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 Dental Officer of Canada has shared the following user notices with Canada’s national oral health organizations:
From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), tips and visual aids on how to identify counterfeit respirators (masks):
I understand these are sourced from the US, however, many products are similarly designated as counterfeit in Canada.
Given the impact COVID-19 is having on all industries across Canada, insurance companies are offering relief measures for their clients.  CDAA’s Group Benefits’ provider, Prolink Insurance, is offering the attached discount to CDAA members who participate in the CDAA Group Benefits Health and Dental plan.   Participants in the plan were to have received the attached document after April 30, 2020. 
Discounts will be applied to May and June premiums (as a retroactive credit for April and May 2020).  What remains to be determined, is if these discounts will continue beyond May.  Potential discounts going forward will be evaluated by Prolink Insurance and will be based upon future distancing regulations imposed across the country. Prolink Insurance will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate with CDAA as necessary. 
If you have specific questions about the benefits, please contact Prolink’s Life and Benefits Team.


On March 17, 2020 the NBDS issued a strong recommendation to its members and the public (including the province of New Brunswick and the malpractice insurer) that dentistry was restricted to emergency care.

On March 19, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick issued a mandatory order restricting dentistry to emergencies.

As of 2:30 pm today, the Province of New Brunswick confirms that upon confirmation of an Operational Plan by the NBDS, that dentistry will no longer be restricted to emergencies.    

NBDS’s Operational Plan is scheduled for translation and circulation on Sunday May 10th, 2020.

NBDS’s Operational Plan is our new standard of practice and must implemented in each clinic prior to any return to practice.  Given the many new standards of practice that you will be required to implement as the “new normal” it has been determined that you will be restricted to emergency care until May 13, 2020.  You should further know that you will be required to certify your compliance with NBDS’ Operational Plan by May 13, 2020 (otherwise restrictions will remain).

Today’s announcement is good news for our province and the profession. 

Be aware that the public, staff, Province of New Brunswick, and the malpractice insurer will be provided with NBDS’s Operational Plan and advised that the dentistry is still restricted to emergency until each clinic can confirm its ability to comply with new practice standards.  

Dan Leger,
Friday, May 8, 2020

On March 17, 2020 the New Brunswick Dental Society (NBDS) issued a strong recommendation to its members and the public that dentistry was restricted to emergency care.

On March 19, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick issued a mandatory order restricting dentistry to emergency and essential services only.

As of 2:30 pm today, the Province of New Brunswick confirmed that upon confirmation of an Operational Plan, that dentistry will no longer be restricted to emergencies.  The NBDS has developed an operational plan that complements the provincial plan, and which must be adhered to by its members.

“The NBDS Operational Plan is our new standard of practice and must be implemented in each clinic prior to any return to practice” says Dr Joy Carmichael, President of the NBDS.  “We will be placing a strong emphasis in the early stages, on physical distancing and on the importance of dealing with the backlog of patients who have been unable to receive full dental care in the past seven weeks.”, says Dr Carmichael.

Members will need to prepare for a return to work and comply with this new operating plan and for this reason dental offices will not be open until Wednesday May 13, 2020.

Today’s announcement is good news for our province and for dental patients.

Paul Blanchard

Executive Director

New Brunswick Dental Society



The Chief Dental Officer of Canada has shared the following information with Canada’s national oral health organizations.
This rapid review of international sources on the Recommendations for the Re-opening of Dental Services in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic collates and summarises recommendations from the various international sources identified within five themes relevant to the re-opening of dental services: 1. practice preparation,
         2. personal protective equipment,
         3. management of the clinical area,
         4. dental procedures, and
         5. cleaning and disinfection.
The review is not guidance. Given that the world has only really known about COVID-19 for about 120 days, robust evidence is scarce. However, this review is intended to assist policy and decision-makers in producing national guidance for their own settings.  
Canada’s CDO is a contributor. 
An interesting read that may provide useful information for any discussions you may have with regulators/governments in your respective jurisdictions, as provinces begin to ease restrictions.
Then, click at: Read the rapid review here.
I have been advised that there will be regular updates to this review, so I invite you to check this link going forward.
This article from CBC includes some good information for workers who will be returning to work as provinces begin to ease restrictions.
The lawyer quoted in the CBC article also has some important information/FAQs on his firm’s website that may also be of interest to your members.
Please see a roll-up of open-sourced studies/articles related to “Ambient Air Filtration for Viruses in Dental Spaces” as pulled together from the University of Manitoba’s MHIKNET - Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library.   This was originally posted to the NBDAA’s website, but once I became aware of this, I thought it may be of interest to DAs across Canada as well.
Also, below is a link from the University of Toronto with links to studies and publications that may also be of interest to your members.
Scholarly Resources on COVID-19 for Dental Practitioners and Researchers
CDAA has rolled up a listing of the most recent updated guidelines that have been published from around the country regarding the easement of restrictions in response to COVID-19
New Brunswick
COVID-19 Guidance for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting – April 29, 2020:  https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/PrimaryCareProvidersCommunitySetting.pdf
*note: as of May 3, 2020 NB has entered its 3rd week with no new COVID-19 cases and all positive cases have recovered.
A rapid qualitative evidence synthesis that may be of interest to members, which was just published last week to inform on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barriers and facilitators to healthcare workers’ adherence with infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases: a rapid qualitative evidence synthesis.
Houghton  C, Meskell  P, Delaney  H, Smalle  M, Glenton  C, Booth  A, Chan  XHS, Devane  D, Biesty  LM.  
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD013582. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013582.
Statistics Canada has launched an online survey with the purpose of providing early insight into the educational, employment and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary students.   This may be of interest to your student members.  In the survey, which will take approximately 5 minutes to complete, students will be asked about concerns regarding their academic future, and the financial strain of paying for tuition, rent and other expenses as a result of the pandemic. This information will be used by governments and other organizations to evaluate the need for services and assistance programs to support postsecondary students during and after the pandemic.
Please share broadly.  Deadline to respond to the survey is May 1, 2020.
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.
In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, insurance providers across Canada are offering a suite of relief measures to their clients who have been impacted.  In particular, for those clients whose driving habits have changed significantly, companies are offering reductions in auto insurance premiums to reflect this reduced risk as people work from home or have experienced a work stoppage.  As well, for those who are facing financial hardship, insurance premiums may be deferred.  It is recommended that individuals contact their insurance representative to determine what consumer relief measures are available to them.
Below are the relief measures offered by the major insurance providers across Canada in relation to COVID-19:
The Personal/La Personnelle - https://www.thepersonal.com/covid-19-en
The Co-Operators - https://www.cooperators.ca/
Members who wish to apply for relief measures, please contact the insurance provider directly for an assessment.
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.
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
2021 NBDAA AGM in Miramichi
2022 NBDAA AGM in Fredericton, NB
2023 NBDAA AGM in Saint John, NB
Executives & Directors
President by interim
Past President
Vice President
Fredericton Representative
Saint John Representative
NBDS Representative
Member at Large
Moncton Representative
CDAA Representative
North Shore Representative
Office Coordinator
Bernice Léger
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