronic voting and to allow the conduct of COBC business over electronic methods. The Board of the College of Opticians of BC (COBC) proposes to amend the COBC’s Bylaws to allow electronic voting and to allow the conduct of COBC business over electronic methods.

Notice of the proposed bylaw amendments is provided to the Minister of Health, the public, and other interested shareholders as required by section 19(6.2) of the Health Professions Act.

Please click the link for the proposed bylaw changes, including the “track changes” version.
Position Filled: Assistant Registrar View Full Story Minimize
Posted: May 22, 2015 |

Assistant Registrar- Position Filled The College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision. The Assistant Registrar position is a good opportunity to gain experience for further career opportunities in executive leadership. The Assistant Registrar will learn by working with the Registrar and other COBC staff participating directly with strategic planning, budgeting processes, interactions with related organizations, and consultations with a wide variety of regulation experts. The COBC is dedicated to training and equipping you in the field of professional self-regulation and non-profit management. Assistant Registrar- Position Filled The College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision. The Assistant Registrar position is a good opportunity to gain experience for further career opportunities in executive leadership. The Assistant Registrar will learn by working with the Registrar and other COBC staff participating directly with strategic planning, budgeting processes, interactions with related organizations, and consultations with a wide variety of regulation experts. The COBC is dedicated to training and equipping you in the field of professional self-regulation and non-profit management. Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Required Skills: • Excellent verbal, written and communication skills • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail and accuracy is a must • Self-starter who works independently without supervision • Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks • Must be willing to adapt in an ever-changing environment and able to cope with a busy office, tight deadlines, and a multitude of tasks simultaneously • Demonstrated skills in project management and implementation • Excellent computer software skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and database applications • Interest in health legislation and regulation Qualifications: • Undergraduate degree (Bachelor's degree in communications or social sciences is an asset; new graduates are encouraged to apply) • Experience in a regulatory or non-profit setting is an asset • Experience in an administrative role supporting board or committee members is an asset • Volunteer coordination and training is an asset Responsibilities (including but not limited to): • Facilitate Board and committee meetings • Assist in the administration of the COBC, including policy development, accounting, and website management (training will be provided) • Provide administrative support and carry out the mandate of the following committees and projects: Inquiry Committee All administrative and operational activities within the department, which include: • Managing the investigation of all complaints • Coordinating unauthorized practice and use of title inspections • Handling and processing of all complaints according to established internal processes • Ability to apply discretion in preparing, disclosing and handling information of a confidential and/or sensitive nature. • Assessing incoming complaints and ensuring appropriate action is taken • Ensuring any follow‐up required is completed in a timely fashion according to policies and protocols • Organizing Committee meetings as necessary, including creating agendas, recording minutes, and carrying out action items from each meeting • Preparing quarterly reports to the Board on the committee's progress Communications All administrative and operational activities within the department, which include: • Developing content and distributing monthly newsletters to registrants • Managing all online communications, including Facebook, Twitter, and website announcements • Developing communications material for registrants and the public • Coordinating educational events • Coordinating public awareness campaigns with the marketing contractor • Collaborating with stakeholders on ad hoc communications projects • Writing press releases as needed Patient Relations Committee All administrative and operational activities within the department, which include: • Research and program development • Recruiting and training Patient Relations Ambassador volunteers • Coordinating with appropriate stakeholders to develop continuing education events related to patient relations • Organizing Committee meetings as necessary, including creating agendas, recording minutes and carrying out action items from each meeting • Preparing quarterly reports to the Board on the committee's progress
Next Board Meeting - April 26, 2015 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 09, 2015 |

The College's next Board meeting is on April 26, 2015 starting at 9:30AM at the College's office at 1505-West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. All Board meetings are open to registrants and the public to attend with advance notice. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca at least 7 days prior to the board meeting if you wish to attend.
Office Closure: April 3-6, 2015 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 01, 2015 |

Please note, the College of Opticians of BC will be closed April 3-6, 2015. The office will reopen Tuesday, April 7. Please email reception@cobc.ca if you require assistance.
COBC District 1 Election Results (repost) View Full Story Minimize
Posted: May 25, 2015 |

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce that Mr. Aly Jamal and Ms. Polly Lee have been elected to the COBC Board from Electoral District 1 (Lower Mainland). Their term of office is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017. Mr. Jamal is re-elected for a second term into the Board while Ms. Lee will serve her first term.

License Renewal Deadline: March 31, 2015 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 25, 2015 |

It’s time to renew your registration! The application deadline for 2015-2016 license renewal is March 31, 2015 at 11:59PM. Be sure to renew on time so you can continue to practice as a Licensed Optician and avoid late fees.
Office Closure: February 20, 2015 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 11, 2015 |

Please note, the College of Opticians of BC office will be closed Friday, February 20, 2015. Please email reception@cobc.ca if you require assistance.
COBC Board Public Appointment View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 21, 2015 | jtorres

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Savik Sidhu to the COBC Board. We welcome Savik to the COBC Board and look forward to working with him over his term of office. The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Savik Sidhu to the COBC Board. We welcome Savik as the newest public appointee to the COBC Board and look forward to working with him over his term of office ending December 31, 2015.
COBC District 1 Election Results View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 20, 2015 |

