Toll free: 1-866-530-9189 within NB

Tel: 506-876-4662     Fax: (506) 532-3635
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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
The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam, has put out an urgent request for volunteers to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic:
There is an urgent need for people to help augment capacity at provincial and territorial levels for surveillance and monitoring of COVID-19 cases. More specifically, they need assistance in detailed case reporting/analysis and contact tracing to help to quickly identify cases and break chains of transmission by isolating and monitoring close contacts.
Anyone interested in contributing to the COVID-19 response should complete the following Government of Canada online application form at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals.html?topic=tilelink
If you have questions, please contact hc.covidvolunteer-benevolecovid.sa@canada.ca directly.
Application deadline is April 24, 2020.
The Bill to enact the response to COVID-19 received Royal Assent and is now law.  Given the income loss many of your members are experiencing due to COVID-19, it is important that they receive information on what benefits are available to support them during this difficult time.
Among many supports for Canadians, the new Act provides new benefits for workers, now referred to as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or CERB.
Specifically, these are the parameters of the new benefit:
Will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:
  • workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.
Canadian Mental Health Association:

https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health Assistance with how to respond to employee anxiety about the pandemic; how to navigate pandemic-related anxiety;

resources and contact information for your local mental health association:

Resources from the Conference Board of Canada:

https://www.conferenceboard.ca/insights/covid-19 FREE Videos providing information on mental health and COVID-19

Centre for Addition and Mental Health:
http://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19 Resources and guidance to help manage anxiety and stress, stigma and prejudice during a pandemic and quarantine
In recognition of the dental assistants recognition week, 5 members from each local and 5 members provincially will receive a $25 gift.
Lauren Ryan, Christine Jardine, Ashley Coughlin, Isabelle Bérubé, Mélissa St-Amand
Moncton local
Joleigh Dutcher, Janette Matheson, Lana Harrison, Justine Young, Jessica O'Donnell
Fredericton local
Hanna Player, Holly Perley, Erika Yeomans, Rachel Beaver, Elizabeth O'Donnell
Saint John local
Suzanne Caines, Tammy Norrad, Elisha Weaver, Tara Davenport, Florinda Smyrl
North Shore local
Nadine Levesque, Véronique O'Brien, Catherine Sealy, Tobi Trask, Wendy Sullivan
Upper Saint-John River Valley
Amy Lapointe, Melissa Watson, Véronik Haché-Lanteigne, Noémie Sirois, Caroline Duguay
Congratulations to the winners and have a great week!


The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), is please to bring you the 21st Anniversary of the International Repetitive Injury Awareness Day Webinar.  For 21 years we have worked to increase the awareness and prevention work-related injuries and illnesses.  This year we are partnering with the OHCOW Sudbury’s Local Advisory Committee to bring you a full day event.  This year’s theme is “What is a Worker’s Life Worth?”   Please join us for this free event.  Space in the audience is limited to 100 people while online it is limitless.  The link to the agenda and registration is below.  Deadline for registration is February 25, 2020.

Friday February 28th, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
Trevor Schell BSc MSc CCPE
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc.
84 Cedar Street, Second Floor
Sudbury, ON P3E 1A5
Tel: (705) 523-2330
Fax: (705) 523-2606
TollFree : 1-877-817-0336 x2431
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.
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.

Moncton Local meeting - CANCELLED
April 15, 2020 @ 6pm
Location: Oulton’s
Speaker: Dr Papodoplus & Table Clinics
Fredericton Local meeting- CANCELLED
April 28, 2020 with speaker:  Dr. Fagen - Periodontist
at 6 p.m. at the dental office at 1012 Prospect Street
2020 NBDAA AGM in Miramichi- CANCELLED
Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Rodd Inn
1809 Water Street, Miramichi, NB  E1N 1B2
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
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