President & President-Elect’s Welcome

President’s Message

I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to represent the students of optometry as the president for the UW Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS) chapter for the 2017-2018 school year. I am very passionate about the profession of Optometry and strongly believe that all students should get involved in their profession as early as possible. Whether that’s through networking with experts in the field, advocating, community outreach, or simply educating others about the importance of Eyecare. I am confident that through CAOS, we will bring many such opportunities to you, so that you can make the most out of your professional education and smoothly transition from student to optometrist.

Through this position, I plan on working closely with the rest of the executive team so that we can help promote the profession and bring these opportunities to you. My vision is that CAOS will empower students to get involved by offering a multitude of resources that can be used to aid them through their optometric education as well as resort to for voicing any concerns.

We currently have numerous projects underway to help you become the best optometrist possible. However, some specific goals that I hope to accomplish this year include:

  • Continue offering the programs and services that CAOS has been offering in the past which include several clinical and professional lectures from experts in the profession, community initiatives like ICare Eyecare and connecting optometry students with ODs through unique opportunities like our mentorship program.
  • Work towards growing all our programs by increasing support from doctors through representing the student voice at CAO Congress 2017 in Ottawa!
  • Expand our current ICare Eyecare community outreach program by providing additional services as well as catering to members of the community outside of the University of Waterloo.
  • Work closely with the University of Montreal and US CAOS chapters to bring them many of the benefits (ie. lecture series, mentorship) that students at UW enjoy and partake in. This will allow us to unite all Canadian Optometry Students.
  • Launch our new CAOS Doctor Connect Program, where 3rd and 4th year students will have the opportunity to sign up with an Optometrist who will serve as their mentor and connect with them via email to impart their wisdom.
  • Educate students about the current challenges that face the profession and what we are doing to tackle them, as well as voicing student concerns to the national and provincial associations through representation at the Optometry Leader’s Forum.
  • Make it easier for all students to become a CAOS member by launching a completely online registration system.
  • Establish additional perks for CAOS members including special rates for purchasing professional clinic attire.
  • Officially launch our new CAOS YouTube Channel, in the hope to increase public awareness for the role of an optometrist as a primary health care provider, while removing any stigmas that are present today towards this profession.

As part of this role, I vow to work for all students of Optometry, so that you may grasp the most out of our education. CAOS is an organization that is working for you, and I highly encourage you to go through our website and take part in as many programs and events that we offer. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for CAOS, or would just like to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Uyen Nguyen

CAOS President 2018-2019

President-Elect’s Message

It is a pleasure to represent Canadian optometry students as this year’s CAOS president-elect. I am eager to be part of an association that allows students to participate in the growth of optometry and vision care. As students, it is easy to focus solely on our academic successes, but there is much more beyond the walls of optometry school that students can discover and learn about optometry. Whether it is clinical, research, business management, or professional development, I am excited to be part of the team that gives students opportunities to further explore our profession. Together with the CAOS executive team, we will work to educate and prepare our colleagues, not only to be successful optometry students, but ultimately, successful optometrists.

CAOS works hard to provide students with many resources, and I will be working to continue this support for the students in their personal journeys.

  • Ensure students are engaged in CAOS and optometry, enabling them to make steps towards achieving their professional and clinical goals
  • Bridge the gap of knowledge that students may have about the challenges that optometry faces through unique events and programs
  • Educate the public on the importance of vision health by focusing on the needs of different populations and presenting available vision care resources
  • Support Canadian students in Waterloo, Montreal and the US by giving access to tangible resources
  • Establish student concerns and opinions and represent the student voice at Optometry’s Leaders Forum
  • Connect students with optometrists and other health professionals to establish meaningful relationships, better preparing them for their future careers

Warmest welcomes to our website. Please browse through our resources to find the programs and events that fit your needs. Should you have any inquiries, or if you would just like to chat, please feel free to contact me!

Best Regards,

Raphaela So

CAOS President-Elect 2018-2019

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