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce that Mr. Aly Jamal and Ms. Polly Lee have been elected to the COBC Board from Electoral District 1 (Lower Mainland). Their term of office is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017. Mr. Jamal is re-elected for a second term into the Board while Ms. Lee will serve her first term.
We congratulate Aly Jamal and Polly Lee on their election to the COBC Board.
Next Board Meeting - January 25, 2015 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 13, 2015 | jtorres

The College's next Board meeting is on January 25, 2015 starting at 9:30AM at the College's office at 1505-West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. All Board meetings are open to registrants and the public to attend with advance notice. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca at least 7 days prior to the board meeting if you wish to attend.
Holiday Office Closure View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 11, 2014 |

Please note that the College will be closed from December 24, 2014, to January 1, 2014. The College will reopen January 2, 2014. Should you have any questions about continuing education credits or other matters during the closure, please email reception@cobc.ca
Office Closure: November 5, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 31, 2014 | jquelch

Please note, the College of Opticians of BC office will be closed Wednesday, November 5, 2014, for a regulatory conference.
Notice of Disciplinary Hearing View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 29, 2014 |

Notice of Hearing: The College of Opticians of British Columbia will be conducting a Disciplinary Hearing for Mr. William Lougheed on November 18-21, 2014. The hearing is open to the public. Dates: November 18-21, 2014 Time: 9:30am-4:30pm Location: Alliance for Arts and Culture 938 Howe St Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9
Annual General Meeting- October 26, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 17, 2014 |

Please join us at our 2014 Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 26th. The AGM will take from at the Delta Burnaby Hotel from 12:45pm-1:35pm.
Office Closure: October 27, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 14, 2014 |

Please note, the College of Opticians of BC office will be closed Monday, October 27, 2014.
Office Closure: October 6, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 06, 2014 |

Please note, the College of Opticians of BC office will be closed Monday, October 6, 2014, for a regulatory conference.
COBC Annual General Meeting on October 26, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 14, 2014 | JT

Registrants are encouraged to attend the College of Opticians of BC's Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 26, 2014. The AGM will take place from 12:45PM-1:35PM at the Delta Burnaby Hotel - 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby, BC. Registrants are encouraged to attend the College of Opticians of BC's Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 26, 2014. The AGM will take place from 12:45PM-1:35PM at the Delta Burnaby Hotel - 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby, BC.

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 12:45PM-1:35PM
Location: Delta Burnaby Hotel - 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby, BC
Registration Required? No. Continuing Education slips will be issued at the end of the AGM.
Board Meeting on October 25, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 02, 2014 | JT

The College's next Board meeting is on October 25, 2014 starting at 9:30AM at the College's office at 1505-West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. All Board meetings are open to registrants and the public to attend with advance notice. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca at least 7 days prior to the board meeting if you wish to attend.
Office Closure Dates View Full Story Minimize
Posted: August 30, 2014 | jquelch

Please note, the College of Opticians of BC office will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014, for the long weekend.
Notice of Election, District 1 (Lower Mainland) View Full Story Minimize
Posted: August 20, 2014 |

The board elections are coming up and by the start of the new year, two registrants from the Lower Mainland electoral district will become the newest members of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) Board of Directors. One of these elected registrants could possibly be you, your co-worker and/or your fellow optician. By nominating yourself for elections you have the opportunity to make a difference by participating in the regulation of the practice of opticianry and ensuring British Columbia opticians provide safe, competent, and ethical care to help people achieve better vision. The board elections are coming up and by the start of the new year, two registrants from the Lower Mainland electoral district will become the newest members of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) Board of Directors. One of these elected registrants could possibly be you, your co-worker and/or your fellow optician. By nominating yourself for elections you have the opportunity to make a difference by participating in the regulation of the practice of opticianry and ensuring British Columbia opticians provide safe, competent, and ethical care to help people achieve better vision.

Notice of Election and Nominations forms have been sent to registrants in the Lower Mainland. The deadline for nomination is September 30th, 2014. Nomination forms are also available from the COBC website's Resources section under Election Forms. Please click the "Find Out More" link to go to this page.

Please contact jtorres@cobc.ca if you have questions.
Board Meeting on July 20, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: July 14, 2014 |

The College's next Board meeting is on July 20, 2014 at 9:30AM at the College's office at 1505-West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. All Board meetings are open to registrants and the public to attend with advance notice. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca at least 3 days prior to the board meeting if you wish to attend.
Office Closure Dates View Full Story Minimize
Posted: June 17, 2014 | mryland

Please note, the College of Opticians of BC office will be closed June 27, 2014, but will be open during regular office hours of 9 am to 5 pm on July 1, 2014. If you have concerns, you can always email reception@cobc.ca.
Assistant Registrar Position View Full Story Minimize
Posted: May 07, 2014 |

Assistant Registrar

Job Type: One-Year Full-time
Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: ASAP

Deadline: May 19, 2014
Website Address: www.cobc.ca



The College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision.



The Assistant Registrar position is a good opportunity to gain experience for further career opportunities in executive leadership. The Assistant Registrar will learn by working with the Registrar and other COBC staff participating directly with strategic planning, budgeting processes, interactions with related organizations, and consultations with a wide variety of regulation experts. The COBC is dedicated to training and equipping you in the field of professional self-regulation and non-profit management.

Assistant Registrar

Job Type: One-Year Full-time
Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: ASAP

Deadline: May 19, 2014
Website Address: www.cobc.ca



The College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision.



