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Newfoundland and Labrador Optometric Board

Department

Health and Community Services

Authority

Section 8 of the Optometry Act, 2012

Remuneration

No Remuneration

Purpose:

To ensure that persons working in this health profession have the appropriate academic credentials and competencies for entry to practice.

Structure:

The Council consists of four directors elected from and by the practitioners in accordance with the by-laws; and two directors appointed by the Minister who are not optometrists and who are suitable to represent the public interest.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed Board members can enhance the effectiveness of a Board by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:

  • Strategic Management and Organizational Change
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Public Sector Administration
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Labour Relations
  • Executive Experience
  • Engineering Expertise
  • Education
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy
  • Legal Expertise

Qualifications:

The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:

  • Interest in health care
  • Previous board experience
  • Knowledge of the optometry profession
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning and conflict resolution skills
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral)
  • Policy development experience
  • Leadership/management skills

Time Commitments:

Members of this Board should be available to meet at least two to three times per year, plus any additional meetings and teleconferences as required.

Term:

Where the term of an appointed director expires, he or she continues to be a director until re-appointed or replaced.

Additional Information:

The members of the Board shall serve without remuneration but shall receive travelling and other expenses in accordance with guidelines established by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

Vacancy Profile:

The Optometric Board is seeking to fill 1 position to represent the public interest.  Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Farrell, Ms. Margaret DirectorMinisterial2006-12-142009-12-13

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