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Celebrating National Dental Hygiene Week 2012!

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
St. Francis of Assisi


This year I was able to get out and celebrate National Dental Hygiene Week within the community of Kensington. I had the pleasure of visiting with 4 different West Hillhurst Preschool Classes and boy was it fun! Teeth were counted in English and en francais; we learnt how to brush teeth and gums using Doogan Dog as a trusty but sneezy model,: kids listened with wide eyes and open ears during story time and explanations about what sugar bugs did in their mouth! What an attentive, and happy go lucky audience.

Dental Hygiene Week is a time when Canada recognizes the initiatives of this profession and how it impacts Canadians. It is both a good time and bad time to be a hygienist in 2012; good because of the changes made to the Health Professions Act that gave Canadians more direct access to dental hygiene care and bad because of economic changes that affected  the landscape of once plentiful jobs for us hygienists.

If there is one thing that has not changed, it is the constant need for access to preventive oral health care in this country. I would like to personally thank every hygienist I know who has been instrumental in spearheading these legislative changes that would affect how healthy Canadians mouths could be.  You pioneers and trailblazers are amazing individuals! This is a great time to be a hygienist and it is only going to get better. Lots of faith, hope, and love.



Our Junior Achievement team 2011-2012

Quality Control

Quality Control

We are so proud of the achievers in our Junior Achievement group this year! All of the participants worked so well together, and attacked problems with a maturity sometimes not seen in the professional world.

For those of you who are not familiar with Junior Achievement, it is a non-profit organization that focuses on teaching business and economic skills to youths. Typically participants are in High-School, but they also have some in-school programs for a younger audience.

By far the most popular program is the “Company Program”. During this after-school adventure, achievers are taught the basics of business including raising capital, market research, choosing a product, buying raw materials and manufacturing a product, and finally liquidation.

Selling at Kingsland Farmers Market

Selling at Kingsland Farmers Market

Of course throughout the program there are challenges that come up and the achievers need to work together to overcome issues and develop solutions. Not only is it a fantastic program to learn about business, but it also teaches some early work/life skills such as how to work together on a project, and how to overcome what may seem to be huge obstacles.

The Production Line

The Production Line

This year Rocell and I had the pleasure of working with some of the best achievers we’ve ever seen! They are even in the running for the company of the year! There is some tough competition this year, so it’ll be interesting to see how they do. Either way, we are so proud of them!

To learn about their product, have a look at this small snippet Shaw TV did on our JA group.

Congrats Non-scents! It was such a pleasure to work with you all!!

Gift from the Heart Day warmed up the month of February!

What a great day it was!!! Thank you Bev Woods for your most excellent initiative to offer free dental hygiene care for those who otherwise could not afford it. To Sally Lloyd (for bringing the day out West in Canada). And a great BIG thank you to the dear hygienists (Lenora, Jeanelle and Jody and Dave the “honorary hygienist”) who helped make this day a success at White Summit Dental Hygiene Clinic:)))

What a rewarding day for all!!! In total we saw 7 patients in our clinic who are now on there way to more healthy gums and mouth.
The ability to offer and share ones passion as a hygienist, to patients who just plain and simple cannot afford it, is the best gift for us worker bees. Have a fabulous Family Day weekend everyone!! And remember that a healthy smile leads to a healthy heart!

Free Day of Dental Hygiene Treatment with a “Gift from the Heart”

Mark your calendars people!!

February is the month of LOVE. Hygienists in Canada are celebrating the day of taking care of our hearts, by offering free dental hygiene services to those in financial need on February 12, 2011 in Ontario and Alberta.

On February 12, 2011 White Summit Dental Hygiene Clinic will be offering free dental hygiene treatment for patients who are unable to afford their care. This event was originally spear-headed by Bev Woods, a dental hygienist in Ontario. It has become so popular that it has now spread to Alberta and BC. If anyone you know could benefit from this free day of service, let us know and we will be glad to schedule them in!