Hu-Friedy NEVI 2.0 CDHA Scholarship Program

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is pleased to partner with Hu-Friedy to offer an annual program providing $5,000 in scholarships to registered dental hygienists. The 2017 application process will open in the spring.

Congratulations to the following 2016 recipients! Check back soon for photos and bios.

Bachelor’s Level

Terri Archibald, RDH – Manitoba

The beginning of a diverse journey in the dental hygiene world for Terri Archibald began after graduation from Confederation College in 1991. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in private practice and in remote northern Ontario communities, provided clinical instruction in educational institutes, and started her own dental hygiene business. Terri has also served on association committees in various roles that have prepared her for a term on the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba council as chair of the practice guideline committee.

These past professional and association experiences, as well as her passion for lifelong learning, have led her to a new path in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene at the University of Manitoba. She is committed to helping people in need by propelling the dental hygiene profession to greater standards and possibilities over the long term.


Danielle Ayotte, RDH – Nova Scotia

Danielle Ayotte is a graduate of the Camosun College Dental Hygiene Program and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene Program at Dalhousie University. With her eye on the future, Danielle is looking forward to a career that ranges from teaching future dental hygiene students to working in public health and beyond. Danielle is excited to be part of such an ever-evolving profession, and is looking forward to contributing to the face of dental hygiene in a meaningful way throughout her career.


Courtenay Johnson, RDH – British Columbia

Upon graduation in 2006 from the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene, Courtenay returned home to Surrey, British Columbia, to begin her career as a dental hygienist. Within three days, she found permanent full-time employment in a general practice with an experienced dentist who embraced her curiosity and her thirst for knowledge of all things dentistry. In 2011, Courtenay began taking courses, part-time, in the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program at the University of British Columbia while continuing to work full-time. When she first started at UBC, Courtenay’s long-term goal was to teach dental hygiene in an entry-to-practice program. However, the variety of courses she has taken has enhanced her appreciation for the multitude of avenues available within the profession. With graduation approaching in May 2017, in addition to taking on a role as an educator, Courtenay is considering the possibility of conducting research or even returning to school and earning her master’s degree.

Master’s/Doctorate Level

Leigha Rock, RDH, BDSc – British Columbia

Leigha is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the British Columbia Oral Cancer Prevention Program, where she is conducting research while completing her degree in craniofacial science. Her PhD thesis focuses on molecular analysis and examines the clinical behaviour of oral premalignant lesions over time in order to further develop a risk model to predict the malignant transformation of low-grade oral premalignant lesions.