As Board Chair, I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Dale Dergousoff has been appointed as Interim Registrar of the College of Optometrists of British Columbia (“the College”), effective June 1, 2019. Dale will replace Dr. Robin Simpson, who is retiring at the end of May 2019.
After completing undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University, Dale moved to New Zealand for three years to play professional basketball. Inspired to pursue a career in optometry by Dr. Robert Strath, Dale returned to U.S. where he attended Pacific University College of Optometry. He graduated from there in 1998.
Dale started his optometry practice in New Hampshire but, after three years, was drawn back to the West Kootenays, where he was born and raised. He began practising in the Kootenays, with the late Dr. Eric Beauchamp, the former Registrar of the Board of Examiners of Optometry. In 2003, Dale moved to Prince George, where he set up a thriving practice and has continued to practise ever since. In 2014, Dale acquired a second optometric practice in Nelson, British Columbia.
Dale’s voluntary contributions to professional regulation have been both enormous and inspiring. He served as a board member, both under the former Board of Examiners of Optometry and on the Board of the College, for the past 13 years. Dale was the Chair of the College Board for eight of those years and garnered deep admiration and respect as an immensely capable, insightful, collaborative, and hard-working leader. During his time as Chair of the College, he served on the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) committee as well as ARBO’s OE Tracker committee. Dale is also passionate about giving back to his community. For the past 14 years, Dale has served as the Assistant Coach to the Men’s Basketball Team at the University of Northern British Columbia.
The College is very fortunate that Dale will be assuming the role of Interim Registrar. In addition to having a wealth of practice experience and expertise, Dale has a deep understanding of the College’s public interest mandate and the challenges that self-governing professions face in the current regulatory environment. Dale will lead the College expertly through any future regulatory reforms and changes to optometric regulation. Please join me in congratulating Dale on his new appointment.
Dr. Justin Asgarpour, Chair
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