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New Brunswick Dental Assistants' Association des assistant(e)s dentaires du Nouveau-Brunswick
P.O. Box / C.P. 8997
Shediac, NB  E4P 8W5
e-mail:  bernioff@nb.sympatico.ca
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One dental assistant from each local will receive a gift in honour of the Dental Assistants Recognition Week from NBDAA.

Cathy Aiken-Covey - Fredericton local; Stéphanie Pitre - Moncton local; Chantalle Racine - Saint John local;

Réjeanne Stewart - North Shore local; Josée Gagnon - USJRV 


​Congratulations and have a terrific week!!!

Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2018

Patient focused with passion and purpose!

Don’t forget to recognize Registered Dental Assistants during the first week of March, the 4th to 10th!

March 4-10, 2018, has been designated by the American Dental Assistants Association, along with the American Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association, as the perfect time to acknowledge and recognize the versatile, multitalented members of your dental team — your Dental Assistants.

Contributing to quality dental care, today’s dental assistants are role models of professional development. Strengthening the entire dental team, they enhance patient satisfaction throughout the world. That’s why staffing your office with Registered or Certified Dental Assistants ensures the level of professionalism and service your patients deserve. They are committed to their profession, making them your essential assistants.

Let’s celebrate dental assisting and the people who practice it during the annual Dental Assistants Recognition Week, from March 4th to 10th, 2018.

A certified or registered dental assistant is educated in infection control protocols, exposing and processing radiographs, providing patient education, assisting the dentist during procedures, independently providing intra oral treatments, performing laboratory tasks and much more. As part of the dental team they are essential to the oral care of Canadians! Recognize your dental assistants during the first week of March.

On February 3rd, 2018 at the NBDAA Board of Directors' meeting, we had a discussion with Mr. Dan Léger, Registrar of the NB Dental Society following the refusal of license of a few members.
It was brought to our attention that the NBDS's by-law number 3-2 was passed and came into effect in June 2017.
10.         Any New Brunswick Level II dental assistant who has lapsed their license for more than three years, in addition to good standing, must be approved by the Executive Committee on recommendation of the Registrar’s Office.
As we are facing a possible shortage of dental assistants in New Brunswick, some of you may consider returning to the profession after a few or several years of absence.
If you foresee returning to the workforce as a level II dental assistant in NB, I urge you to apply NOW for your regular membership with NBDAA with 12 continuing education points and also applying for your license with NBDS without delay.
If you have not been licensed in the past three (3) years, please include a brief explanation as to why you have not kept your license active.
Each application will be treated individually on a case-by-case basis.
If you are refused your license, NBDS will refund your payment.  NBDAA will also refund your membership payment upon receipt of a copy of your refusal letter from NBDS.
If you have any questions, please contact NBDS at info@nbds.com or (506) 452-8575.
Volunteer is a person that actively takes on a task, responsibility, or project on his or her own accord without needing to be assigned, ordered, or told to do so.  A volunteer is not paid for the work that they provide.
Each local (Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, North Shore, U.S.J.R.V.) should have at least 3 volunteers to help and support each other and the profession.  Each volunteer is doing their best by giving of their time out of a busy work schedule and families for the advancement of the profession.  A few more colleagues who could give 1-2 hours a week would make a big difference.
Perhaps helping the local President organize 1 meeting per year in your local.  It doesn't have to be a life time commitment.
Be part of the solution.  Be supportive and make it fun!
We are pleased to tell you about our next amazing contest… a chance to win a new BMW!  The contest runs January 1st to December 31st 2018.  Members of the NBDAA who receive a home or auto quote over the course of the year will be automatically entered for a chance to win.  For further details, please click on the link: https://www1.johnson.ca/savings or the French version at https://www1.johnson.ca/fr/economisez
The Moncton dental assistants association takes the time to help a family in need each Christmas.  Baby Zane was born with Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and a congenital heart disease. He was recently diagnosed with Hemophagocylic Lymph Histiocytosis (HLH disease), a very rare immunologic and hematologic disease. He is currently hospitalized at the Toronto hospital for sick children, where he will remain indefinitely, while he awaits heart surgery.
Ben MacMichael, Director of the NB Association of Food Banks is the guest speaker at the Moncton local meeting on December 19th, 2017.  Donations of non perishable food items to:  Peter McKee Community Food Center on St. George Street in Moncton would be greatly appreciated.  Ben can not directly accept the food at the meeting.
Membership renewals are being processed and should be in the mail by the end of next week...  including the receipts. 
My name is Caitlyn Colquhoun and I am a recent dental graduate from Dalhousie University. I have partnered with Outflow, which is a charity in Saint John that runs an emergency men’s shelter in Saint John. Together, we are working towards building an oral health clinic to provide services to those in need. We purchased dental equipment from the dental assistants school in Saint John that closed. We are now in the process of building the dental clinic in the upstairs portion of the shelter. Next Friday, April 28th from 12 until 1:30, we are hosting an open house to raise awareness to what we are trying to accomplish and for people to see the clinic that is being built. We would love if it dental assistants in the area who were interested in getting involved in this initiative would attend our event, or even just contact Joanne Barry to get more information at 649-2775 or e-mail Joanne.Barry@HorizonNB.ca
Below, in the photo, Stéphanie Pitre receiving her scholarship from our Moncton local representative Alyssa Eccleston.
This year's scholarship recipients are Amélie Ringuette of the CCNB Campbellton and Stéphanie Pitre of Oulton College.  Below, in the photo, Amélie Ringuette receiving her scholarship from her teacher, Joanne Haché of the Dental Assisting program at the CCNB-Campbellton.
The winner of the photo contest is Jean-Marie Christensen.  Help us celebrate the Dental Assistants recognition week.  Print the poster and display it where everyone can see it.
In reviewing observations of our Radiation Surveyors in this Bulletin, Dan and Mary Hanson, I noted a subtle but important point:  Radiation safety is about both the patient and the dental staff.  Read more...
À la lecture des observations présentées dans ce Bulletin par nos agents de contrôle radiologique, Dan et Mary Hanson, J'ai remarqué un point subtil, mais important:  la radioprotection concerne le patient et le personnel dentaire.  Lire les détails...
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Health Canada is pleased to provide you with the Establishments that Transplant Human Cells, Tissues and Organs – Including Transplant surgeons and Dental Professionals – Frequently Asked Question.  The goal of this compliance promotion document is to emphasize the pertinent sections of the Safety of Human Cells, Tissues and Organs for Transplantation Regulations (CTO regulations) that are applicable to transplant establishments.  We would highly encourage you to share this document with your members, as applicable, in order to increase their awareness of their responsibilities under the CTO Regulations. Please do not hesitate to distribute this document further.