The Assistant Registrar position is a good opportunity to gain experience for further career opportunities in executive leadership. The Assistant Registrar will learn by working with the Registrar and other COBC staff participating directly with strategic planning, budgeting processes, interactions with related organizations, and consultations with a wide variety of regulation experts. The COBC is dedicated to training and equipping you in the field of professional self-regulation and non-profit management.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Required Skills:
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Strong analytical skills
-Attention to detail and accuracy is a must
-Self-starter who works independently without supervision
-Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
-Must be willing to adapt in an ever-changing environment and able to cope with a busy office, tight deadlines, and a multitude of tasks simultaneously
-Demonstrated skills in project management and implementation
-Excellent computer software skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and database applications
-Interest in health legislation and regulation

Qualifications:
-Undergraduate degree (Bachelor's degree in communications or social sciences is an asset; new graduates are encouraged to apply)
-Experience in a regulatory or non-profit setting is an asset
-Experience in an administrative role supporting board or committee members is an asset

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
-Facilitate Board and committee meetings
-Assist in the administration of the COBC, including policy development, accounting, and website management (training will be provided)
-Provide administrative support and carry out the mandate of the following departments:

Inquiry Committee
All administrative and operational activities within the department, which include:
-Handling and processing all complaints according to established internal processes
-Managing the investigation of all complaints
-Coordinating unauthorized practice and use of title inspections
-Ability to apply discretion in preparing, disclosing, and handling information of a confidential and/or sensitive nature
-Assessing incoming complaints and ensuring appropriate action is taken
-Ensuring any follow-up required is completed in a timely fashion according to policies and protocols
-Organizing Committee meetings as necessary, including creating agendas, recording minutes, and carrying out action items from each meeting
-Preparing quarterly reports to the Board on the committee's progress

Communications
All administrative and operational activities within the department, which include:
-Developing content and distributing monthly newsletters to registrants
-Managing all online communications, including Facebook, Twitter, and website announcements
-Developing communications material for registrants and the public
-Coordinating educational events
-Coordinating public awareness campaigns with the marketing contractor
-Collaborating with stakeholders on ad hoc communications projects
-Writing press releases as needed

Contact Information:
Please direct enquiries, resumes, and cover letters stating your desired salary* to:
Annette Angell
Assistant Registrar
recruitment@cobc.ca

(Due to the volume of applications, we will not entertain phone calls)

*Cover letters that do not state desired salary will not be reviewed.
Board Meeting on April 27, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 23, 2014 |

The College's next Board meeting is on April 27, 2014 at 9:30AM at the College's office at 1505-West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. All Board meetings are open to registrants to attend without financial support. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca, if you wish to attend any of the board meetings.

Please click the "Find Out More" link for a complete list of board meeting dates.
Office Closed April 18-21, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 17, 2014 | mryland

The College of Opticians of British Columbia will be closed on Friday, April 18th and Monday, April 21st. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will respond to any missed phone calls and emails when we return to the office Tuesday, April 22nd.
View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 17, 2014 |

Unauthorized Practice of Eye Health Examinations by Michael Lougheed of Imperial Optical View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 11, 2014 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2014
College of Opticians of British Columbia

Unauthorized Practice of Eye Health Examinations by Michael Lougheed of Imperial Optical


Vancouver - The College of Opticians of British Columbia (the "College") is advising past patients of Michael Lougheed (an optician) and the Imperial Optical staff in Kelowna, B.C. to seek an eye health examination.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2014
College of Opticians of British Columbia

Unauthorized Practice of Eye Health Examinations by Michael Lougheed of Imperial Optical


Vancouver - The College of Opticians of British Columbia (the "College") is advising past patients of Michael Lougheed (an optician) and the Imperial Optical staff in Kelowna, B.C. to seek an eye health examination.

The College received complaints regarding alleged unauthorized practice at Imperial Optical. A College investigation provided evidence that Michael Lougheed and the staff at Imperial Optical may have misled patients to believe they had received an eye examination. While Michael Lougheed is certified by the College to conduct automated refractions to assess visual acuity, he is not an optometrist or ophthalmologist and does not have the authority to examine eye health.

Until the outcome of the investigation is known, the College has decided to take action to protect the public during the continued investigation of Michael Lougheed. Effective immediately, the College is placing limitations on his license and not allowing him to conduct automated refractions until several conditions are met.

Opticians certified by the College to conduct automated refractions can assess visual acuity for healthy patients between the ages of 19 and 64. Automated refracting opticians receive advanced education and are trained to recognize eye health issues that should be treated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Following a screening process and client notice, an optician is required to advise patients the difference between an automated refraction and eye health examination before assessing visual acuity. Opticians have been safely conducting automated refractions in B.C. since 1997 and there are now more than 300 automated refracting opticians across the province.

The College is the regulatory body that protects the public by ensuring B.C. opticians are competent professionals who are ethical, accountable and practice a standard of care. You can find out more about the College at www.cobc.ca.

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Quotes:

Gary Corner, Chair, Inquiry Committee, College of Opticians of B.C.
“The College of Opticians of B.C. upholds regulations and standards of care to ensure that certified opticians provide safe sight testing services to assess vision. The investigation has so far provided evidence that Michael Lougheed may be risking public safety by not adhering to the College’s standards for sight testing.”

