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International Orthoptic Association Representative - Carole Panton
The role of the International Orthoptic Representative is to represent the Canadian Orthoptic Society on the International Orthoptic Association's (IOA) Council of Management. The control of the IOA is vested in its members. This control is exercised by resolution at general meetings of the Association. All members are eligible to attend and vote at any general meeting except ophthalmologists. Between general meetings, the Council of Management manages the business of the Association. The Canadian IOA rep represents TCOS membership by serving on the Council of Management and the various Standings Committees, Networks, and Special Committees run by the Association. The Canadian IOA rep represents the interests and aims of Canadian IOA members (all TCOS members) and informs TCOS of IOA activities.
Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, JCAHPO Representative (Kristen Olford/Allison Crosato)

The TCOS has a primary representative and an alternate who monitor and report on the activities of JCAHPO. It is mandatory that the TCOS representative(s) be JCAHPO-certified.

Continuing Education Committee (Cailin Sheridan/Stacy Liu)

The Canadian Orthoptic Council, COC has created a system whereby continuing education (CE) credits are assigned to various formal and less formal education opportunities. Submitting adequate CE credits is a requirement for Orthoptists needing to maintain their COC certification.The CE Committee is chaired by a member of the COC. Two TCOS members are elected to manage the 2 separate arms of the Committee.
The Committee’s two arms are:

  • Individual submissions of CE activities to the COC
  • Credit application process to JCAHPO, COC and/or AOC

Assembly of Health Science Professions, AHSP Representative (Debbie Zylich)

The Assembly of Health Science Professions includes all national certification bodies for the health science professions, and provincial regulatory bodies that have agreements with CMA. Its mandate is to provide input on accreditation policy and requirements, procedures for program assessment, and other issues related to the health science professions. The AHSP representative should be a member of the Canadian Consortium of Orthoptic Training Programs.

Consortium of Canadian Orthoptic Training Programs, CCOTP (Darren Oystreck)

Provide a forum for communication with the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Orthoptic Council via the Education Committee, and The Canadian Orthoptic Society on matters pertaining to accreditation and national orthoptic competencies. Proactively identify, initiate and implement projects which relate to education and research. Develop submissions, responses and press statements, as appropriate, on issues of national importance in the area of education of orthoptists. Maintain relationships with and complement the work of other bodies involved with education for orthoptist including the IOA, AOC, COC and AACO. One member of CCOTP shall be a representative to the Assembly of Health Science Professions.

Scholarship Award Committee (Vaishali Mehta)

The committee selects a topic and students entering their second year of study in a Canadian orthoptic training program may submit a topical paper for consideration. The student must adhere to all committee guidelines. The committee adjudicates submitted papers and selects the best entrant.

Public Relations/Membership Committee (Charlene Gillis/Meggie Caldwell)

To review concerns pertaining to membership enrolment. To initiate opportunities which increase awareness of the TCOS and orthoptics amongst our membership, the public and other allied health professionals.

SubCommittee - New Graduate Liaison (Caitlin West/Kaila Bishop)

To support and communicate with new graduates of Canadian orthoptic training programs in order to improve their academic and clinical introduction to the profession of Orthoptics and the TCOS.

Newsletter Editor (Karen Nicholson)

The first newsletter of the Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS) was published in January 2001 and by 2007 the newsletter was named "TCOS Focus". The Focus is a forum for TCOS members to communicate, inform, and learn about their Society and its members.

Executive Expenditure Committee (May Chidiac)

Reviews all requests for financial support and administers the Executive Funding Support project.

Website Committee (Karen Nicholson/Dena Hudson)

Responsible for content changes and information updates to the TCOS website.
Current webmasters: Dena Hudson dena.hudson@rqhealth.ca, Karen Nicholson nicholsonk@cbdha.nshealth.ca and Michael Plante

Registrar (Stacey Durling)

Responsible for collecting and distributing information regarding job positions available for Orthoptists.

Editor and Crest Committee (Heather Fennell-Al Sayed)

Obtain information pertaining to orthoptic journals and their availability to the TCOS membership. Order and distribute, at a cost, TCOS professional pins.

Errors and Omissions Liaison (Heather Fennell-Al Sayed)

Obtain information pertaining to error and omissions insurance and provide these options at a cost to the members of the TCOS.

Historian (Ronna Hjertaas)

Receives, organizes chronologically and stores files and information no longer in current use by the Society.

Local Arrangements Committee

Assists with the organization, administration and event planning of the annual meeting.

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