Public Notices

This page is where you will find public information related to complaints made to COBC about the conduct of Licensed Opticians in BC. You will also find notices of unauthorized use of reserved titles by non-registrants.

Misuse of title notices

Only registrants of COBC can use reserved titles “Optician”, “Dispensing Optician” and “Contact Lens Fitter.” This legal restriction assures the public that anyone using reserved title is entitled to practise opticianry in British Columbia. COBC takes the misuse of reserved titles seriously and will not hesitate to take any and all legal actions necessary to protect the public. 

Click a name below to view notice.

NameTypeYear of Notice
Valerie AfriatNotice of misuse of title2024
Misuse of title notifications
Discipline hearings and outcomes

A discipline hearing is an adjudicative process where the Discipline Committee, an independent statutory decision-making body, hears witness testimony and reviews documentary evidence to determine whether allegations listed in citations are proven. 

Outcomes from a disciplinary hearing can range from no further action being taken to suspension or cancellation of registration. 

Discipline Committee decisions can be appealed to the British Columbia Supreme Court.

All citations listing allegations against a registrant are published on the COBC website. The allegations are not proven until a full discipline hearing has taken place and a written decision rendered by the Discipline Committee.​​​

Hearings are open to the public to attend. If you wish to attend a hearing, please contact COBC at at least one week in advance of the date you’d like to attend for further details. 

Click on a registrant’s name to view notice.

Registrant Name & Licence NumberTypeDate of Hearing
Sohrab Mohammadi (Former Registrant #2010)CitationOccurred
December 4-8, 2023 and
December 12-14, 2023.
Awaiting Discipline Committee Decision
Discipline Notices Citations and Outcomes

Inquiry Committee outcomes

​​​​​The majority of complaints are resolved through a consensual resolution process. The process results in a formal, legal agreement between a registrant and COBC (approved by the Inquiry Committee). Each agreement outlines the action that the optician has agreed to take to address the issue or issues identified during the investigation process.​​

Registrant Name & Licence NumberTypeYear of Notice
Mahmood Savji (#1894)Revised Consent Agreement2024
Shena Storness-Bliss (#2337)Undertaking2023
Mahmood Savji (#1894)Consent Agreement2021
Charles Cheung (#939)Undertaking2020
Tom Hoedeman (#1012)Consent Agreement2020
William Lougheed (#950)Press Release2015
Steve Wiens (#1334)Undertaking2015
Stacey Wiens (#1333)Undertaking2015
Inquiry Committee Outcomes