Board Meeting Highlights

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) hosted our third virtual Annual General Meeting on October 22, 2022. The CDHA Board of Directors also met in person September 28-29, 2022, at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon. This was followed by a meeting with the CDHA Board, Provincial presidents/executive directors/representatives from all provinces and territories.

AGM 2022

Key highlights from these meetings include the following:

Annual General Meeting

1,375 members registered for the 2022 virtual AGM.

CDHA’s president, Wendy Stewart, introduced a highlights video that showcased the highlights of the 2021-2022 fiscal year and encouraged members to download CDHA’s annual report.

Financial Statements and Appointment of Auditor
The chair of the audit committee, Kathy Yerex, presented the 2021-2022 audited financial statements. KPMG was appointed as auditor for 2022-2023.

CDHA’s Board of Directors
Tiffany Ludwicki, Past President (President 2020-21) and Director from Newfoundland and Labrador finished her term on the board in February 2022. Jennifer Turner, Director from Ontario, served on the Board from Oct 2021-March 2022. Donna Lee completed two years of her term as Director from the North. Lana Clow, director from PEI and Rae McFarlane, director from British Columbia completed their term on the board.

Tiffany Ludwicki

Tiffany Ludwicki
Outgoing Past-President
Newfoundland & Labrador

Jennifer Turner

Jennifer Turner
Outgoing Director
Ontario

Lana Clow
Outgoing Director
Prince Edward Island

Rae MacFarlane
Outgoing Director
British Columbia

Donna Lee
Outgoing Director
North

CDHA welcomed five new Directors, Heather Cassidy (Prince Edward Island), Cindy Holden (Newfoundland & Labrador) Bev Woods (Ontario) and Tracy Bowser (North), and Donna Lee (British Columbia).

Heather Cassidy
Director
Prince Edward Island

Cindy Holden
Director
Newfoundland & Labrador

Bev Woods
Director
Ontario

Tracy Bowser
Director
North

Donna Lee
Director
British Columbia

CDHA Board of Directors
The presentation of the CDHA Board of Directors for 2021-2022:

CDHA Board of Directors

Front Row (left to right): Wendy Stewart – Nova Scotia & Immediate Past President; Anne Caissie – New Brunswick & President; Francine Trudeau – Quebec and President-Elect
Back row: (left to right): Kathy Yerex – Manitoba; Bev Woods – Ontario; Tracy Bowser – North; Cindy Holden – Newfoundland and Labrador; Heather Cassidy – Prince Edward Island; Alexandra Sheppard – Alberta; Kaylen Anholt – Saskatchewan; Donna Lee – British Columbia

2022 Awards
CDHA recognized 2022 award winners.

Canada’s 2022 Dental Hygiene Superhero
Jadina Yip, British Columbia
Honourable Mentions: Laura Iorio, Ontario and Elizabeth Jones, British Columbia

Oh Canada! Readers’ Choice Award
Jennifer Scott - Promoting cultural competency through Indigenous art and dialogue (Summer 2021)

CJDH Research & Writing Awards
Best Original Research Article (Volume 55):
Iris Lin, Denise M Laronde, Lewei Zhang, Miriam P Rosin, Ilena Yim, and Leigha D Rock

Best Literature Review (Volume 55):
Kelsey Henneberry, Shannon Hilland, and S Kimberly Haslam

CJDH Student Essay Award: sponsored by Philips Sonicare
Jessica Tamrat (UBC)
Sijie (Jessie) Yang (Dalhousie)

Board Awards

Congratulations to the 2022 Distinguished Service Award winner

Zul Kanji

Zul Kanji

Congratulations to the 2022 Award of Merit winners

Dean Lefebvre

Dean Lefebvre

Janice Ritchie

Janice Ritchie

Mary Findlay

Mary Findlay

Noreen Ocampo

Noreen Ocampo

25-Year Member Recognition
CDHA honoured our loyal, longstanding members. A total of 216 members were recognized this year for having maintained membership in the Association for 25 years.

