The Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science (WOVS) reached an important milestone in its Vision2022 strategic planning exercise. On Wednesday, July 12, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held at the St. George Hall Conference and Events Centre, in Waterloo, which was attended by 35 invited faculty, staff and students from the School and Faculty of Science. The purpose of the workshop was to prioritize goals and objectives that will guide the development of our School over the next five years.
“This highly interactive workshop provided participants with an opportunity to review and build upon the work of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee to date. Faculty, staff, students and administrators discussed strategic areas for planning, identified goals to be pursued within each area and fleshed out the priority directions and actions essential to achieving those goals. It was an extremely positive and productive session”, says Diana Royce, President of The Deerfield Group Inc., and the Strategic Planning Consultant who facilitated the workshop.
Deborah Jones, Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC), remarked that “the workshop was a very rewarding opportunity for us to come together in an open, honest, and transparent environment. Those who attended were fully engaged in the opportunity to share and compare ideas, discuss options and identify solutions to the challenges identified in our environmental scan. The workshop outcomes will accelerate our ability to move forward with the development of a strategic vision and priorities to guide the School’s evolution over the next five to ten years”.
The School’s new Director, Dr. Stanley Woo, played an active role throughout the day’s activities, and had an opportunity to learn “first hand” about the aspirations and priority issues of WOVS staff, students, and faculty – both clinical and research. “It was an extremely valuable exercise and demonstrated the high degree of commitment to excellence, professionalism and exemplary teaching, research and patient care that exists among members of our School.”
Additional feedback from stakeholders within the School, the University of Waterloo, and the greater optometric community will be sought over the next several months, and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will widely circulate a draft plan in Fall 2017 for comment, feedback and discussion. The SPSC will take that feedback and finalize a strategic plan for approval, public release and implementation before the end of 2017.
The SPSC invites your comments in person or by email at any time throughout this planning process, and all input will be carefully reviewed and considered.