(See attached file: FAQ_Transplantation_CTO_EN_2016.pdf)

For your information, please find attached the list of stakeholders that will have received this email:
 (See attached file: Dental_and_Surgical_List_Facilities.pdf)

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Biological Product Compliance Program at BPCP_PCPB@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Thank you

Biological Product Compliance Program
Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch
Health Canada
On October 1, 2016, a motion was made to accept volunteer work as continuing education points as follows:
2.     Courses/Seminars/Lectures - Other  (must be of benefit to the participant)
 a)     Professional responsibility or ethical obligations of the participant
          (Volunteer = 1 pt per event) - Maximum of 5 points PER YEAR will be ACCEPTED.
          Must be related to health or dental.
Le 1 octobre, 2016, une motion fut acceptée que le bénévolat sera accepté comme point d'éducation continue tel que suit:
2.  Cours/séminaires/présentations – autres (doit bénéficier le/la participant-e)
 a)     Une responsabilité professionnelle ou obligations éthiques du participant.
         (Bénévole = 1 pt par événement) - Un maximum de 5 points PAR ANNÉE sera ACCEPTÉ.
         Doit être relié à la santé ou dentaire.
The registered continuing education points for 2015-2016 have been updated.  See downloads.

In 2016 the Dental Assistants' Association of New Brunswick created two $500 scholarships for a dental assisting student from N.-B. 

