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New Brunswick Dental Assistants' Association des assistant(e)s dentaires du Nouveau-Brunswick
P.O. Box / C.P. 2095,  Richibucto, NB   E4W 5P2
e-mail:  bernioff@nb.sympatico.ca
Bernice Léger, Bilingual Office Coordinator
We want to challenge all dental assistants to use the words "I'm a certified dental assistant" instead of "I'm just a dental assistant".  Proudly be the professional, certified dental assistant that you are.
On February 1, 2019, the malpractice insurance increased by $1.00 per member.  NBDAA will continue to pay  this increase for its members.  All regular members have the malpractice insurance with their membership with a coverage of $2,000,000.
We have received very few surveys from NBDAA members.  It is very important that you take a few minutes to fill out and send to NBDAA.  This survey will help us to better serve you.  Please fill out and mail in the envelope provided.
NBDAA 2020 Membership renewals with CE points are due on or before OCTOBER 1, 2019
NBDS License renewals are due on or before
OCTOBER 31, 2019
6. (b) Fees for the renewal of registration of Certified Level II dental assistants must be received at the office of the Registrar on or before October 31st and if any Certified Level II dental assistant fails to pay any required fees, the Registrar shall forthwith remove his name from the Certified Level II dental assistants register. (June 2019)
(c) The license fees required to be paid to the Society by Certified Level II dental assistants shall be established from time to time by the membership at the annual or special meeting by resolution by the Board. (June 2019)
Mr. Dan Leger has proposed another change to Dental Assistants in regards to licensing timing.  A recommendation has been made to the New Brunswick Dental Society Board of Directors that:  Licensing and Association membership renewal for Dental Assistants be harmonized annually in the month of October.  FOR OCTOBER 2019 ONLY there will be a 17% discount on the fee because of the earlier renewal date.  We can have a discussion around this during our business meeting at the AGM.  Bernice and I will do our best to answer any questions you may have.
For five years now, the NBDAA offer two $500 scholarships to a student from New Brunswick attending a dental assisting program in Canada.  We are happy to introduce Clodie Breau, student at CCNB campus in Campbellton.  In the photo, left, Clodie and her teacher, Joanne Haché.  Congratulations!
Our second recipient of the $500 scholarship is Alyssa Kilcollins, student of Oulton College of Moncton (left) and her teacher, Heather Melvin (right).
In recognition of the dental assistants recognition week, 5 members from each local and 5 members provincially will receive a $25 gift.
Julie Alexander, Isabelle LeBlanc, Danika Allain, Julie Daigle & Hanna Player
Moncton local
Pam Brace, Joan Cormier, Danielle LeBlanc, Shanda Hopper, Brigitte Savoie (NB78)
Fredericton local
April MacDonald, Haley Trollope, Jessica Flynn, Danielle Brewer & Joanne Ecker
Saint John local
Lauren Kelly, Angela Deveau-Dubé, Kelly Barton, Lori Courser & Carolyn Davis
North Shore local
Amber McIntyre, Marie-Christine Arseneau, Sonia Durelle, Paula Blakey & Nadine Levesque
Upper Saint-John River Valley
Caroline Duguay, Renée Mulherin, Sandy Hébert, Bianka Madore & Erika Gallant Parise
Congratulations to the winners and have a great week!
Jan Cowper, Dental Assisting '90
Holland College Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Holland College Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize graduates who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in their communities and their industries on a local, national, or international level.  There recipients have brought great honour to Holland College and service as excellent examples for our current students.
The Award
Each honouree receives a Holland College Distinguished Alumni Award - a unique sculpture commissioned from local artist Peter Llewellyn.  This award is a blue heron carved from Prince Edward Island sandstone.
Jan Cowper
Jan has served her profession and community as a dedicated employee and volunteer for almost 30 years.  She has been employed in private practice, taught at Holland College, introduced and taught a Dental Reception course at the Atlantic Business College, and is currently the team leader of federal Programs for the Medical Authorization Centre-Dental for Medavie Blue Cross.
Jan was instrumental in the development and implementation of the National Dental Assisting Examination Board's clinical practice exam.  She is a facilitator for the Maritime provinces, and serves the National Dental Assisting Examination Board in both official languages.  Jan has been active in her professional association since graduation, and has held leadership positions in local, provincial, and national levels as the president of PEI Dental Assistants Association, the president of the NB Dental Assistants Association (NBDAA), and as the president of the Canadian Dental Assistants Association.
Jan received her 25-year service pin for active membership in the NBDAA.  She has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald Room at the Moncton City Hospital, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
In 2018, she participated in Harvard Business School's ManageMentor program for Medavie leaders, graduating as an Elite graduate.
Jan is married to Gary, who is serving in the military as a chaplain.  They have two adult children and a new grandson.
"We are very proud of you, Jan"
NBDAA's local telephone number has changed to (506)876-4662.
Greetings  Fellow Dental Assistants. Thought I would submit some photos that I took at BOO AT THE ZOO at Moncton Magnetic Hill Zoo in Mid-October/18.
I joined the Dental Assistant  and Dental Hygiene Oulton College students and helped distribute tooth brushes, floss threaders and toothpaste to the children who participated in BOO AT THE ZOO.
Hope you enjoy  and get a little chuckle.
The Saint John local is searching for a new President, Treasurer and Secretary.  If you are passionate about the dental assisting profession, a leader with a go get it attitude to help organize local meetings, we want to hear from you.
Contact Annette Kierstead or any other members of the board of directors.
With the new by-law no. 3-2 with NBDS.
If you have not been licensed with NBDS for several years, you only have the remaining of the year 2018 to be compliant and obtain your license again. 
With NBDAA, you will need to provide 12 continuing education points for each year that you were not a regular member.  If you lapsed 7 years, you need to provide 7 years x 12 CE/yr = 84 CE points.
The above option will no longer be available in 2019.  This is your chance to become compliant with the by-law and enjoy a long lasting career as a professional dental assistant.


