Niagara College receives award from Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Encouraging the college community to sink their teeth into oral health has earned staff and students from Niagara College’s Dental Hygiene program an award from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA).

Niagara College has been announced as winner of the CDHA’s Oral Health Promotion Award. The award in the CDHA’s Dental Hygiene School category (sponsored by Crest Oral-B) recognizes the promotion of oral health and the profession of dental hygiene in practice schools and the community through creative initiatives. It was granted to the College for the efforts of Dental Hygiene professor Jennifer Turner and its graduating Dental Hygiene class of 2014 who marked this year’s National Dental Hygienists Week (April 6-12)  with a special event at the college’s Applied Health Institute.

“Niagara College was selected as the recipient in the dental hygiene school category because the students undertook various initiatives that helped to spread a positive oral health message and increase the profile of dental hygiene professionals with fellow students faculty and the public. Their innovative activities including the flash mob and taste testing were especially impressive to the review panel” said Victoria Leck CDHA manager of Professional Development. “It is exciting to see the next generation of dental hygienists be passionate about their chosen profession and to observe their commitment to improving the oral health of the people with which they come in contact.”

“I am very excited and proud that we have won this award from the CDHA as we put a lot of hard work into creating an interactive fun educational event. Seeing the smiles on my students’ faces and all that attended made the hard work worthwhile” said Turner. “My Dental Hygiene students learned what it was like to pull together and work as a team to achieve the ultimate goal. We created memories that will last a lifetime.”

Turner who is also a graduate of NC’s Dental Hygiene program was awarded the CDHA’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. The award recognized her outstanding contributions to the profession of dental hygiene and her leadership in oral health as well as her teaching contributions innovative approaches to learning and educational leadership.

“Niagara College is always supportive with my ideas in educating the students with an out of the box approach to enhance learning” said Turner. “I am proud to have won this award to show that the Niagara College Dental Hygiene program is a leader in Canada.”

The award was part of the CDHA’s Dental Hygiene Recognition program which recognized 18 leaders in oral health for their outstanding contribution to the profession the national association and to the overall health and well-being of the Canadian public on September 10 2014. The college received a monetary award of $2000 and will receive a plaque at a CDHA awards luncheon on October 31 2015 in conjunction with the association’s National Conference in Victoria B.C.

The CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 26800 registered dental hygienists working in Canada directly representing 17000 individual members including dental hygienists and students. Dental hygiene is the sixth largest regulatory health profession in Canada. 

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