Volunteer Opportunities

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Be part of something great…

Have you considered volunteering for the ACAO? Most volunteers are only needed for a few days out of the year; the commitment is nothing compared to the service you’re providing to your fellow opticians, to students, and to the community at large. New volunteer opportunities are constantly arising at the ACAO, so keep your eyes open! For more detailed descriptions of each position, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ruta:

Phone: 1-780-426-2694 (1-800-263-6026)

E-mail: Ruta@acao.ca

You can fill out the Volunteer Application form if you know what you’re interested in.

Want to volunteer your time, but not sure what you’d like to help with? Have you thought about becoming a…



Field Supervisor

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Oversee student opticians and their supervisors…

As a Field Supervisor, you will visit practicing student opticians on-site. The Field Supervisor ensures that students have access to the necessary equipment, and that they are being properly supervised. Furthermore, you will answer questions and provide feedback from students and their supervisors to NAIT.


Hearing Tribunal Member

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Impartial adjudicators for fellow opticians…

If you have a strong sense of justice and a desire to keep your practice safe from misconduct, you might like to volunteer for the Hearing Tribunal. Members will be called upon to sit as impartial decision makers at discipline hearings for other members. In this role, you will strike a balance of fairness for opticians and patients.


Student Mentor

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Help student opticians pass the NACOR Exam…

Do you have a knack for teaching? How about review? Mentors will spend time with students and help them develop their skill set in preparation for the NACOR exam. A Mentor may also be called upon to help new members navigate continuing education.


Committee Member

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If you are an organized individual, consider joining a committee…

If you have strong organizational skills and a desire to serve your fellow opticians, consider volunteering for a committee. There are several committees to serve on and they all perform different functions. The Negotiations Committee, for instance, meets with optometrists and government organizations to review fee schedules. Then, they submit a report to the College, Council, and the Membership.


PLAR Interviewer

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Interview international and non-accredited education candidates…

Are you a people person? The PLAR interviewer’s role is to meet with incoming international and non-accredited education candidates. First and foremost, interviewers help determine if candidates are ready to become opticians in Alberta. You should have an easy, relaxed, but professional attitude for this job.



When volunteering for negotiations you will be participating in discussions with 3rd party providers to come to agreements about fee schedules.




Complaints review volunteer duties would include gathering information in relation to complaints, interview witnesses, and gather information and prepare reports. Training provided will provided.



Do you have skills or knowledge relevant to our profession?  Come on out and share as a speaker/presenter. Sharing your skills and knowledge can help keep your colleagues and students entering the field well informed.



Use your personal and technical knowledge to help conduct different sections of the NACOR exam. The NACOR Exam take place twice a year in Edmonton.


General Volunteer

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We have lots of little jobs, and still need hands to help complete them…

As events come up, we will often need opticians to help us operate them. For this reason, a General Volunteer will have various responsibilities at different events. For example, they might be hosting an information booth, providing services at a Homeless Connect event, or handing out low vision information to senior living facilities.