Board Meeting Highlights

CDHA’s board of directors works year-round in service of all members, setting priorities for the association and advocating for the profession and the importance of oral health to overall health. Twice a year, board members meet in person to discuss important operational and policy matters, and review the association’s progress in meeting its strategic goals.

Winter 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

The CDHA Board of Directors met in Montreal, Quebec, February 23-25, 2018.

Key highlights from the Board meeting:

  • One of the key roles of the Board of Directors is its fiduciary responsibility. To ensure ongoing competency in this regard, the Board had a financial education session.
  • In addition, the Chair of the Audit Committee, Tiffany Ludwicki, presented an update of the audit committee meeting and reviewed the audit process with the Board.
  • The Board also approved the signing of the audit engagement letter with KPMG.
  • The Board updated and approved some policies.
  • 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 prior to each Board meeting. The Board reviewed and accepted the CEO and Board Monitoring and Assessment Reports.
  • The Board conducts it’s business with the assistance of a Governance Coach. CDHA’s Board had the privilege with working with Caroline Oliver as their policy governance coach for the past decade. Unfortunately, Caroline passed away in January. The Board conducted a search and interviewed two potential governance coaches.
  • The board decided to develop an email address for members to connect with directors. An email address – – will be established in the next month. Members may still connect with CDHA president directly at



The CDHA Board appoints representatives to the International Federation of Dental Hygiene (IFDH). Reports were reviewed and accepted from CDHA’s current representatives Donna Scott and Deanna MacKay (IFDH).


The CDHA Board has a series of awards that they grant on an annual basis. The CDHA Award of Merit is awarded to a member who have voluntarily made a meaningful contribution to dental hygiene and their community on a regular basis in a selfless, professional manner. This award provides an opportunity for CDHA to join with members in identifying and celebrating volunteer service. The volunteer service may reflect one or more of the CDHA National Competencies. The Board approved one recipient for this prestigious award. Congratulations to Balbir Sohi from Ontario.


An election will be held this year for the Director position in Alberta.

Leanne Huvenaars, Saskatchewan, Deanna Mackay, Manitoba and Beth Ryerse, Ontario, were elected for a second term on the Board.

The Board elected Leanne Huvenaars, Director from Saskatchewan, as President-Elect for CDHA.



President Sophia Baltzis (R) presenting bound Publication of Oh Canada! to Past-President Gerry Cool

Other Board Business
  • One of the key roles of the Board is connecting with the Owners (who are the members) of CDHA. The Board held an ownership linkage session with students on February 22, 2018 in Montreal and with over 80 members on February 23, 2018, just before this Winter Board meeting.
  • The ENDS are the priority goals/direction for CDHA. The board spent some time reviewing and discussing End #2.1: Healthy and Respectful Workplace.
  • The Board approved their plan and governance budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.