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volunteer a few hours, meet one-on-one with the public, and screen people for signs of oral cancer. It’s also an opportunity to meet and greet Blue Bomber Alumnus, Mr. Lyle Bauer (Founder and Co-Chair), as well as some current Blue Bombers who come out in support of this event! Please contact the MDA to get involved.
 e Never Alone Foundation is also one of the bene ciaries of the net proceeds of the quickly approaching fourth biennial All Dentist Musical, presented by Your Manitoba Dentist. “LUCKY STIFF” is a murder mystery farce of mistaken identities, millions in diamonds and a wheelchair-bound corpse that is sure to leave audiences dying of laughter”.  is show is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone, and will be playing at the Asper Centre for Film and  eatre (400 Colony St.) from May 4-7. For further information, or to help support this event, see their website at
It can be a challenge to keep up with what is happening within our various busy MDA committees, and to thoroughly understand issues of concern amongst the dentists of Manitoba. It is my pleasure and privilege to attend a variety of weekly meetings at my new-found “home”, the o ces of the Manitoba Dental Association.
I am most grateful to the team of people who continue to bring me up-to-speed on issues of importance. Mr. Ra  Mohammed, Dr. Marcel Van Woensel, Linda Berg, and Pamela McFarlane have their collective ear to the ground, and are a wealth of knowledge: regular meetings with this keen group keep me on-track and focused.
Personally, it is my sincere desire to pursue this presidency year with the intention of supporting the goals of Manitoba dentists, engaging with membership to hear their ideas and concerns, and representing the profession in a positive light. In her book “Content Strategy for the Web”, author Kristina Halvorson wrote “Quality, relevant content can’t be spotted by an algorithm. You can’t subscribe to it. You need people - actual human beings - to create or curate it.” It is with this spirit of collaboration, and an interest in maintaining the relevance of our Association, that I would invite you to contact me at any time should you wish to discuss something of importance to you and your practice. I may not have an immediate answer, but let’s start the conversation, shall we?
Cheers, Catherine
Dr. Catherine Dale graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1992. She then spent a year working as a general dentist at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre, where she completed a one-year Dental Internship program in 1993. During her internship year, she furthered her training in the treatment of a more medically challenged patient population, including oncologic and special needs adult patients.
It was during this time that she worked closely alongside the surgeons and surgical residents involved in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program; following her internship year, she entered a four-year residency program herself.
Dr. Dale has been a full time practicing oral & maxillofacial surgeon since completion of herresidency program at the University of Manitoba in 1997. Dr. Dale maintains a private practice in OMFS, where she enjoys a mainly dentoalveolar practice. She also teaches at the University of Manitoba’s College of Dentistry, in both undergraduate and graduate level programs. Dr. Dale holds hospital privileges within the WRHA andoperates at several hospitals within the region to provide care for both adult and paediatric patients, in both outpatient clinic and operating room settings. She enjoys involvement in organized dentistry at both provincial and national levels: she is currently the President of the Manitoba Dental Association, and serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Dale was appointed as the Regional Lead for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery by the WRHA, a position she continues to hold today. She is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and serves on a variety of committees with respect to dentistry and surgery within the Province of Manitoba. Dr. Dale has been married to her husband Jonathon since 1990; they have two sons who keep them very busy!
On behalf of our Executive Director and the MDAA Board of Directors I hope our membership is managing to survive this frigid winter we are all experiencing!  e temperatures were however
not a factor in enjoying yet another successful Manitoba Dental Convention held the last week-end of January.  e MDAA had positive feedback from membership on our guest presenter, Tim Bizga. Tim provided an energetic and informative session enjoyed by many attendees.
Held in conjunction with the MDA Convention, the MDAA hosted their Annual General Meeting on the morning of Friday, January 27th.  is meeting was well attended with over 155 members taking part. Invited guests, Dr. Marcel VanWoensel, Dr. Carla Cohn and newly elected MDA President Dr. Catherine Dale were also in attendance and spoke to the MDAA membership.  eir greetings encouraged the MDAA membership to consider becoming a volunteer on their respective board and how rewarding volunteering can be.
 e MDAA board also acknowledged outgoing directors, Catherine Pulak, Secretary and Leah Erickson, President Elect
while welcoming new directors on board. 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the MDAA membership! On that note, we are thrilled to have entered into partnerships with local, provincial and national businesses to o er our membership signi cant discounts. A couple of notable businesses are True North, Choice Hotels and So  Moc to name a few.  e MDAA will continue to update their website as the list of partnerships continues to grow ... stay tuned!  e MDAA is excited to announce an upcoming CE session that is being planned for Saturday, April 29th at the Canad Inns, Regent Avenue location.  e theme will be on “Wellness” with more details to become available shortly. Please continue to check the MDAA website ( for updated information and registration details.  ank you to our MDAA membership for the privilege to continue to serve as your president as we continue to promote the profession of dental assisting in Manitoba.
Janet Neduzak MDAA President
MDAA President’s Message

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