recognizing excellence in 2009
c dha is once again proud to announce the recipients of
the Recognition Prize Program for 2009. this program an-
nually acknowledges dental hygienists and dental hygiene
olympic hockey team, they distributed tubes of dentifrice
and a message promoting the use of mouth guards. as emily
reflects on her academic achievements and professional con-
students from across canada who promote oral health and tributions to date, she is confident that she will continue to
overall wellness, and who advance the dental hygiene profes- take a leadership role throughout her dental hygiene career.
sion. congratulations to all participants and winners of the
2009 dental hygiene recognition Prize program.
CDHA Achievement prize 2009
in participation with Sunstar
CDHA Global Health prize 2009 G•U•M
in participation with Sunstar this honour, with a $2,000 prize, is
G•U•M presented to Kera mcClement of riverview, nB, a student
this honour, with a $3,000 prize, is who has overcome a major personal challenge during her
presented to andrea slater of vancouver, BC, a dental hy- dental hygiene education.
gienist who has made a commitment to volunteering as part Kera was completing her college chemistry prerequisites
of an initiative to provide oral health related services to a dis- when her son was born in may 2008. he was extremely ill;
advantaged community or country. and was hospitalized for three months. his doctors gave a very
in 2008, when andrea was nearing graduation she con- guarded prognosis. devastated by this news, Kera neverthe-
tacted the charity, Kindness in action (Kia) service society of less brought her textbooks to the hospital and studied by his
alberta, and set in motion events that would help realize her side in order to complete her course.
commitment to provide oral care services to a disadvantaged her son proved to be a fighter, and was released after many
community. in 2009, andrea travelled with a group of twenty- tests and surgeries just as Kera began first year dental hygiene
four volunteers to cambodia to the Peaceful children’s home studies. that year was very challenging as financial hardships,
orphanages in chamnaon village, and then to a prison near as well as caring for an infant who had repeated hospital ad-
Battambang to provide oral health care. she was able to col- missions meant physical and mental exhaustion. in addition,
lect donations of sufficient oral hygiene aids to provide for all Kera’s own father was deployed to afghanistan at this time.
the children and inmates, and through interpreters taught self during her second year of studies, Kera’s son required
care techniques, and provided debridement services. andrea additional surgery, and dealing with his further health compli-
has made a firm promise to continue volunteering with Kia cations required the administration of medications every three
and hopes to inspire other dental hygienists to investigate vol- hours around the clock. inspired by her child’s struggle, Kera
unteer activities. has persevered through these challenges and has realized that
through overcoming these obstacles she has developed the
skills essential to grow and contribute as a health professional
CDHA Leadership prize 2009 herself.
in participation with
this honour, with a $2500 CDHA Visionary prize
prize, is presented to emilie 2009 in participation
laforge of north Bay, on, currently enrolled in a dental hy- with TD Insurance Meloche