Connie Chong, Registrar, College of Opticians of B.C.
“As a health profession regulator, the College of Opticians of B.C. has a duty to protect the public by holding opticians accountable to professional regulations to ensure safe patient care.”

Media Contact:
Connie Chong
Registrar
604-278-7510
cchong@cobc.ca
COBC Board Appoints New Member View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 09, 2014 |

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce that Mr. Payam Moshrefzadeh has been appointed to the COBC Board to represent Electoral District 2 (Vancouver Islands). His term of office starts February 23, 2014 and expires December 31, 2016.

On behalf of the COBC Board and its volunteers, we welcome Payam into the College.
The College is now on Twitter and Facebook! View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 28, 2014 |

We listened to your request for social media, and made it happen. Now you can find the most current information on College news, upcoming deadlines, and events on Twitter and Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @CO_BritishC and on Facebook to receive important reminders and updates!
Board Meeting on February 23, 2014 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 22, 2014 |

The College's next Board meeting is on February 23, 2014 at 9:30AM at the College's office at 1505-West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. The College's next Board meeting is on February 23, 2014 at 9:30AM at the College's office at 1505-West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. All Board meetings are open to registrants to attend without financial support. Please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca, if you wish to attend any of the board meetings.

Please click here for a complete list of board meeting dates.
BC’s health profession regulators join together to form a society for enhanced patient safety View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 11, 2014 |

For immediate release
February 3, 2014

BC’s health profession regulators join together to form a society for enhanced patient safety

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s 26 regulated health professions, governed by 22 colleges under the Health Professions Act, and one under the Social Workers Act, have incorporated under the Society Act to become the Health Profession Regulators of BC Society.
For immediate release
February 3, 2014

BC’s health profession regulators join together to form a society for enhanced patient safety

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s 26 regulated health professions, governed by 22 colleges under the Health Professions Act, and one under the Social Workers Act, have incorporated under the Society Act to become the Health Profession Regulators of BC Society.

“This is an important step forward for all of us,” says Cynthia Johansen, registrar and CEO of the College of Registered Nurses of BC and current co-chair of the society. “We have always worked cooperatively in the past to address common regulatory matters; however, the formation of a society provides a legal structure to advance our mandate of patient safety more effectively.”

The purpose of the society is to collaborate on the development of common approaches to core regulatory functions such as registration and licensing, handling complaints from patients, quality assurance activities, and the developmentof professional standards. As Johansen explains, “There is a lot of depth and breadth of expertise and experience amongst society members, which can be shared with others through joint task forces and working groups. We all regulate our professions under the same legislation. Sharing ideas, resources and best practices will inevitably lead to improvements for everyone.”

In September 2013, the society launched “our purpose, your safety,” a campaign designed to raise public awareness about the role colleges play in patient safety, and to shine a spotlight on the importance of seeing a regulated health professional. “We exist to protect the public,” says Johansen. “We make sure that anyone who uses the designation of any of the 26 regulated health professions is registered with their respective college, and meets all of the required conditions of registration.”

These conditions include graduation from a recognized school and successfully completing a rigorous examination process before being granted the privilege to practice. Health professionals must also complete criminal record checks, provide proof of good character, renew their registration each year, and keep their skills and knowledge up to date.

The Health Profession Regulators of BC Society is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote effective communication and collaboration between members on matters relating to regulation, administration and education.

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Media inquiries
Francine Gaudet
Director, Communications
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
604-736-7331, extension 323
Family Day Office Closure View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 08, 2014 |

The COBC office will be closed on Monday, February 10, 2014 for Family Day. We will return any phone calls and emails when we return to the office on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
COBC District 4 Election Results View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 06, 2014 | jtorres

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce that Ms. Megan Wingham has been re-elected to the COBC Board by acclamation to represent Electoral District 4 (Cariboo). The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce that Ms. Megan Wingham has been re-elected to the COBC Board by acclamation to represent Electoral District 4 (Cariboo). Her term of office is January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016. Ms. Wingham is serving her second term.

We congratulate Ms. Wingham on her re-election to the COBC Board.
Holiday Office Closure View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 20, 2013 |

The COBC office will be closed for the holidays starting on Monday December 23rd. We will return any phone calls or emails after the office opens on January 2nd.

We hope you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday season!
Fax Errors View Full Story Minimize
Posted: December 20, 2013 | mryland

Please note, our fax line 604-278-7594 is temporarily out of order. If you have submitted material on December 11, 2013 or later, please re-submit your fax to 604-424-4142. We are working to resolve this problem as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call 604-278-7510 ext. 200 or email reception@cobc.ca for all fax concerns.
COBC Annual General Meeting View Full Story Minimize
Posted: November 11, 2013 |

COBC registrants are encouraged to attend the College of Opticians of BC's Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The AGM will take place from 4PM-5PM at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.

