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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
 
Bernice Léger Daigle, Bilingual Office Coordinator
 
 
   
 
Stories
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Factors, Realities, Experiences of Employment as a Dental Assistant in Canada
 
The Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association (CDAA) and the Canadian Dental Association have partnered to develop a survey that examines the factors, realities and experiences of employment as a dental assistant in Canada. 
 
All dental assistants in Canada are being invited to participate in the survey. The results will help to inform on the supply of, demand for and the recruitment and retention of dental assistants in Canada.
 
The survey will also assist CDAA in developing resources and materials and will support the development of partnerships with other organizations that can contribute to addressing the needs of dental assistants in Canada.
 
The information you provide through the survey will remain confidential. The data will be summarized and no names or identifying information will be used in any publications or presentations.
 
We recognize that your time is valuable, and we appreciate your participation.
 
Participation in the survey is completely voluntary, but we hope you see the benefit of participating.
 
The survey will take under 10 minutes to complete.
 
We would appreciate it if you could complete the survey before March 30, 2019.
 
When you are ready to complete the survey, please click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CC8TP2P
 
Note: If you encounter any problems accessing or completing the online survey please direct your questions to Ms. Yvonne James at yjame033@uottawa.ca
 
If you have any questions about the survey in general, please contact:
 
Stephanie Mullen-Kavanagh, Executive Director - Directrice générale
Canadian Dental Assistants Association/ Association canadienne des assistant(e)s dentaires
1-800-345-5137
 
 
In recognition of the dental assistants recognition week, 5 members from each local and 5 members provincially will receive a $25 gift.
 
NBDAA
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.

STANDARD REGULATORY RESPONSE FOR UNLICENSED DENTAL AUXILIARIES

 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.

 
Events
Moncton Local meeting
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6 p.m. at DocBraces
Guest speaker:  Mac!  Maritime Assistance Canines
 
Moncton Local meeting
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Oulton Students' Table top presentations
at Oulton College Dental Education Center at 5 Pacific Ave
 
NBDAA AGM
Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
at the Four Points Hotel in Moncton
Registrations must be received by May 1, 2019
 
Executives & Directors
President
 
Past President
 
Vice President
 
Fredericton Representative
Saint John Representative
North Shore Representative
 
Member at Large
 
Moncton Representative
 
CDAA Representative
 
NBDS Representative
 
Office Coordinator
Bernice Léger Daigle
 
"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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