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THE SCO OFFICE IS MOVING!!!

As of February 1, 2016 our new address will be:
#13– 350 – 103rd Street East
 Saskatoon,Saskatchewan
 S7N1Z1

Telephone, Fax and email address will remain the same


 
November 2015

ADVANCE NOTICE OF A PILOT PROJECT ON CONTINUING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENTS

A pilot project on Continuing Competency Assessments will soon be taking place across Canada.  The SCO is seeking volunteers to participate in this project.

Implementation of a competency program in Saskatchewan would be on a voluntary basis and used as a tool by practicing members, to supplement the existing credit program set out in the current Regulatory Bylaws.  Practicing members would be able to seek self-assessment on their own to identify areas for development in their skills, knowledge and attitudes and then, take continuing education or bridging to improve their opticianry skills.

The SCO will soon be receiving the pilot continuing competency Assessment questions, and opticians are encouraged to participate in the pilot project, to assist the developers in gathering enough information and statistics to properly test the program.  The goal is to have at least 400 participating opticians across the country in order to provide a suitable cross section of participants Canada wide.

The pilot project will consist of participating opticians, being given a set of 100 assessment questions to be answered in a two hour time period.  Participants will be rewarded with 4 EC continuing education credits accredited by NACOR, as well as being entered into a draw for a chance at an item such as an iPad or iWatch.

The college encourages our members to participate and do their part, to ensure there is a good cross section of participants across the country.  This is also a great opportunity for members to test their skills while participating in a very worthwhile and important project.  Interested Opticians are asked to contact Cathy as soon as possible at (306) 652-0769.


January 13, 2015


On January 13, 2015 members of the legislative group appeared in Provincial Court in Regina, Saskatchewan with regard to three cases of illegal dispensing of contact lenses against the Spirit Halloween stores.


Counsel for Spirit Halloween appeared and entered a plea of guilty to illegally dispensing contact lenses and a fine of $1000 was rendered. In addition to the fine, the owner of the Spirit Halloween franchises is required to enter into an undertaking with the College that the Spirit Halloween stores will never illegally dispense again.

The guilty plea will be the SCO’s third conviction. Several more charges are before the courts, and the college will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute anyone found to be dispensing contact lenses illegally, that have failed to heed the colleges warning to stop their illegal activities.


The Saskatchewan College of Opticians is an important part of the Saskatchewan Health Care circle of organizations. Being a College gives our members the professional respect they deserve. These changes will give us a much stronger and respected voice when dealing with government, and other organizations. As a College, our main focus will continue to be protecting the public interest. We will do this by ensuring that our membership abides by the Act, Bylaws and Standards of Practice and by continuing to ensure that our membership is properly educated.

Our Act is available on line at

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/English/Statutes/Statutes/O5-1.pdf

Our Bylaws are available at

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/gazette/part1/2011/G1201120.pdf

Amendments to our Bylaws can be found at

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/gazette/part1/2013/G1201336.pdf

Announcements

Office Closure View Full Story Minimize
July 16, 2015 |
Please note that the SCO office will be closed on Thursday July 23rd and will re-open on Tuesday August 4th at 9 am. Please email office@scoptic.ca if you need to contact us during this time.


Saskatchewan Network for Health Services in French View Full Story Minimize
May 26, 2015 |
In partnership with the College of Medicine, department of Community Health & Epidemiology, the Saskatchewan Network for Health Services in French/ Réseau Santé en Français de la Saskatchewan (RSFS) is in the process of updating the directory of health professionals who are willing to speak at least some French in their provision of health services. We are also seeking to add professionals who are new to the province, recently graduated or simply newly interested. In partnership with the College of Medicine, department of Community Health & Epidemiology, the Saskatchewan Network for Health Services in French/ Réseau Santé en Français de la Saskatchewan (RSFS) is in the process of updating the directory of health professionals who are willing to speak at least some French in their provision of health services. We are also seeking to add professionals who are new to the province, recently graduated or simply newly interested. Professionals are added to the directory on a volunteer basis and there are no legal obligations associated with being listed. If you would like more information or are willing to be listed please contact Katie Pospiech at katie.pospiech@usask.ca or (306) 966-1270.


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