Hu-Friedy NEVI 2.0 CDHA Scholarship Program

CDHA and Hu-Friedy are offering five $1,000 scholarships to registered dental hygienists pursuing additional education at a baccalaureate level or above, to assist them in their dental hygiene career. The 2018 application process will open in the summer.

Congratulations to the following 2017 recipients!

Corinne Story, RDH, BDSc(DH)

Corinne has been a dental hygienist for 28 years, working variously in general practice, periodontal practice, and as a clinical educator. She obtained her dental hygiene diploma from the University of Alberta in 1989, and went on to graduate from the degree completion program at University of British Columbia in 2000. Committed to lifelong learning, Corinne is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing at the University of Alberta. Her passion for sociocultural studies, with a focus on gender, has inspired her academic work at every stage. Corinne has served twice as a provincial councillor with the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta, and is very honoured and grateful to be acknowledged for her contributions to the profession with the 2017 CDHA Nevi Scholarship. Corinne also has an extensive background in figure skating, including coaching, and she is pursuing her passion for music in her spare time.

Larissa Bubnowicz, RDH, BSc

Larissa discovered her passion for oral health care during her undergraduate studies in microbiology at the University of Manitoba. A registered dental hygienist since 2013, Larissa has developed and honed her skills as a clinician and academic, conducting internationally acclaimed research in the field of dental biomaterials and, more specifically, dental enamel fluoridation. This research has led to life-changing opportunities and experiences, as she regularly presents at oral health symposiums, is currently pursuing journal publication, and is authoring a textbook chapter on preventive dental materials. Now in her fifth year as sessional instructor and first year as course coordinator for the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, Larissa believes it is important to establish a link between academia, research, community service, and the clinical practice setting. It is with this intent that she is pursuing a Master of Science in oral biology at the University of Manitoba. Be it kayaking with her parents, shopping with her sisters, or dining with her friends, Larissa loves sharing in laughter, creating new memories, and focusing on those who matter most in her life.

Fatimah Datoo, RDH, BDScDH

Fatimah earned her diploma in dental hygiene in Vancouver in 2007. She continued her studies at the University of British Columbia, earning her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education (post-secondary studies) at Memorial University, Newfoundland, while working as a full-time instructor at Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries. With her master’s degree, Fatimah hopes not only to be a positive role model for her students, but also to ensure that the level of excellence in dental hygiene programs is maintained. She is a firm believer in advocating for individuals with special needs, and feels blessed to have the opportunity to educate her students on the importance of working with this population. She wants her students to realize that they can help all individuals, regardless of circumstances or abilities, and encourages them to gain the knowledge and skills to be able to do so when they graduate. Fatimah’s dedication to the dental hygiene profession is displayed through her ability to juggle work, family, studies, and volunteer activities while striving to make education and service to others her top priority.

Becki Delany, RDH

Becki earned her diploma in dental hygiene in 2011 and has been practising in rural Northern British Columbia ever since. In 2013 Becki had the opportunity to go to Cochabamba, Bolivia, with the Smiles Forever program to work as a mentor and teacher, educating Indigenous impoverished women on the importance of dental hygiene and the techniques needed for appropriate treatment. Becki was involved in developing a dental hygiene curriculum for the program, as dental hygiene was not an accredited program in Bolivia at that time. Becki’s experiences with Smiles Forever prompted her to explore her twin passions of education and working with vulnerable populations further. In 2016, Becki enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University to better prepare her to work in rural areas of Northern British Columbia with limited access to oral care. Becki believes firmly in the importance of promoting optimal oral care and overall positive healthy living, and hopes to inspire other oral health professionals to share their knowledge with communities and cultures in all regions of the country.

Candice Blair, RDH, BA

Candice is a registered dental hygienist working in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from Georgian College in 2010 and has been working in private practice ever since. Candice is passionate about the dental profession and is looking for ways to make a difference, which is why she enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program at the University of Alberta as a first step. She has participated in several volunteer activities, including a dental mission to Nicaragua; providing treatment on a public health dental bus; and giving oral health presentations to local students and businesses. As evidence of her love of learning, Candice also has a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in sociology from the University of Calgary and has completed a Diode Laser certification course. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the mountains, and practising yoga.

Host a NEVI Tour Stop

The Hu-Friedy mascot NEVI will begin a cross-Canada tour to help promote the scholarship program. NEVI will be available for travel between May and October.

Would you like to become a host? Individual members organizing provincial/regional dental hygiene events or those working in clinics, schools or any suitable venue may apply to host NEVI. It makes for a fantastic awareness event by promoting our oral health message – plus it’s a great photo opportunity!

Please contact Victoria Leck to make arrangements.

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