Date: November 16, 2013
Time: 4PM-5PM
Location: Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel
3500 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC
Office Closed - November 11-18, 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: November 07, 2013 |

The College of Opticians of BC Office will be closed from November 11th to 18th, 2013 due to Remembrance day, national meetings and conference obligations. If you require assistance, please contact Megan Ryland at mryland@cobc.ca. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Nick Atkinson Merit Award Recipient Announced! View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 31, 2013 | mryland

The Nick Atkinson Merit Award for Leadership in Opticianry has been awarded for 2013! Click the link below to learn more about the award and this year's recipient, Taylor Chung.
Consumer Advisory - Halloween 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 23, 2013 | mryland

Click "Find Out More" to read the Opticians Council of Canada's important customer advisory regarding cosmetic contacts (non-corrective coloured lenses) during this Halloween season. The OCC urges customers to heed warnings of risks when considering cosmetic lenses and recommends consulting a Licensed Optician to make the right contact lens decisions for eye health and vision needs. Full statement linked below.
Cosmetic Contact Lens Webinar View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 12, 2013 |

Halloween is an exciting time for everyone to dress up and possibly consider plano cosmetic contact lenses to go with their Halloween outfit. However, improper lenses can lead to allergic reactions, infections, corneal scratches, or even blindness in severe cases. The College of Opticians of BC will be hosting an informative and collaborative webinar with retailers across the province to discuss how to best protect the public from any adverse health impacts. Halloween is an exciting time for everyone to dress up and possibly consider plano cosmetic contact lenses to go with their Halloween outfit. However, improper lenses can lead to allergic reactions, infections, corneal scratches, or even blindness in severe cases. The College of Opticians of BC will be hosting an informative and collaborative webinar with retailers across the province to discuss how to best protect the public from any adverse health impacts.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2013

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Online at https://join.me/collegeofopticiansofbc

To RSVP, please go to http://collegeofopticiansofbc.eventbrite.com/
Office Closed October 14, 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 11, 2013 |

The College of Opticians of BC will be closed on October 14, 2014 for the statutory holiday. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Annual General Meeting View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 07, 2013 |

COBC registrants are encouraged to attend the College of Opticians of BC's Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The AGM will take place from 4PM-5PM at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond. COBC registrants are encouraged to attend the College of Opticians of BC's Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The AGM will take place from 4PM-5PM at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.

Date: November 16, 2013
Time: 4PM-5PM
Location: Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel
3500 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC
Office Closed October 4, 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: October 02, 2013 | mryland

The College of Opticians of BC will be closed on Friday, October 4, 2013. If you require immediate assistance, please contact Connie Chong at cchong@cobc.ca.
Love Your Eyes and Win! View Full Story Minimize
Posted: September 10, 2013 |

The Opticians Council of Canada would like to encourage all Licensed Opticians to share and promote the Love Your Eyes TM campaign commencing on September 6th, 2013. It is an excellent opportunity to educate the public about the role and value of a Licensed Optician. The Opticians Council of Canada would like to encourage all Licensed Opticians to share and promote the Love Your Eyes TM campaign commencing on September 6th, 2013. It is an excellent opportunity to educate the public about the role and value of a Licensed Optician.

As a countdown to the celebration of World Sight Day, Love Your EyesTM is giving away prizes every week - for five weeks - from Friday, September 6th to Thursday October 10th. Contestants have the opportunity to win one of five prizes by answering daily questions on vision care. Every question answered garners contestants an entry into the current and all the following week's prize draws!

The contest website launches on September 6th, that's when you can start answering questions for your chance to win at www.weloveyoureyes.ca
Notice of Election, Districts 2 (Vancouver Island) and 4 (Cariboo) View Full Story Minimize
Posted: August 13, 2013 |

The board elections are coming up and by the start of 2014, one registrant from the Vancouver Island and one registrant from the Cariboo will be the newest members of the College of Opticians of BC (COBC) Board of Directors. One of these elected registrants could possibly be you, your co-worker and/or your fellow optician. By nominating yourself for elections, you have the opportunity to make a difference through regulating the practice of opticians and ensuring British Columbia Opticians provide safe and effective care to help people achieve better vision. The board elections are coming up and by the start of 2014, one registrant from the Vancouver Island and one registrant from the Cariboo will be the newest members of the College of Opticians of BC (COBC) Board of Directors. One of these elected registrants could possibly be you, your co-worker and/or your fellow optician. By nominating yourself for elections, you have the opportunity to make a difference through regulating the practice of opticians and ensuring British Columbia Opticians provide safe and effective care to help people achieve better vision.

ELIGIBILITY FOR ELECTION:

A registrant is eligible for election to the Board in an electoral district if on the date of the election, (1) he or she is engaged in the practice of opticianry in the electoral district for which he or she is nominated, or if he or she is not engaged in the practice of opticianry, is resident in the electoral district for which he or she is nominated; (2) he or she is not in default of payment of any prescribed fees; (3) his or her certificate of registration is not subject to a term, condition or limitation; (4) he or she is not a candidate for election in, or already of a member of the Board for, another electoral district.

Working on the Board of Directors will be a fulfilling and exciting experience, as opticians in BC will be increasingly demanded by the public due to the growing need for health care services.

As a board member, meeting expenses are covered and you will receive meeting per diems for your valuable time. Your nomination is highly encouraged to help contribute to the practice of opticianry and to help make British Columbia a better place to live.

For nomination forms, click here and scroll down to Election Forms.
Office Closed August 9, 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: August 06, 2013 |

The College of Opticians of BC will be closed on Friday, August 9, 2013. If you require assistance, please email Annette Angell, Assistant Registrar, at aangell@cobc.ca
Notice of Board Meeting - July 28, 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: July 25, 2013 |

The College's next Board meeting is on July 28, 2013 at 9:30AM. All Board meetings are open to registrants to attend without financial support. If you would like to attend the next Board meeting on July 28, 2013, please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca.