Our first recipient is Brianna Parlee (right) student from Oulton college in Moncton accepting her scholarship with Alyssa Eccleston, the Moncton local rep. (left)
A second scholarship has been awarded to Bianka Madore studying Dental Assisting at the CCNB Campbellton presented by the President, Marie-Christine Arseneau (left).
Congratulations to you both.
Would you like to become a mentor or are you looking for a mentor?  If yes, please contact the NBDAA office.  For more details, see the brochure.
We would like to welcome our two latest provincial board members, Sylvie Fortin-Bourque, the North Shore local representative and Alyssa Eccleston, Moncton local representative.  Welcome aboard!
Tuesday night we had our monthly meeting at the Rothesay Ave Super Store. Our Guest Speaker was Vanessa Yurchesyn, a Dietitian who works for Loblaw.  She went over lots of very interesting facts about nutrition and what's healthy and what isn't. We were taken on a tour around the store and shown healthier options.
At the end of the tour Vanessa invited us back to do a cooking class, which we will be considering for a meeting in 2017.
She also told us that if anyone is interested in returning for a more one on one nutritional consultation and tour of the store, that it is free and anyone is welcome. Vanessa can be contacted via email or phone. Her information is below for anyone that is interested.
Vanessa Yurchesyn, BSc AHN, RD
Registered Dietitian
T: (506) 650-8027 | vanessa.yurchesyn@loblaw.ca
Twitter: @allfoodsfitNB
Another topic discussed at the meeting was "Smiles for Canada"
Smiles 4 Canada is a program run by the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Orthodontics (CFAO) in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO). The program facilitates the orthodontic treatment of deserving young Canadians who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment. Applicants to the program must be under 14 years old. Patients who are accepted for treatment through the program will be treated by a local participating orthodontist. Patients’ families are only required to pay a small administrative fee, generally less than 10% of a complete course of treatment.
** This program was brought to our attention from an orthodontic assistant of this program for underprivileged children. Please pass this along to your Dentist.
Hope to see you all at the next meeting which will be February 3rd, our guest speaker will be Dr. Fitzpatrick and he will be talking to us about Cleft Palate. We are hoping to have the meeting at the Rothesay Ave Super store again. We will send out an email when the location is confirmed.
Shiloh :)
I would like to remind all level II dental assistants that license renewals must be received by the New Brunswick Dental Society on or before January 31st
Thank you for your assistance.
Ceci est un rappel que les renouvellements de permis pour les aides-dentaires niveau II sont dues au bureau de la Société dentaire du Nouveau-Brunswick au plus tard le 31 janvier. 
Merci de votre collaboration.
To enter the photo contest, visit https://www.facebook.com/Photo-contest-849361051848415/, click on the Photo Contest tab and submit your photo.  Only entries submitted through this method will be considered valid.
Contestants are limited to entering one photo per day.  The contest closes on February 10, 2016.  No late entries will be accepted.  The contest is open to NBDAA members only.  Photos must represent the profession of dental assisting.
The winners of the contest will be selected from the top 10 with the most likes.  The contest committee will select the top 3 photos and announce the winners on February 13, 2016.  Prizes will be awarded.
No purchase, expenditure or investment is necessary to enter this contest.  The moderators of the contest reserve the right to not accept photos that may be offensive to the public or that demonstrate unsafe practices or unethical.
The winners agree to have NBDAA use the photos in promotional materials such as posters, brochures, newsletters, etc.
Did you know,  the NBDAA received 2 awards during the CDAA AGM in June 2015.MARION EDWARDS AWARD
You may now register for the 2015 Fredericton Symposium scheduled for October 17th, 2015 at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex.  Registration deadline is October 14, 2015.  Share with your dental team.
The Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association in collaboration with the Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Network would like to invite dental assistants to participate in the final stages of the Building Capacity in Dental Assisting Research (BCDAR) project.
The concluding phase of the BCDAR project will consist of several one-on-one semi-structured telephone interviews with practicing dental assistants. The primary goal of these interviews is cultivate upstream knowledge. That is, to look to dental assistants for expertise in this field and contribute to current discussion in occupational health. As such, interview questions will focus on occupational health concerns in dental assisting and allow for significant discussion on behalf of the participants.
To qualify as a research participant candidates must:
  • Be currently practicing as a licensed dental assistant in Canada, in applicable jurisdictions[1]
  • Be willing to participate in one telephone interview of approximately 20 minutes in length
  • Be willing to have their discussion recorded for transcription purposes
If you are interested in participating in a short telephone interview or would like more information regarding this research please respond via e-mail to BCDAresearch@gmail.com with the following information:
  1. Province or territory of practice
  2. Number of years as a practicing dental assistant
If you are selected as a research participant you will be contacted via e-mail to coordinate a telephone interview. 
Please note: Participants’ identities will be kept anonymous and data used in a final report will be coded to ensure anonymity
[1] For dental assistants in Ontario, the interviewee must be a Level 1 dental assistant. In the province of Quebec the interviewee must hold a DEP
Yes.  We do accept on-line continuing education points.
You may enroll in the Group Retirement Savings Plan by filling out the Pension plan Application form and returning it to the NBDAA office.
CDAA has undertaken a research project with CIHR specific to dental assisting.  To begin Phase II of the project, the researcher is launching an online survey.
It has been uploaded to the CDAA website and also to our FB page.  
Please share this information broadly with your colleagues and members!   We need to get as many respondents as possible so please feel free to add the link to your websites and FB pages.
I have also shared the link with my contacts in former OM jurisdictions.
I need your help to get the word out as quickly as possible as the survey is only live for a one-week period:  July 22 – July 30, 2015, as per the researcher’s instructions.
Help CDAA to advance the dental assisting profession through this important research.
Thank you and have a great day!
Stephanie Mullen-Kavanagh
Executive Director - Directrice générale

The malpractice insurance will be included in your membership fees as of June 1, 2015 but will only be in effect as of February 1, 2016.  If you wish to purchase the insurance to be covered until February, you may do so with the this insurance form.

