Page 4 - MDA Bulletin Spring 2017
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President’s Message
Greetings, Colleagues! Spring showers have transitioned to May  owers, along with a general greening-up of the province. And with the arrival of spring, it’s that time again to recognize our newly-graduated dentists, dental hygienists, and dental specialists from a variety of programs at the University of Manitoba’s College of Dentistry. What an exciting time of the year! June 8 sees the Manitoba Dental Association hosting the graduating Dental
and Dental Hygiene classes of 2017 at a celebratory breakfast at
the RBC Convention Center.  is is our annual opportunity to o cially welcome these new grads to the profession.  is, too, is a time of transition, from the secure walls of the University’s clinics and classrooms to the “real world”. As the host for this event, I am looking forward to celebrating these newly-minted professionals alongside their families and friends. As our new colleagues proceed to their respective convocation ceremonies later that a ernoon, your MDA board will be convening for the annual Spring board meeting. I would like to take a moment to recognize this group of individuals who take time out of their busy schedules to prepare for and attend this meeting, in order to address ongoing issues of relevance to our membership. Might I also take a moment to encourage any and all
of you (yes, new graduates, you too!) to contact Ra  at the MDA o ce if you feel you may have some time and energy to volunteer to serve on a committee or project.  e only requisite skill is the desire to serve your organization!
Speaking of volunteering, the MDA’s annual Tooth Fairy Saturday will be held on June 10, in conjunction with the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, at  e Forks. It’s never too late to volunteer for an hour or two (or more!) to help spread the message of the bene ts of good oral health. More information can be found at; please contact Pam McFarlane at the MDA o ce if you can help out.
No matter where your summer plans take you, I would like to wish each of you all the best that a Winnipeg Summer has to o er. Be it a road trip to the cottage, a day at the beach, or an a ernoon in your backyard, I hope you  nd some time to enjoy the Prairie sunshine!
Cheers, Catherine
MDAA President’s Message
On behalf of our Executive Director and the MDAA Board of Directors I hope our membership is able to be out enjoying
time with family and friends now that we are experiencing
some warmer weather! Since our last submission, the MDAA
held a board meeting in which they were pleased to have MDA Executive Director Ra  Mohammed and Dr. Marcel Van Woensel in attendance. Newly elected board members appreciated the opportunity to hear how the MDAA and MDA work collaboratively on behalf of their membership.  e MDAA also hosted another successful CE session in which guest speaker, Dr. Lekic provided an informative session to those members in attendance. Included in the CE session, and well received from members, was a presentation that educated members in the area of physiotherapy and yoga.
 e CDAA recently held its annual AGM and awards dinner in Ottawa, Ontario and the MDAA was presented with the prestigious “Excellence Award.” As the current serving MDAA President, I accepted this this award which recognizes the exemplary e orts displayed in highlighting the profession of dental assisting during Dental Assisting Recognition Week.  e MDAA would like to acknowledge our MDA representative, Sina Allegro-Sacco who will
be serving as CDAA Vice-President for the upcoming year. Sina will be the  rst MDAA representative to assume the role of President within the CDAA for the 2018-19 year. Congratulations Sina!
 e MDAA board would like to thank those members which have dedicated time to volunteer at various MDA sponsored events such as the recently held Oral Cancer Screening session.  e MDAA appreciates the opportunity to work with the MDA to provide education to the public regarding oral health issues relevant to all Manitobans.
 e MDAA will be taking some time away from the board table a er its June meeting. We will return in September to plan for upcoming CE sessions as well as planning for the annual AGM to be held in January.
 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

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