The College's next Board meeting is on July 28, 2013 at 9:30AM. All Board meetings are open to registrants to attend without financial support. If you would like to attend the next Board meeting on July 28, 2013, please notify the College office by email at jtorres@cobc.ca.

The meeting will be held at the Terminal City Club Boardroom, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC. Participation in discussions during the meeting is limited to Board members.

Love Your Eyes 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: June 28, 2013 |

We're at it again this year to help educate the public on the importance of eye health and the Licensed Optician's role in the process.

Last year, the Love Your Eyes campaign won international and national marketing awards generating over a million impressions across Canada!

Get your optical dispensary involved today!

This year we're building upon our successes to build an annual online contest to educate the public.
We're at it again this year to help educate the public on the importance of eye health and the Licensed Optician's role in the process.

Last year, the Love Your Eyes campaign won international and national marketing awards generating over a million impressions across Canada!

Get your optical dispensary involved today!

This year we're building upon our successes to build an annual online contest to educate the public.

LOVE YOUR EYES CAMPAIGN DESCRIPTION

Five weeks before World Sight Day on October 10th, an online media contest "bonanza" will officially launch, entitled the "Love Your Eyes Campaign". A list of up to five large and unique prizes will be provided that can be won by the participating public through the Love Your Eyes website. Throughout the five- week long contest, educational multimedia puzzles will be released weekly. For each puzzle solved, participants will be given one entry into a draw for that week's sponsored prize. As the weeks continue, users will run into more difficult questions, some of which they may need to ask their friends for help with through various social media opportunities. For every question answered throughout the five-week period, a participant will be given one entry to win the grand prize at the end of the fifth week.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  Be a Local Licensed Optician Sponsor! You can donate a minimum of $50* and receive:

-Love Your Eyes Promotional Materials for your dispensary ($20 Value) -Unlimited Free Additional Contest Entries for your clients and the popular Love Your Eyes Pins from last year as giveaways for your clients, and more! -Your Contact information on the Contest Website -A Minimum of 3 WOW Prize giveaways to Local Residents in your area on behalf of your dispensary**

*For every additional $50 donated, benefits received will increase proportionately
  **WOW Prize giveaways are timely and unexpected gifts provided on behalf of your dispensary to local residents
Registration and Administrative Assistant Position View Full Story Minimize
Posted: May 12, 2013 |

Job Type: 12 months, full-time contract
Salary: Based on experience
Number of Positions Open: 1
Start Date of Employment: ASAP
Deadline: May 15, 2013
Website Address: www.cobc.ca

The College of Opticians of British Columbia (the “College”) is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision.

The Registration and Administrative Assistant position is a good opportunity to gain experience in professional nonprofit and healthcare administration, specializing in the field of health profession regulation.
Job Type: 12 months, full-time contract
Salary: Based on experience
Number of Positions Open: 1
Start Date of Employment: ASAP
Deadline: May 15, 2013
Website Address: www.cobc.ca

The College of Opticians of British Columbia (the “College”) is the health regulatory body for all Opticians in BC. The College is responsible for regulating Opticianry in the public interest and ensuring that Opticians are providing competent and effective care to help people achieve better vision.

The Registration Assistant position is a good opportunity to gain experience in professional nonprofit and healthcare administration, specializing in the field of health profession regulation. The Registration Assistant is responsible for providing administrative support to the office and the Registrar through the following responsibilities (including but not limited to):

Registration Committee
• Administration of the registration of registrants
• Responding to enquiries regarding registration processes and procedures
• Providing administrative and logistical support for national examinations
• Writing agendas, recording minutes and executing action items from each registration committee meeting
• Facilitating the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process for applicants from non-accredited education
• Preparing quarterly reports to the Board on the registration committee’s progress
• Data management of registrant profiles

Quality Assurance Committee
• Administration of continuing education activity accreditation and submissions

Office Administration
• General office duties
• Accounting responsibilities including bookkeeping and cost efficiency tracking
• Coordinate board and committee meetings
• Other administrative and support responsibilities as required

In addition, you will assist in the administration of the College through writing letters, reports, policy research, and website management. The COBC is dedicated to training and equipping you in the field of professional non-profit and healthcare administration.

Qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree (new graduates are encouraged to apply)
• Strong analytical skills and the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to prioritize, organize and problem-solve
• Self-starter who works independently without supervision
• Knowledge of accounting systems and bookkeeping would be an asset
• CMS knowledge is an asset
• Professional and service -oriented
• Interest in health legislation and regulation

Contact Information:
Please direct enquiries, resumes, and cover letters with salary expectation to:
Annette Angell
Assistant Registrar
604.278.7510 ext 201 (toll-free: 1.888.771.6755)
recruitment at cobc dot ca
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Posted: May 03, 2013 |

Office Closed Friday April 19, 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 18, 2013 |

The College's office will be closed due to a hearing on Friday April 19, 2013. We will be open on Monday April 22 at 8 AM. The College's office will be closed due to a hearing on Friday April 19, 2013. We will be open on Monday April 22 at 8 AM.
Board Meeting April 28, 2013 View Full Story Minimize
Posted: April 09, 2013 |

The College's next Board meeting is on April 28, 2013 at 9AM. All Board meetings are open to registrants to attend without financial support. If you would like to attend the next Board meeting on April 28, 2013, please notify the College office at least 7 business days before the Board meeting. The College's next Board meeting is on April 28, 2013 at 9AM. All Board meetings are open to registrants to attend without financial support. If you would like to attend the next Board meeting on April 28, 2013, please notify the College office at least 7 business days before the Board meeting.

