Meet the CCOA Team

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Danielle Paquette, CCOA Program Manager

Danielle Paquette joined the team in October of 2014. With over ten years of experience working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Inc., the Canadian Nurses Association, and Assessment Strategies Inc., Danielle possesses extensive experience in educational project management as well as testing services. Danielle prides herself on her ability to connect with her students and is able to deliver her knowledge and skills in both official languages. Danielle was born and raised in Ottawa.

Danielle’s responsibility is to manage the CCOA Program and to ensure its smooth sailing. Should you have any questions related to policies, grades, deadline extensions, workshops, renewals etc., please contact her directly at

Marilyn Anne Smith, RO, Lead CCOA Lecturer & Workshop Instructor

Marilyn Smith is a retired Faculty Clinical Lecturer from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science. She joined the School in 1988 and taught courses related to ophthalmic optics & spectacle therapy, is the head of the External Dispensing Clinics for nursing/seniors homes in the Waterloo area and Head of the Primary Care Externship program. Marilyn has been honoured by the students of the School of Optometry with the Distinguished Clinical/Lab Instructor Award and the Distinguished Clinical Associates Award.

Marilyn joined the CCOA Team as the Lead Lecturer and Workshop Instructor in 2014. Marilyn will act as the Lead CCOA Workshop Instructor. Should you have any questions, please contact her at


Sonya Cheung, CCOA, CCOA Workshop Instructor & CCOA Student Mentor

Sonya Cheung grew up in the prairies and graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan.  Afterwards she obtained her CCOA certification and is thrilled to combine both her passions through her work with the CCOA program, which she has been doing since 2010.  Sonya has also been involved with her provincial optometric association, as well as she enjoys volunteering with the CNIB.  She has previously worked at a refractive surgery clinic and in an ophthalmic practice.  Sonya currently works as a CCOA in Saskatoon, SK, and in her free time loves spending it with her 3 dogs and 2 cats!

Sonya is a key player of the content team and is available to help students throughout this program and acts as the CCOA Student Mentor. Should you need help with content related topics; please contact her via email at