Hu-Friedy NEVI 2.0 CDHA Scholarship Program

CDHA and Hu-Friedy are offering $5,000 in scholarships to registered dental hygienists pursuing additional education at a baccalaureate level or above, to assist them in their dental hygiene career. The 2019 application process will open in the summer.

Congratulations to the following 2018 recipients!

Nancy Chutka

Nancy is very proud to receive a Hu Friedy Nevi 2.0 CDHA scholarship. She has worked as a dental hygienist in British Columbia for more than twenty years and is a huge supporter and advocate for the profession. She leads a healthy and active lifestyle on beautiful Vancouver Island with her husband, two energetic kids, and two equally energetic dogs. Recently, Nancy’s love of the dental hygiene profession led her to make the decision to complete her Bachelor of Health Science degree through Thompson Rivers University’s open learning platform. Her selection as a scholarship winner has inspired her more than ever to complete her degree and to look for new opportunities to further promote the profession of dental hygiene.

Madison Howey

Madison graduated from the University of Alberta with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene (2017) followed by a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in dental hygiene (2018). She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in educational research at the University of Calgary, as well as working full time in private practice. Madison hopes to eventually return to the University of Alberta as a researcher and educator to help contribute to the field of dental hygiene and share her love of learning with others. In particular, she is interested in exploring research methodologies that will enhance the educational experience of dental hygiene students and hopes to inspire novice dental professionals to challenge their worldview, expand their mindset, and to view every moment as an opportunity for growth. Madison strongly believes in lifelong learning and recognizes the great value in embodying this mindset as a registered dental hygienist. Madison is dedicated to the profession of dental hygiene, and her goal is to acquire the credentials and expertise necessary to impassion and nurture a love of learning in the future leaders of this profession.

Laura Lanfranchi

Laura is proud to have been able to support clients in their achievement of good oral health while working in a general dental practice in a large urban centre for the past 15 years. She was moved, however, by the difficulty a vulnerable elderly client had in accessing dental hygiene care within a long-term care facility. The barriers facing this client motivated Laura to complete her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia, which will enable her to obtain her 365-day exemption and provide independent dental hygiene care for vulnerable populations. In her spare time, Laura enjoys running, kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, and practising yoga.

Gordon Lien

Gordon thanks the Hu-Friedy 2.0 CDHA Scholarship program for supporting his ongoing professional development. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in dental sciences from the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, he completed his certification in dental assisting and his Diploma in Dental Hygiene at Vancouver Community College. Throughout Gordon’s education, he worked in both the private and public sectors and has been recognized for his clinical abilities and educational accomplishments. His passion for oral health promotion and education has prompted him to volunteer during Public Health and Community Dental Days and to work in the oral oncology department at the BC Cancer Agency. Gordon is looking forward to completing his master’s degree in health administration, which will allow him to develop a better understanding of the health and needs of the Canadian population. In the future, Gordon hopes to use the knowledge gained during his graduate studies to improve the quality of life and overall health of the population.

Kayla Schneider

Kayla received her Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the College of New Caledonia in 2016. After taking a year-long break from academic learning, she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of British Columbia while working full time at a busy, client-focused practice in Vernon, BC. Throughout Kayla’s education and career, she has enjoyed going above and beyond clinical practice. While studying for her diploma, she created an educational program for school-aged children, which highlighted oral health information and was tailored to different levels of understanding. This experience helped Kayla to recognize that she wanted to do more than just clean teeth; she wants to be an oral health advocate and help others understand and be proactive about their oral health. Once Kayla obtains her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health. Dedicating her career to this field will allow her to accomplish her twin goals of working with underserved communities and advocating the importance of good oral health. When Kayla is not busy as an oral health advocate, she enjoys spending time with her husband and fur family (two cats and two miniature dachshunds), hiking and snowshoeing, designing macramé creations, and more recently, knitting.

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 Melanie Martin to make arrangements.

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