DCF Gala Honours Four Award Recipients

July 21, 2004 — Ottawa — On May 5, 2004, the Dentistry Canada Fund (DCF), the charity for oral health in Canada, held its Celebrating Smiles Gala at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. The event was a great success and featured entertainment, a silent and live auction, the announcement of SciCan's $250,000 donation pledge — payable over four years, and the presentation of DCF's Service and Philanthropy Awards.

DCF is proud to honour and celebrate the contributions of its 2004 Award recipients:

2004 Award recipients
Left to right: Dr. Samuel Kucey; Dr. Guy Maranda; Dr. Bernard Dolansky, DCF president and chair; Ms. Eva Young, general manager, Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.; Dr. Gerry Wright, director of research and development, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

Outstanding Service Award — Industry Professional
Recipient: Eva Young, Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.

Ms. Young is the general manager for Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. and has been working for some 30 years in the dental industry. She is a past-president of the Dental Industry Association of Canada, served as the dental industry liaison to the Ontario Dental Association and has worked on Health Canada's Stakeholder's Committee on the Safety of Dental Amalgam as well as the government's ISO 210 Working Group.

A member of the DCF Board of Directors since 1996, Ms. Young was instrumental in helping DCF establish their Business Advisory Council. She is currently the vice-chair of the DCF Board of Directors and the chair of the DCF Business Advisory Council.

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Outstanding Service Award — Dentistry
Recipient: Dr. Guy Maranda

Dr. Maranda has been a valuable leader for numerous dental organizations within Quebec and Canada. In this regard, he has elevated the dental profession in Canada. He's been a professor in the faculty of dentistry at Laval University and has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists, the International Academy of Dental Studies, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International, among others.

In addition to being an annual DCF donor, Dr. Maranda was a member of the DCF Board of Directors from 1995 to 2003. During his tenure, his contributions provided excellent stewardship and guidance to the charity's growth and development.

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Outstanding Philanthropy Award — Industry
Recipient: Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Dr. Gerald Wright, director of research and development, proudly accepted this award on behalf of the company.

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare's support for the charity dates back to the old CFDE, the Canadian Fund for Dental Education. Pfizer has been the sponsor of the DCF - Pfizer Fellowship Awards Programs since 1986. These Pfizer (Listerine Brand) awards provide fellowships for dental assisting teachers, dental hygiene teachers and community special interest projects, and university dental teachers.

At a time when our Canadian dental schools are struggling to deal with an aging professor workforce, and to attract students into academic and research careers, the DCF - Pfizer Fellowship program has never been more important. In fact, it impacts the future health of the profession within Canada and ultimately, the quality of care provided for the Canadian public.

In addition, Pfizer has supported such recent DCF initiatives as the CDA 100th anniversary project and continues its philanthropic legacy with its Platinum sponsorship for DCF's Celebrating Smiles Gala. Pfizer's lengthy support of our DCF charity has had an immeasurable impact on dental education and fostered generations of dental leadership skills in Canada.

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Outstanding Philanthropy Award — Dentistry
Recipient: Dr. Samuel Kucey, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Kucey truly leads by example - he inspires people with his leadership drive, with his success and his ability to provide gifts of time, energy and money to make a dream become reality.

In the summer of 2000, Dr. Kucey and his campaign co-chair, Dr. Ian Carpenter, discussed their goal of seeing a brand new dental clinic built at The Ottawa Hospital. It was their belief that without such a project being undertaken, the dental clinic would disappear from the hospital environment.

And so began the campaign to raise $750,000 to build the new facility. In a little over 2 years from inception, the new clinic was officially opened with all the funding coming from the dental profession and the dental industry. To date, over $1.1 million has been raised, the capital construction costs have been fully paid off and an endowment fund has been created to support ongoing costs.

Dr. Kucey is an active oral surgeon in the Ottawa area — he services patients at his four dental offices around the City of Ottawa; is an active staff oral surgeon for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; is an active staff dental/oral surgeon for The Ottawa Hospital; and is a consultant/staff for The Montfort Hospital and the Arnprior General Hospital.

DCF's Celebrating Smiles Gala was an outstanding success. The charity extends its gratitude and thanks to all attendees and particularly to our sponsors/supporters: 3M ESPE, Ash Temple, Aurum Group of Companies, CIT Equipment Financing, Colgate, Dentsply Canada, Howson Tattersall, Kodak, Oral Health Journal, Patterson Dental, SciCan, Septodont, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Wrigley Canada, PW Group, Ivoclar Vivadent, Arizona Office of Tourism, and DIAC — the Dental Industry Association of Canada.

For further information, please contact Dr. Bernard Dolansky, DCF president and chair, or Richard Munro, DCF executive director, at the Dentistry Canada Fund, SciCan House, 427 Gilmour Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0R5; tel.: (613) 236-4763; fax: (613) 236-3935; e-mail: information@dcf-fdc.ca.


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