ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF PROSTHETISTS AND ORTHOTISTS
The Ontario Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (OAPO) is a not-for-profit professional association that represents the interests of Certified Orthotists, Certified Prosthetists and Registered Orthotic and Prosthetic Technicians. The OAPO supports the development and furtherance of the prosthetic and orthotic professions in the province of Ontario through our mission – Serve, Advocate, Advance.
SERVE – ADVOCATE – ADVANCE
SERVE Our membership.
ADVOCATE For the prosthetics and orthotics profession in Ontario, with government, stakeholders, and the public.
ADVANCE The profession through education in cooperation with other professions.
The members of the Ontario Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists incorporate the following values into our activities:
Cooperation: We develop operational strategies aligned with Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) and will work in cooperation with stakeholders such as patients, allied health professionals, government, paying agencies, third party payers, etc….
Leadership: We lead by example and foster teamwork, loyalty, professionalism and mutual respect.
Identity: We create a common voice that promotes positive morale, professionalism and commitment to excellence.
Integrity: We deal fairly, honestly, and respectfully with each other and with the stakeholders we engage with.
Open and Effective Communications: We communicate effectively with stakeholders to increase awareness of OAPO and its role in the provision of prosthetic and orthotic treatment to residents of Ontario.
Competence and Commitment: We support activities that increase the competence and commitment of our members to allow them to continue to treat our clients with a high quality of care.
Innovation and Change: We promote innovation and evidence-based practice to provide the best quality of care for residents of Ontario.
Quality Service: We take initiative to serve our members and the profession with competence.
STRUCTURE OF BOARD
OAPO EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
ANDREW LOK CO(c )
MELANIE FREEDMAN, CO(c)
JAMES AMESBURY, CO(c)
MARY CATHERINE THIESSEN, CO(c)
INFORMATION ON COMMITTEES
The Finance Committee of OAPO provides financial oversight to the association. This committee regularly reviews the current income and expenses of OAPO, determines the financial position for strategic planning, reviews all budgets and recommends appropriate allocation of funds. It also makes recommendations related to the financial position of OAPO.
Education and orientation of board members is one of the keys to maintaining a productive and well-functioning Board of Directors. The Governance Committee ensures that the OAPO Board of Directors acts in alignment with all official governing documents. The Governance Committee regularly reviews and updates all official OAPO documents. The committee guides board policies and ensures that a professional code of conduct is maintained.
The role of the Communications Committee is to formalize and disseminate messages that succinctly capture the mission, vision and strategic plan of OAPO. In addition, the Communication Committee represents the conduit through which the Membership can effectively and efficiently communicate with the OAPO Board of Directors.
The role of the Education Committee is to create opportunities for professional development for OAPO members. This is accomplished by partnering with businesses to learn about new products, supporting conferences such as the ISPO Canada symposium when it is held in Ontario, and hosting independent meetings and workshops.