Meetings are held in COBC's Board room at Suite 403-1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Participation in discussions during the meeting is limited to Board members.

Board Meeting Time: Starts at 9AM
Location: 403-1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC
New Registrar Appointed View Full Story Minimize
Posted: March 11, 2013 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2013 College of Opticians of British Columbia

Vancouver - Raheem Savja, Chair of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) today announced the appointment of Connie Chong as Registrar, effective March 11, 2013. Ms. Chong has served as Acting Registrar since February 2012.

"We are delighted Ms. Chong has accepted the Registrar role for the COBC. She has done an excellent job as Acting Registrar in supporting our registrants and advancing the College's public protection mandate" says Mr. Savja.

Ms. Chong has served the COBC since 2007. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Calgary and is a University of British Columbia Masters of Health Administration candidate. She has a background in nonprofit management. She is currently a member of the Opticians Council of Canada national public awareness campaign's steering committee.

"I am delighted to be the next COBC Registrar," said Ms. Chong. "I have seen many interesting changes over the years and fully understand the challenges and opportunities that lie before the COBC. The COBC has an important role in helping to achieve a sustainable healthcare system and leading the transformation of vision care in British Columbia. I feel privileged to continue working with the Board, staff, volunteers and wold-class opticians to achieve the vision of being the most innovative vision care regulator through the most trusted opticians in the healthcare system."

"On behalf of the COBC Board I wish to congratulate Ms. Chong on her appointment as the next registrar," said Gary Corner, Vice-Chair of the COBC. "The COBC Registrar Succession Planning Committee was very prepared and thorough in recruiting the best person to lead the COBC. We have appreciated Ms. Chong's work with the COBC and we now look forward to working with her in her new role.

The College of Opticians of British Columbia regulates and improves the practice of opticians in the public interest by ensuring that BC Opticians provide quality professional care to help people achieve better vision.
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For more information, contact:
Raheem Savja
Chair, College of Opticians
(604) 278-7510
Participate in Validating the National Competencies for Canadian Opticians View Full Story Minimize
Posted: March 07, 2013 |

The National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) is looking for opticians to take part in the national survey aimed at validating revised national competencies for opticians. We urge you to consider participating in this national survey. The survey takes approximately 2 hours to complete; however, you can stop and save your answers at any time. The National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators (NACOR) is looking for opticians to take part in the national survey aimed at validating revised national competencies for opticians. We urge you to consider participating in this national survey. The survey takes approximately 2 hours to complete; however, you can stop and save your answers at any time.

Over the past six (6) months, NACOR has been working with opticians and educators from across Canada to revise the national competencies. This national project to create a common set of standards will help assess the educational qualifications and competencies of student opticians, and communicate expectation of the knowledge, skill, and judgment required by ALL Canadian opticians.

Continuing Education Credits Will Be Provided as Well as a Change to Win an iPad Mini.

Three (3EC) continuing education credits will be provided to opticians who complete the survey and your name will be entered into a draw to win an iPad mini.

How You Can Participate

Click on the link below to complete the survey by Monday, March 11, 2013. The survey will ask you to read the revised competencies and rank the frequency in which you perform the competencies. Add comments and suggest changes where needed. It will take you approximately 2 hours to complete the survey.

http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/icompconsulting/national-competency-validation-survey/

Thank you very much for your participation in this very important exercise, which will ensure that we are accurately describing the required knowledge, skill, and judgment of Canadian Opticians.
COBC Provincial Tour - Opticians Forum View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 26, 2013 |

Throughout March 2013, the College will be piloting a new Optician's Forum following the OAC-BC Chapter's Education Day. The Optician's Forum is an avenue for you to interactively discuss patient safety issues and bring these concerns to the COBC Board and Administration. There will be no fee for registrants who only attend the Opticians Forum. Those who attend will receive 4 EC credits towards their Mandatory Continuing Education requirements. Please RSVP at reception@cobc.ca if you would like to attend the Optician's Forum.

Sunday March 3, 2013 3:00 PM-4:30 PM Comfort Hotel 3020 Blanshard Street Victoria, BC

Sunday, March 10, 2013 3:00 PM-4:30 PM Douglas College 700 Royal Avenue New Westminster, BC

Sunday, March 17, 2013 3:00 PM-4:30 PM Ramada Hotel 444 George Street Prince George, BC

Sunday, March 24, 2013 3:00 PM-4:30 PM Coast Capri Hotel 1171 Harvey Avenue Kelowna, BC
2013 Board Meetings View Full Story Minimize
Posted: February 08, 2013 |

