The ACAO Board of Directors are elected by members…
The board of directors governs the ACAO. Because we are a self-regulating body for opticians in Alberta, we rely on members to fill most of those positions. Elected council members are Registered Opticians in good standing; these are your peers in the field, chosen by you, and dedicated to serving you.
Each year in May, the ACAO holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM). During the AGM, we have an election for council. Once elected, each council member serves a three-year term. As long as they are in good standing, any Alberta optician can be nominated for the board of directors.
The Government of Alberta appoints public members, who are not opticians, to sit on the council. By including public members, we can gain insight and provide better service to the public. The public members are there to help us connect, but also to make sure that we are accountable to the public. Because their insight is so valuable to us, there are 3 spots out of 12 for public members.
What does the Board of Directors do?
The council is responsible for making sure that the ACAO meets its objectives. With the help of the public members, the board of directors forecasts the long-term needs of the public. In this way, we can determine educational priorities and practice standards for opticians in Alberta. Basically, the ACAO relies on the council to decide how to keep up to date on emerging technology and practices, so that we can better serve the public.
The council works together with the Government of Alberta, other provincial regulatory bodies, and post-secondary institutions. We rely on them to collaborate with registrants and other health professionals in similar fields. Through collaboration, the council can ensure that registered opticians are able to adapt to changes in practice environments, and advances in technology.
Opticians in Alberta can transition to work almost anywhere in Canada because of the relationships we have with other provinces. We are trusted as licensed health professionals because of the council’s cooperation with government regulators. Finally, opticians can be sure that their accredited education and continuing education provide them with all of the skills and knowledge they need, thanks to the council’s work on education standards.