Your 2018 OAC Membership

You may have recently received an e-mail about your 2018 OAC membership. We’re sorry that you did not hear about this from us first. We’re hoping we can give you further information and help you understand why we have made this decision. 

Continuing Education

The ACAO offers many opportunities for free continuing education, as well as seminars and educational events. We are working hard to ensure that more of this content is available to our members throughout 2018. We are also reviewing the Continuing Competency Program to make Con-Ed even more accessible to our members. The OAC provides extra Con-Ed opportunities, and we encourage those of you who find this service valuable to take advantage of OAC membership.

Liability Insurance

In past years the automatic OAC membership for Alberta opticians did not include Professional Liability Insurance (PLI). As you know, you are required to have a minimum of $1,000,000 of PLI. If you’re not covered by your employer or you choose to purchase additional insurance for yourself, you can take advantage of the OAC membership that includes PLI.

Your Provincial Association

Your provincial association is focused on addressing the issues that you have told us are important here in Alberta. For example, we are currently working with government and educational providers on ways to move the profession forward, including:
  • addressing a scope of practice increase;
  • addressing unregulated staff dispensing eyeglasses and contact lenses; and
  • improving the education and training of new and future Alberta opticians

These are just some of the areas where we will be able to use the funds that would have gone to the OAC.

We appreciate that there are benefits that a larger national association is able to offer that we are not. For example:

  • access to the safety eyewear program;
  • large trade shows combined with educational sessions;
  • reduced fees for some magazine subscriptions; and
  • other group discounts

If you feel that you will benefit from the additional services provided by the OAC, we encourage you to take advantage of the excellent special rate that they are offering Alberta opticians until November 10th, 2017.

We want to assure you that Alberta will continue to work closely with National partners, including the OAC, and we remain focused on the goals of Alberta opticians.

2017 OAC Membership

We also want to remind you that you are still OAC members for the rest of 2017, and will be able to take advantage of all OAC services, including Continuing Education, until the end of the year. You also still have access to member pricing for Vision Canada in Calgary this November. We’ll see you there!

We hope we have helped clear up some confusion about the OAC automatic membership. If you have any further questions, please call the office or email Lisa or Maureen.

If you would like to explore what the OAC has to offer, you can visit their website. Remember to act before November 10th, 2017 if you would like to take advantage of their special offer.