Posted by Bernice Leger on Feb 26, 2019
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"