You may be aware that April was National Oral Health Month. The Canadian Dental Association presented some of its 2010 awards during ceremonies held in Ottawa in April, The Medal of Honour, Distinguished Service Award, Special Friend of Canadian Dentistry Award and the Honorary Membership Award. The Canadian Dental Association is the national voice for dentistry, dedicated to the advancement and leadership of a unified profession and to the promotion of optimal dental health, an essential component of general health. |
The CDA Medal of Honour recognizes outstanding service, leadership and humanitarianism at the local, provincial, national and international levels. Dr. David Precious of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the second ever recipient of the CDA Medal of Honour. Precious has dedicated his career to advancing the care of patients with dental and facial deformities and was a founding member of the International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation. Precious has received numerous awards and academic appointments, was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007 and served as dean of dentistry at Dalhousie University from 2003 to 2008. Since 1995, Precious has travelled annually to Vietnam with a team of maxillofacial surgeons to perform surgery on children with cleft lip and palate and since 1999 to Tunisia. Precious has started teaching surgical procedures to colleagues in Brazil and India and estimates that the group has likely performed close to 1000 surgeries worldwide.
Created specifically to honour Dr. Burton Conrod's lifetime of service to the dental profession Conrod was recognized by CDA with the Medal of Honour in April 2010. In October Conrod was awarded honorary membership by the American Dental Association, which grants honorary membership to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry.
CDA's Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the dental profession. Dr. Donald Cunningham of Guelph, Dr. Richard Ellen of Toronto, and Ms. Barbara Wishart of Fredericton each received the award this year. The Special Friend of Canadian Dentistry Award is given in appreciation for exemplary contribution to Canadian dentistry. This year Mr. Ken Dickson was presented with the award. Dickson has represented the Aurum Group of Companies in various capacities throughout the years. The Aurum Golf Tournaments which have become a fixture at dental meetings across Canada have raised significant amounts of funds for a number of dental charities over the years and was recognized by CDA for their generous support and commitment to the dental profession in Canada. CDA's Honorary Membership award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the art and science of dentistry or to the profession over a sustained period of time. Dr. Johan Wolfaardt was this year's recipient of the award and will be formally presented with the award in April 2012.
The current Canadian Dental Association President is Dr. Ron G. Smith. The CDA website can be found at http://www.cda-adc.ca, the Facebook fan page is available at www.facebook.com/pages/Canadian-Dental-Health/203452689666842 and the CDA's Twitter page is available at http://twitter.com/#!/mydentalhealth
This past month the Ontario Dental Association announced a new president to succeed Dr. Lynn Tomkins. Dr. Harry Hoediono has been elected President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the professional association that represents more than 8,000 dentists in Ontario, 80 per cent of dentists in Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1867 by Dr. Barnabus Day, the Ontario Dental Association is one of the oldest professional organisations in North America.
Dr. Harry Hoediono is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentistry, is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry and is in private practice in Kitchener. Hoediono is a support dentist for Children of Chernobyl, providing dentistry to children ravaged by war, famine and other catastrophes.
Dr. Lynn Tomkins is a Honours graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry. Tomkins maintains a general private practice in Toronto and teaches as an Associate in Dentistry and Clinical Instructor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry. In 2006, UofT honoured Tomkins with the Dr. A. Bruce Hord Master Teaching Award for excellence in clinical teaching and for making a significant contribution to the students' educational experience. As Student Governor, Tomkins was the first woman to serve on the Canadian Dental Association's Board of Governors and was recipient of the 2010 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, in the KPMG Professionals award category.
The CDA 2011 Convention: Navigating Tomorrow—New Visions, Historical Foundations, is taking place August 4 to 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and co-hosted by the Nova Scotia Dental Association and CDA.
For more information and to register, visit: www.cdaconvention2011.com