We are proud to be able to promote the dental assisting profession by helping 2 students with a $500 scholarship each towards a dental assisting program in Canada.  Fill the application form and must be received by January 31.

As part of the consultations undertaken, CDAA heard that it needs to move concretely towards a federated model and away from a member-focused model.  To that end, CDAA has undertaken a down-tooling of its continuing education program to better reflect its newly-focused direction, while continuing to pursue opportunities to recognize the profession from a national perspective.


The CDAA Continuing Education program will be taken offline and no longer offered as of April 1, 2015, this means that no CDAA online courses will be available to dental assistants beyond March 31, 2015 and all previously paid/registered courses must be completed and certificates issued/printed no later than March 31, 2015.


We understand that this change may cause apprehension for members who use our continuing education services.  We will be pleased to address any concerns/questions you may have and ask that they contact the CDAA office, toll-free at 1-800-345-5137, Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.  Over the coming weeks, CDAA will also post a Frequently Asked Questions section on our website, (www.cdaa.ca), to further support the students through this transition.


Staphanie Mullen-Kavanagh, Executive Director, CDAA

Yes, the time has come!  As of June 1, 2015 - The membership fee will increase from $100 to $135 per year.  This increase will include the malpractice insurance for ALL regular members.

 One dental assistant from each local will receive a gift in honour of the Dental Assistants Recognition Week. 

Come visit the website each day to find out who are the lucky recipients.

Shelly Maston - Fredericton local

Jean-Marie Christensen - Moncton local

Bobbi-Jo Hopey - Saint John local


The Moncton local is also awarding gifts:

Monday - Annelle Gallant; Tuesday - Denis Bouchard


We just wanted to touch base and let you in on some of our plans for the fall. All of us are really excited to get started and hopefully see our attendance and attitudes improve! We have decided (with the exception of a couple of months) our meetings will be the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30.

We are very pleased that the Dental Assistants College of Saint John has agreed to provide the venue for our meetings. The list of tentative dates for our meetings is posted under events.  We will have a guest speaker at 4 of the meetings.

The file for the continuing education points has been updated on August 2, 2013.  Those are the points provided to NBDAA and if you have more points, you will need to provide proof along with your membership renewal which will be mailed on August 23, 2013.

For new graduates requiring a regular membership to obtain a license, please use the "Membership application" under download.  Don't forget to enclose a copy of your dental assisting diploma, National Certificate and CPE if applicable.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Fredericton local meeting
CANCELLED for  Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, at  6:00 pm at the Fredericton  Dental  Center, 1012 Prospect St.
RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at  6:00 pm at the Fredericton  Dental  Center, 1012 Prospect St.
Guest speaker: Jenn from the Snore Shop
Moncton local meeting
January 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Dr Daniel's office
Guest speaker is Dr. Karem on new ways to treat TMJ
Saint John Local Meeting
February 15, 2018 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Bown's Office
Fredericton local meeting
February 27, 2018 at 6 p.m.
at the Fredericton Dental Center, 1012 Prospect St.
Saint John Local Meeting  CANCELLED
March 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at West Side Sobeys 
Guest speaker:  Justin Lang from Sinclair Dental
Saint John Local Meeting
March 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at West Side Sobeys 
Guest speaker:  Justin Lang from Sinclair Dental
Fredericton Local Meeting
March 26, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Guest Speaker:  Taryn Deane, Naturopath on Stress & relationships.
Moncton Local Meeting
March 27, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. - Yoga class $5
Bhakti Yoga House - 1722 Main Street in Moncton
Saint John Local Meeting
April 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Side Sobeys
Guest speaker:  Dr. Colquhoun on "Outflow"
Saint John Local Meeting
May 2, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at KV Superstore
Cooking class
AGM in conjunction with NBDS
Beginning May 31 to June 2, 2018
at the Delta in Saint John
NBDAA AGM is Saturday, June 2, 2018
Executives & Directors
Past President
Vice President
Fredericton Representative
Saint John Representative
North Shore Representative
Member at Large
Moncton Representative
CDAA Representative
NBDS Representative
Office Coordinator
"Are you passionate about where your profession is headed?  Do you consider yourself a leader?  Do you have the ability to analyze information, establish productive relationships, and communicate effectively?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you could be a candidate for the NBDAA Board of Directors.  If you are curious, call us now at 532-9189 or Toll free: 1-866-530-9189 or simply send an email to bernioff@nb.sympatico.ca. We'd love to have you join our team!!!"
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