OAC Intracom
January 2021

5 GOOD REASONS TO OUTSOURCE YOUR PAYROLL AND HR MANAGEMENT - By Deluxe Payroll
For opticians, there’s rarely a moment of downtime. That makes handling payroll and employment taxes just one more task on a lengthy ‘To Do’ list. 

Outsourcing your payroll provides immediate benefits, from increased productivity and reduced business risk to happier employees. Working with a professional payroll processor helps you increase both your confidence and your control.
 
5 reasons to outsource your payroll: CLICK HERE


MESSAGE FROM OAC’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - by Robert Dalton
While we begin 2021 with tepid enthusiasm and perhaps relief at having survived the turmoil for which 2020 will always be remembered, we should look back over the year and take a moment to review some of the lessons and key points of the experience.

Now, perhaps you are expecting me to list good and bad things about 2020, maybe even to give some sort of wise reflective thought or comment with which some can support, and others can scoff. No, that cannot and will not happen here. I have nothing to add that can even begin to understand what some of you have gone through this year.

The things lost and family members affected, I cannot comment on your sacrifice - emotional or financial. I can however give my respect and admiration for the resolution shown by our profession. I can say that Opticians have risen to the challenge and supplied vision care services throughout this entire pandemic. Perhaps we do not get the recognition we deserve as ever-present guardians of VISION, sometimes we are taken for granted due to our closeness with the retail sector. Make no doubt though, Opticians are Healthcare Professionals. I believe this with my soul.

The Opticians Association of Canada will always be here to help and support your profession - we can do this because most Opticians in Canada believe in us –
Thank you and let us get on with 2021. 

OAC CONNECT IS BACK!
Who's ready to ring in the New Year with some great learning! Bring in the new year with the first OAC Connect webcast of the year.

Time is running out for you to join this month’s Webcast on January 15. This month we are featuring 2 great presentations. Don’t forget there are 2 different times to watch this event. First showing is at 10AM CT second showing is at 7PM CT. CLICK HERE to download our schedule.

Our first presentation, sponsored by Vision Rx Lab, led by Al Lens will inform you how to identify whether a headache is related to eyewear, vision, or an underlying issue. Our second presentation, brought to you by TELUS Health, discusses how direct billing can increase sales and consumer satisfaction. 

If you want to be part of this event, please make sure to register before Jan 14@ 12PM CT. Do not wait until it's too late. Spots are filling up! REGISTER NOW

2020 STUDENTS OF VISION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Transitions Optical and the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Students of Vision Scholarship program:
  • Juan Giraldo and Aliya Shafi, both student optometrists at the University of Waterloo, will both be awarded a grand prize scholarship of $2,500. 
    Giraldo detailed his approach to the future of optical care with a creative, self-performed rap song that included strategies to connect with patients. Shafi also created a video which outlined the various challenges facing eyecare

  • Devin Critch, a student optician at NAIT, will be awarded a scholarship of $1,500. Critch wrote a short story which illustrated how opticians can utilize upcoming innovative lens technologies to provide the best patient experience in the optical.
CLICK HERE for more details.




 
PROMOTING LICENSED OPTICIANS: A PRIORITY
The OAC continues to make promoting Licensed Opticians and their role in vision and eyecare a priority. In the month of December 2020 and into 2021, the OAC utilized the following advertising methods:

•     Condo Nest Magazine Vancouver - One-page advertorial in Condo Nest Magazine, with a readership of 226,000 and delivered to 100,000 condo units in Downtown Vancouver.

•    Elevator Screen Commercial Spot in Downtown Vancouver - 5-second commercial spots on elevator screens in Downtown Vancouver (guaranteeing a minimum of 100,000 executions)

•     Bus Backs in Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John – running for 12 weeks from November 30 to February 21, the OAC has 15 bus back ads running in this campaign

Stay tuned for more in 2021…


NEW FREE CE MODULE

Genetic Visual Disorders (Video)   - Presented by Al Lens.
NACOR #110.429: 1 EC  |  CCP: 6.2, 8.1  |  COO #3871: 1 EG/CL/RF  |
OODQ: 1 Domaine professionnel, non-commercial  |  CCOA: 1 hour

Learn what visual conditions are genetic, how vision progresses and about color deficiencies, albinism, cataracts, glaucoma, keratoconus, leber congenital amaurosis, retinitis pigmentosa, nystagmus, strabismus, Stargardt’s

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