Franky & Melanie Adriao

Franky & Melanie Adriao

Tonya Anton

Tonya Anton

Collette Areseneault

Collette Areseneault

Sandra Auw

Sandra Auw

Julie Biro

Julie Biro

Kiran Bove

Kiran Bove

Lisa Bow

Lisa Bow

Sharon Brooks-Wallace

Sharon Brooks-Wallace

Ginette Davediuk

Ginette Davediuk

Cori Dorschied

Cori Dorschied

Stephanie Ellis

Stephanie Ellis

Leanna Enstrom

Leanna Enstrom

Rishma Esmail

Rishma Esmail

Irene Fejes Smith

Irene Fejes Smith

Nadia Fiacco

Nadia Fiacco

Dianne Gora

Dianne Gora

Heather Gould

Heather Gould

Diane Grzela-Dupuis

Diane Grzela-Dupuis

Cindy Holden

Cindy Holden

Dana King

Dana King

Sasha Kurpjuweit

Sasha Kurpjuweit

Caroline Lotz

Caroline Lotz

Nicole Julie Mainville

Nicole Julie Mainville

Monica Maione

Monica Maione

Teresa Macchione Manserra

Teresa Macchione Manserra

Glenys Matthews

Glenys Matthews

Cheryl McGrail-Sinclair

Cheryl McGrail-Sinclair

Patty Murphy-Wade

Patty Murphy-Wade

France Paquette

France Paquette

Maranda Rampersaud

Maranda Rampersaud

Diana Scott

Diana Scott

Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott

Teresa Semren

Teresa Semren

Lisa Shewchuk

Lisa Shewchuk

Jennifer Skutnik-Stewart

Jennifer Skutnik-Stewart

Georgina Stevenson

Georgina Stevenson

Sharon Stratton

Sharon Stratton

Lori Terfry

Lori Terfry

Sonya Wallace-DiFranco

Sonya Wallace-DiFranco

Cilla Watkins

Cilla Watkins

Tracey Wingert

Tracey Wingert

Ming Woo

Ming Woo

Alison Wood

Alison Wood

  • Stephanie Alexander
  • Adele Alfano
  • Sophie Allman
  • Charlene Amero-Sterling
  • Tanya Anderson-Purves
  • Anne Auclair Moe
  • Stephanie Awalt
  • Alison Baliotis
  • Patricia Bandy
  • Debra Bartraw
  • Rebekah Beacham-Johnston
  • Jennifer Bellefontaine
  • Valerie Boal
  • Kim Bonertz
  • Linda Boudreau
  • Sylvie Boudreau
  • Shari Bradford
  • Kimberley Brbot
  • Mary Breckenridge
  • Mary Louise Briggs
  • Tika Brown
  • Cynthia Burton
  • Valerie Cantin
  • Kelley Carchidi
  • Nancy Catalano
  • Linda Chevalier
  • Lisa Chovin
  • Tracy Colborne
  • Vincenza Conte-Piazza
  • Melanie Conway
  • Kathleen Corscadden
  • Cheryl Covey
  • Tammy Cranstoun
  • Suzy Cvitak
  • Janet D'Addio
  • Lynn Davey
  • Dori Davis
  • Tina De Luca
  • Tomasita Delos Reyes-South
  • Leslie-Anne Dempster
  • Laurie Deutsch
  • Brenda Di Muzio
  • Beverley Diotte
  • Julie Dort
  • Larysa Durston
  • Kimberley Ehrman
  • Trudi Enstrom
  • Colleen Ewing
  • Kelly Fafard
  • Michele Flowers
  • Mary Fortomaris
  • Noelle Fraser
  • Anita Freedman
  • Margaret Frey
  • Judy Ganis
  • Maninder Gill
  • Katarzyna Gnys
  • Sharon Grover
  • Jennifer Halas
  • Wendy Hamilton
  • Tracy Harder
  • Barrie-Ann Haryott-Fink
  • Carol Hefner
  • Amin Hirji
  • Elaine Hoeflicher
  • Leanne Hoekstra
  • Arjette Hogeboom
  • Shari Holland
  • Lisa Holoboff
  • Heather Hubbard
  • Stacey Hutchinson
  • Kerry Jacobs
  • Sherrilyn Job
  • Kimberly Johanson
  • Jailynn Jones
  • Fahara Kalyan
  • Carrie Kathrein
  • Sue Kaufman
  • Carrie Kawade Helgerson
  • Donna Kawahara
  • Kenas Kenner
  • Senna Kim
  • Karen Klenk
  • Tracee Kochan
  • Christine Kollarich
  • Jana Koop
  • Leanne Kurysh
  • Angela Ladd
  • Christine LeBlanc-Piquette
  • Carol Lenson
  • Charlene Levens
  • Krista Lindsay
  • Kiersten Lloyd
  • Cindy Loveridge
  • Shannon Lucas
  • Karen MacKenzie
  • Sherry Mackenzie Jennison
  • Shauna MacKinnon
  • Cindy MacKinnon
  • Susan MacLeod
  • Jacqueline Madar
  • Wendy Male
  • Emily Manlow
  • Juanita Mathew
  • Raffaella Mattina
  • Lisa McCullagh
  • Rebecca Sylvia Mertion
  • Nicole Mewis
  • Sabrina Mila
  • Sharon Miller
  • Holly Minck
  • Filomena Moleiro
  • Denise Montgomery
  • Carolyn Moore
  • Rosmarie Narduzzi
  • Carole Neill
  • Joanne Nield
  • Krista Dawn North
  • Debbie Ouellette
  • Angelica Panagiotakos
  • Chantal Pannell
  • Jodi Papineau
  • Jennifer Parsons
  • Heather Pryde
  • Evelyn Raha
  • Connie Raymer
  • Carmela Rocha
  • Joanne Rogala
  • Stephanie Rondeau
  • Corrie Ross
  • Jodie Rusnak
  • Harpreet Sachdev
  • Karen Salton
  • Robert Sampson
  • Elizabeth Scornaienchi
  • Trina Seca
  • Anne Sedore
  • Claude Seguin
  • Daniel Sereda
  • Diane Shier
  • Judith Simonson
  • Heather Sirkovsky
  • Tina Skliros
  • Jennifer Slezak
  • Mary Spedaliere
  • Jodi Sperling
  • Pamela Steed
  • Sara Stiefelmeyer
  • Janice Stratton
  • Kimberly Thompson
  • Joan Todd
  • Susan Van Dyke
  • Eleni Vassiliou
  • Janine Vernon
  • Cindy Walerowich
  • Kellie Wallace
  • Laura Waller
  • Magdalena Waltar
  • Nicole Warin
  • Tricia Weber
  • Barbara White
  • Donna White
  • Lorna Wiebe
  • Theresa Williamson
  • Tammy Wilson
  • Tina Wright
  • Jillian Yabsley
  • Katharine Yu
  • Liana Zangrilli-Cordeau

