Introducing the IACLE Ambassador Program
IACLE currently employs part-time educational staff as country and regional coordinators who work to assist local members, execute various programs, and offer guidance on how to utilize educational resources effectively. They are supported by part- and full-time administrative staff to manage the day-to-day operations.
Now, we are extending an invitation to our members to volunteer their support in countries that do not have dedicated IACLE staff. By doing so, IACLE Ambassadors will help us achieve the following:
- Identify new institutions and educators: Reach out to potential institutions within the country and contact suitable educators to promote IACLE membership.
- Assist with the application process: Support new educators in the membership application process and assist staff in verifying information, as well as following up on annual membership renewals.
- Collect local activity ideas: Communicate with members to gather ideas and information about local activities that can be shared with the IACLE Team and used in promotional materials.
- Organize IACLE meetings: Arrange and facilitate Member-Driven Meetings under the IACLE banner.
- Promote the DLP and Fellowship Exam: Encourage members to undertake the Distance Learning Program (DLP) and sit the Fellowship Exam to gain Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE) status.
- Assist with translation: Provide assistance in translating resources and communications.
- Conference representation: When speaking at conferences, both nationally and internationally, actively promote IACLE and contribute to the recruitment of potential members.
- Market information reporting: As needed, report on information regarding the local contact lens market.
- Industry communication: Any communication with industry partners regarding IACLE activities should be relayed to the IACLE Board through the CEO.
- Regular collaboration: Schedule virtual meetings with IACLE staff every three months to discuss local issues and align them with global initiatives.
By volunteering in these capacities, IACLE Ambassadors will be instrumental in expanding our reach and furthering our mission to enhance contact lens education worldwide.
To become an IACLE Ambassador, members must meet specific criteria. This includes holding full or associate membership and maintaining good standing for a minimum of two years. They should actively engage in IACLE programs and make effective use of IACLE resources.
Typically, the process for selecting an IACLE Ambassador involves identification and appointment by the IACLE Board or staff. However, members who aspire to take on this role should also feel encouraged to express their interest and apply to become an IACLE Ambassador.
The IACLE Ambassador role will undergo an annual review to determine the incumbent’s level of activity and fulfilment of the role’s responsibilities.
Selected Ambassadors will receive a formal letter of recognition, which they can share with their institution or local association to confirm their role and responsibilities. Their position will also be acknowledged in IACLE’s promotional materials and communications. Additionally, updates on their activities will be featured in Global Member Newsletters and the annual Activity Summary.
IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan commented, ‘I’m delighted that we are launching our new Ambassador Program. I often meet enthusiastic IACLE members around the world who are keen to take their relationship with the Association to the next stage, and this new program is the ideal vehicle for this. We are looking for people who love contact lenses and contact lens education who can spread the IACLE message in countries where we don’t have staff on the ground. In return for this work, we will recognize successful applicants with the title of IACLE Ambassador. We see this as beneficial to the Association, the new Ambassadors and our members: a win-win-win!’