Welland bridge to be lit purple as Niagara College celebrates National Dental Hygienists Week

Prepare for purple power!

The national colour of dental hygiene will not only be proudly worn by Niagara College students celebrating National Dental Hygienists Week April 9 to 15, Welland’s Main Street Bridge will be lit purple on the evening of April 13.

The bridge lighting was initiated by the College’s Dental Hygiene program, as part of a series of activities to take place in honour of National Dental Hygienists Week. About 50 students from the program will attend the bridge lighting, to begin at dusk, along with program faculty and members of the Niagara Dental Hygienists’ Society.

“The celebration is an opportunity for our students to shed some light on Niagara College’s Dental Hygiene program, the profession of Dental Hygiene, and what we do as oral health care providers,” said dental programs professor Jeannette Kulik. “It is in opportunity for our students to unite and engage in celebration by infusing excitement into what is known to be a very rigorous and demanding program.”

The College worked with the City of Welland, the Welland Downtown Business Improvement Area, and the Niagara Region to make the bridge lighting possible.

“Welland Bridge 13 will be lit purple to recognize and celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week,” said Stephanie Hicks, executive director, Welland Downtown BIA. “With Niagara College being home in Welland and having one of the best Dental Hygiene programs, it is an honour to light the bridge for the hygienist and future hygienist.”

In addition to the bridge lighting, students will mark National Dental Hygienists Week at the College’s Applied Health Institute (Welland Campus) on Thursday, April 14 (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) with information displays and activities to raise awareness about dental health.

National Dental Hygienists Week is an initiative of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and Niagara College has been involved for the past three years. In 2014, NC students won the Best Event category in the CDHA’s Put Your Purple On campaign. Visit: http://www.cdha.ca/

Niagara College offers a six-term Ontario College advanced standing diploma program in Dental Hygiene. The program is based at the Welland Campus, Applied Health Institute, featuring a state-of-the-art dental clinic where students gain hands-on experience working with professional dentists and real clients from the community.

Niagara College offers more than 100, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.


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