CDHA Partner’s Circle
CDHA's Partners' Circle is comprised of dental industry firms dedicated to the advancement of the dental hygiene profession and who recognize the important role that dental hygienists play in the oral health care team. CDHA acknowledged these highly valued and long-standing partners of CDHA:

CDHA's Partners' Circle

CDHA thanked outgoing president Wendy Stewart.

Wendy Stewart

Anne Caissie, Director from New Brunswick, was elected as President of CDHA for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Anne Caissie

Members were encouraged to Save the Date for our next Summit in Winnipeg, Manitoba October 20-21, 2023.

Save the Date for next Summit

CDHA Board of Directors Meeting
September 28-29, 2022

The Fall meeting of the CDHA Board of Directors was held on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Key highlights from the Board meeting included:

  • Board directors are the fiduciaries who steer CDHA towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as ensuring we have adequate resources to advance our mission. This was informed through the CEO’s presentation on an environmental scan and an update on the strategic plan, as they support the Board Ends (goals).
  • The Board Awards Committee working group Chair, Lana Clow, presented the committee report.
  • The Chair of the Audit Committee, Kathy Yerex, presented an Audit Committee report.
  • The Chair of the Ownership Linkage Committee, Alexandra Sheppard, presented a report. This included an outline of the Ownership Linkage Activity scheduled for the Summit in Whitehorse, the provincial president’s meeting, and a review of the President’s calendar.
  • The Board had a discussion on the terminology CDHA should use when referring residents of Canada receiving dental hygiene services. Patient, client, and other options were discussed. The board decided to conduct further research and survey members and experts about what terminology is currently in use and what would be the preferred terminology.
  • The Board directs, controls and inspires CDHA through the careful establishment of broad written policies reflecting the Board's values and perspectives. Thus, one of the key roles of the Board is monitoring and assessing Board policies and executive limitations at each Board meeting. The Board reviewed and accepted the CEO Monitoring Reports and Governance Process policies.
  • The CDHA Board has two representatives to the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH)- Alexandra Sheppard and Wendy Stewart. The board reviewed the reports from the IFDH delegates.
  • The Board had a discussion on sustainability in dental care/oral care.
  • To ensure clarify, the board approved changing the name of Past President to Immediate Past President, as there are many Past Presidents of CDHA and only the Immediate Past President serves on the Board.
  • The board welcomed Shafana Mitha, a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional, to provide board education on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • President-elect, Anne Caissie, recognized the many contributions of outgoing President, Wendy Stewart.

Provincial President’s Meeting
With the growth in dental corporations in Canada, CDHA’s board expressed an interest in learning more about dental corporations. The largest dental corporation in Canada is dentacorp. Guy Amini, President of dentacorps, joined the CDHA board, provincial presidents, executive directors and representatives from all provinces and territories in Canada, to present an overview of corporate denistry in Canada and responded to numerous questions.

This presentation was followed by updates from CDHA and each province and territory.

Provincial President Meeting
Provincial President Meeting
Provincial President Meeting
Provincial President Meeting
Provincial President Meeting
Provincial President Meeting