Meetings are held in COBC's Board Room at Suite 403-1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Board meetings are open to all registrants to attend without financial support. Participation in discussions during the meeting are limited to Board members. If you wish to observe at a board meeting, please notify the College office at least 7 business days before the board meeting or fill out the form below. Meetings are held in COBC's Board Room at Suite 403-1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Board meetings are open to all registrants to attend without financial support. Participation in discussions during the meeting are limited to Board members. If you wish to observe at a board meeting, please notify the College office at least 7 business days before the board meeting or fill out the form below. Upcoming Board Meeting dates are as follows: Sunday, April 28, 2013 COBC Board Meeting Time: Starts at 9AM Location: 403-1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC Sunday, July 28, 2013 COBC Board Meeting Time: Starts at 9AM Location: to be announced Saturday, November 17, 2013 COBC Board Meeting Time: Starts at 9AM Location: to be announced Sunday, November 18, 2013 COBC Annual General Meeting Time: to be announced Location: to be announced
COBC Board Public Appointments View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 28, 2013 |

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Lesley Wood Bernbaum and the appointment of Amrik A. Prihar to the COBC Board. We welcome them to the COBC Board and look forward to working with both over their term of office. The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Lesley Wood Bernbaum and the appointment of Amrik A. Prihar to the COBC Board. We welcome them to the COBC Board and look forward to working with both over their term of office.
COBC Districts 3 & 5 Election Results View Full Story Minimize
Posted: January 14, 2013 |

The College of Opticians of BC (COBC) is pleased to announce that Mr. Gary Corner and Mr. David McGowan have been elected to the COBC Board by acclamation. Their term of office is January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015. Mr. Corner is re-elected into the Board while Mr. McGowan will serve his first term.
We congratulate David McGowan and Gary Corner on their election to the COBC Board.
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Posted: December 17, 2012 |

Hiring for a program manager
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May 10, 2017 |
Program Manager

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: preferably June/July 2017

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Website Address: www.cobc.ca

As the program manager, your priority will be to develop and manage current statutory programs to regulate opticians in the public interest. The program manager’s key responsibilities are supporting the College of Opticians of British Columbia’s (COBC) Registrar, Board of Directors, and quality assurance committee. This includes project management, strategic planning, volunteer development and navigating politicized environments with stakeholders.
Program Manager

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: preferably June/July 2017

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Website Address: www.cobc.ca

As the program manager, your priority will be to develop and manage current statutory programs to regulate opticians in the public interest. The program manager’s key responsibilities are supporting the College of Opticians of British Columbia’s (COBC) Registrar, Board of Directors, and quality assurance committee. This includes project management, strategic planning, volunteer development and navigating politicized environments with stakeholders.

The COBC’s mandate is to serve and protect the public by regulating opticians. The COBC is responsible for setting and enforcing the standards of opticianry in British Columbia.


Culture
The COBC is a small professional regulatory body with a full-time staff of four people. Professional regulation is evolving so we value team members who are passionate, self-starters, innovative, flexible, and comfortable with the unknown. We are looking for someone who is willing to adapt in an ever-changing environment and look forward to having the opportunity participate in all the organization’s initiatives and administrative functions. To be successful at the COBC, you need to enjoy learning and be open to receiving feedback. The team is also compassionate and empathic. We care about public safety and the impact our policies and programs can have on people.


Skills
The COBC team comes from a variety of backgrounds. We typically find that people are successful in this role when they have:
  • Experience in professional regulation and board governance
  • Experience in program development and/or project management
  • Bachelor or Master degree in political science, public administration or equivalent
  • Passionate about public policy, health legislation and regulation
  • Ability to determine priorities, be self-directed and work with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Experience training, developing and managing volunteers
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills to resource multiple projects and programs
  • Ability to interact with registrants and strategically understand user-experience for technology and program development
  • Ability to adapt new technology quickly
  • Ability to think critically and analytically

What you will be doing

Planning
  • Planning program and projects to accomplish their strategic goals within constraints such time and resources
  • Generate a work plan for various projects within a program and identify challenges and opportunities
  • Schedule tasks, deadlines, and milestones for stakeholder and volunteers
  • Schedule committee and board meetings and develop agendas according to strategic plan
  • Prepare and write grant proposals

Policy Development
  • Conduct research of issues to present to the Board and committees to develop policy
  • Develop, implement, regularly review, and update policies and procedures
  • Update and maintain professional standards of practice
  • Update and maintain COBC bylaws with legal counsel

Program & Project Management
  • Administer the current continuing education (CE) program including education activity accreditation and program support for registrants
  • Execute the new continuing competency program (will replace current CE program) including educating registrants and stakeholders on new requirements, managing registrant learning plans, and accrediting education activities
  • Develop tools to support the new continuing competency program
  • Monitor and evaluate progress on programs and projects
  • Coordinate program and project development with external project contractors/consultants
  • Manage projects to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Coordinate the annual general meeting, board meetings, board elections and committee meetings
  • Write reports and meeting minutes to keep volunteers and stakeholders informed
  • Prepare the annual report

Volunteer Management
  • Recruit, train, and support the development of board and committee members
  • Address volunteer concerns and providing guidance to volunteers
  • Prepare board and committee chairs to facilitate meetings
  • Coordinate volunteers and contractors for program and projects

Administration

It is a small office so all team members are expected to help with registrants and administrative functions as needed.


Contact Information:

Please direct enquiries, resumes, and cover letters stating your desired salary* to:

Connie Chong

Registrar

recruitment (at) cobc.ca

(Due to the volume of applications, we will not entertain phone calls)

*Cover letters that do not state desired salary will not be reviewed.



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