CDA Essentials 2017 • Volume 3 • Issue 4

13 Volume 3 Issue 4 | CDA at W ork Distinguished Service Award The Distinguished Service Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions to the dental profession, the dental community or the oral health of Canadians at large, in a given year or for outstanding service over a number of years. This year’s recipient was Dr. Susan Sutherland of Toronto. Dr. Susan Sutherland has led a distinguished career in the field of hospital dentistry and has guided the work of organized dentistry at the local, provincial and national levels. At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre she is serving a third term as chief of the department of dentistry and is a founding member of the newly formed Canadian Association of Hospital Dentists (see p . 39) . She was chair of the CDA Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs for 10 years and recently chaired the CDA Code of Ethics Working Group. A generous and talented educator, Dr. Sutherland has mentored countless students in various stages of their training, across disciplines. “The opportunity to collaborate with so many exceptional colleagues in organized dentistry, academia, and clinical practice over my career has shaped my thinking and enriched my life. I am very grateful to receive this recognition frommy peers and fellow CDA members.” – Susan Sutherland Award of Merit The Award of Merit recognizes an individual who has served in an outstanding capacity in the governing or service of CDA over a sustained period of time or who has made similar outstanding contributions to the dental profession, the dental community or the oral health of Canadians and/ or society at large. This year’s recipients were Dr. Paul Cameron of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and Dr. Jim Tennant of Hay River, Northwest Territories. A practising dentist in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Dr. Paul Cameron is a strong believer in giving back to the profession. Through his leadership at the Nova Scotia Dental Association, where he served as president in 2009–10, and his contributions to the many CDA working groups and committees he chaired during his time on the CDA Board of Directors (2012–15), Dr. Cameron has helped advance the profession. His dedication to patients and contributions to his local community demonstrate the impact of Dr. Cameron’s leadership outside of organized dentistry. “Organized dentistry has given me the opportunity to meet and work with so many great individuals from all across the country. I feel truly blessed and grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to participate over the years.” – Paul Cameron Dr. Jim Tennant received his dental degree from the University of London in 1972 and within a year began practising dentistry in the Northwest Territories, where he still practises today. For over 40 years, he has devoted his career to providing care for the people in his community, including First Nations and Inuit people, and serving his profession. Since 2010, Dr. Tennant has served on the CDA Board of Directors, where he’s brought a deeper perspective to issues related to dentistry in the Canadian North. He also provided guidance to the CDA Task Force on Integration of Internationally Trained Dentists and the Access to Care Working Group. “I’m very proud to have received this award and also very proud to have served on the CDA Board. Our profession is lucky to have such a responsive organization representing us on the national and international stages. I look forward to continuing my involvement with organized dentistry.” – Jim Tennant