Page 4 - MDA Annual Report 2016
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President’s Message
It has been my honour and privilege to act as President of the Manitoba Dental Association 2016-2017. The year has been eventful with many special events to recognize and recall.
 e 2016 - 2017 year kicked o  with another successful convention - Come Bond with Us.  e 132nd annual meeting held January 28 – 30, 2016 at the RBC Winnipeg, Convention Centre. With an abundant attendance of greater than 2000 people, it takes a huge number of many talented volunteers to run such an event and I commend all on a job well done. Our continuing education component was vast and varied and certainly o ered something for everyone. It featured our talented local dentists as educators, as well as many from across North America. Our exhibit hall was once again sold out and attracted much tra c to the manufactur- ers. Social functions o ered casual and formal events, again appealing to the many di erent personalities that make up our membership. My personal congratulations to Dr. Pat Kmet, convention chair, who once again orchestrated a marvelous event culminating in a spectacular Gala on Saturday evening, which she elegantly and eloquently emceed.
 e launch of our “Be Proud Be Mouthy” commercials took place at our annual convention to a room packed with 1200 dental professionals. ‘ e “Be Mouthy” campaign displays bold imagery and emotional dialogue that pays homage to the mouth and it’s importance to our lives, while reminding everyone that dentists are caring people, speci cally trained to help improve your life. It is a
phenomenal creation that I encourage you to view and share with friends, family, and colleagues. It can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/0KVq79oeuZo.
Oral Health Month in April had the public’s interest and attention focused on their oral health. One of the events for Oral Health Month was our Oral Cancer Screening Day. Oral Cancer Screening Day saw us partnering with the Never Alone Foundation and football legend, Lyle Bauer who acts as spokesperson for the Foundation.  e event was held at Polo Park Shopping Centre on April 23, 2016. Many patients were a orded the bene t of being screened, and several were referred for further care.
On June 11, 2016 we held our annual Tooth Fairy Saturday at Kids Fest to be held at the Forks. Our tent was equipped with dental chairs for the kids attending to try out and have a complimentary dental screening. We o ered an introduction to the dental o ce to many children that day.  e interest from kids, and their parents, as always, was stellar. It allows
us the opportunity to provide a great dental experience in a fun environment.  e event is always enjoyable, rain or shine!
In the fall, the University of Manitoba Dental Alumni Association hosted the annual Alumni of Distinction Awards Evening.  is event sees the nomination of a Manitoba dentist by their peers and awarding of Alumnus of Distinction.  is year UMDAA and the dentists of
Manitoba honoured Dr. Howard Cross, an individual who has given so much to the profession. An evening of celebration, culinary excellence and collegiality was enjoyed by all who attended.
Also in the fall, Evening at the Met, a fundraiser to
support the Manitoba Dental Foundation was heldon October 14, 2006. It was an evening of entertainment and prizes. A fun and casual evening of paired wines and appetizers at the MET Centre lounge, entertainment by  ose Guys and pre-event music by Phill Corrin in the lounge.  e evening was a great success and we look forward to many more events.
In the last quarter of the year, Manitoba Dental Association held Open Wide with the partnership of the College of Dentistry and the Faculty of Dental Hygiene. Our dental community came together to provide a day of pro-bono dentistry to recent immigrants to Manitoba.  e event was co-chaired by Dr. Jerry Baluta and Dr. Tom Colina who organized a huge gathering of dental professionals and support sta .  e day was a great success and many people, mostly children, were taken care of at the College of Dentistry Clinic. It was a very satisfying experience. A heartfelt thank you to all who organized, volunteered, donated and participated.
In November, the MDA held an evening at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Era Bistro to thank our volunteers. Our organization would not run without the commitment of our volunteers. We have more than two dozen committees within the MDA and hundreds of you volunteer your time to work these committees and the events that we put on. For those of you who already volunteer, you do so because of your dedication to the cause, to give back
to the community with the added bene t to enrich your professional and personal lives. We appreciate your work and thank you for your time and expertise.
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