 Certified Level II Dental Assistants:

• A fine in the amount of $125 payable to the New Brunswick Dental Society and publication in the NBDS Bulletin for the first offense;

• A fine in the amount of $175 payable to the New Brunswick Dental Society and publication in a newspaper for the second offense;

• The complaint be dealt with by the Discipline Committee for the third offense.

See details

A lapse of a license of over 3 years requires a recommendation from the Registrar and approval of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors prior to having a license re-issued.  The longer you are out of practice, the more stringent reentry into practice will become.
If you are licensed now or wish to be anytime in the future, you must maintain your 12 continuing education points annually throughout your career as a level II dental assistant.  For more information on licensure - see NBDS by-law 3-2.
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!
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.
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.
You may enroll in the Group Retirement Savings Plan by filling out the Pension plan Application form and returning it to the NBDAA office.

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.

Fredericton Local meeting
October 22, 2019 with speaker:  Dr. Parissa Bunin on Hormones
at 6 p.m. at the dental office at 1012 Prospect Street
Moncton Local meeting
October 22, 2019 @ 6pm
Location: Doc Braces
Speaker: Doug Stevens, Henry Schein - Dental Office Mechanics
North Shore local meeting
November 5, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m.  (2 CE pts)
Guest speakers:  Dr. Sahar-Jane Shearer on Pediatric dentistry and Natalie Thibeau-Rector from CMHA on Work-life balance
Newcastle Public Library, 100 Fountain Head Lane, Miramichi, NB  E1N 4A1
Moncton Local meeting
November 20, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Location: Doc Braces
Speaker: TBA - Other Opportunities for DA’s
Fredericton Local meeting
November 26, 2019 with speaker:  Lynne Theriault-Sehgal - Nurse Practitioner on Mental Health
at 6 p.m. at the dental office at 1012 Prospect Street
Moncton Local meeting
December 11, 2019 @ 6pm
Location: Oulton’s
Speaker: TBA - TMJ Massage
Fredericton Local meeting - No meeting in December 2019
Moncton Local meeting
January 21, 2020 @ 6:30pm
Location: TBA
Speaker: TBA - Missions Abroad
Fredericton Local meeting
January 28, 2020 with speaker:  Adrian McNaire - Alzheimers Association
at 6 p.m. at the dental office at 1012 Prospect Street
Moncton Local meeting
February 19, 2020 @ 6pm
Location: TBA
Speaker: TBA - Financial/Tax Planning
Fredericton Local meeting
February 25, 2020 with speaker:  TBA
at 6 p.m. at the dental office at 1012 Prospect Street
Moncton Local meeting
March - Possibly Ronald McDonald House
Fredericton Local meeting
March 24, 2020 with speaker:  TBA
at 6 p.m. at the dental office at 1012 Prospect Street
Moncton Local meeting
April 15, 2020 @ 6pm
Location: Oulton’s
Speaker: Dr Papodoplus & Table Clinics
Fredericton Local meeting
April 28, 2020 with speaker:  TBA
at 6 p.m. at the dental office at 1012 Prospect Street
2020 NBDAA AGM in Miramichi
Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Rodd Inn
1809 Water Street, Miramichi, NB  E1N 1B2
More details to come.
2021 NBDAA AGM in Fredericton, NB
2022 NBDAA AGM in Saint John, NB
Executives & Directors
Past President
Vice President
Fredericton Representative
Saint John Representative
NBDS Representative
Moncton Representative
CDAA Representative
North Shore Representative
Office Coordinator
Bernice Léger
"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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