A message from the President and Board of the William J. Spence
ICD Memorial Foundation, The 2014 activities
Dear Fellows and Life Fellows of the International College of Dentists (Canada sect. 2): I am pleased to make this 2014 activities report on behalf of the “Spence Foundation” to the membership of ICD Canada.
Because our members continue to contribute to this charitable fund each year, in 2014 the Board was able to recommend that six worthy projects be funded for a total of $31,000 & with minimal draw on our reserve funds.
At the Annual Council meeting in Vancouver in March 2014, the grant application was modified to better explain our usual criteria. Funds granted to humanitarian projects are for funding of only equipment and supplies, and it is understood that the volunteers who render the dental services usually cover their own expenses, since we do not cover salaries or travel. These then, are truly dental humanitarian projects for indigent local populations, which the volunteers provide. The management of each project is solely under the control of the parent organization, all of which are registered under the Canadian Charities Directorate.
In addition, the ICD supports a student award in the amount of $1000, to each of our ten Canadian dental faculties, for a student entering the last year of their program and who has demonstrated scholarship, participation, support for fellow students and other criteria. It is hoped that with these qualities as a dentist, he or she could become a future Fellow of ICD. The six Projects managed by dental humanitarian organizations, with principal applicant, to which the WJ Spence Memorial ICD Foundation awarded grants in 2014 were:
1. Portable (Ottawa) Dental Service (PODS) who operate a clinic for disadvantaged mothers and children in that city by applicant Fellow Tom Harle.
2. Cross Church (Logan Ave., Winnipeg), has taken over sponsorship of a long-term project, “The Village of Hope – dental clinic” for supplies in Kitwee, Zambia, managed by Fellow Aaron Kim.
3. Speroway Canada, has for the eleventh trip, helped to manage the comprehensive dental care portion of a humanitarian project which, by mentoring with local dentists provides dental aid for more than 800 dental patients, and is organized by Fellow Jack Cottrell of Port Perry, ON. The group provides food, clothing and medicine as well as the before mentioned dental care in Guatemala, South America.
4. MedOutreach is a new application for our funding for dental humanitarian aid to Children for Children’s Future (CCF) street children at a Dental Clinic in Magira, near Kilimanjero, Tanzania, South Africa. Mr. Jeremy Goldberg applied on behalf of a group of eight students who, while they are on summer break from dental school at University of Western Ontario, will be treating young HIV/AIDS-effected patients.
5. Semiahmoo Philippines is operated out of UBC in Vancouver for the fifth year and is managed by Fellow Ken Stones and 5-6 dentists, with a large team of volunteers. This last time they travelled to the village of San Juan (Siquijor, Philippines). School children and their teachers are the focus of the follow-up dental clinic. A second team plans to visit a village on the other side of the Island of Larena this year as well.
6. Semiahmoo Dental Outreach Team to Peru, is planning for April 2015 to go to Iquitos, Peru, with a large team again, including three final year dental students. Based on Fellow Ken Stones’ past outreach trips (Siquijor, Philippines 2012 and 2013, Cambodia 2013, Vietnam 2014
The above Funds have traditionally been raised by annual donations from Fellows of the College and its benefactors. The Foundation also thanks those Fellows who have purchased items from the Tartan committee, specifically Deputy Regent Carol Martin as chief-in-charge, for the generous donation to the Foundation. Please visit our ICD website for news from the Tartan Committee, past student awards report and news of the past projects:
For Fellows who have made charitable contributions in the past, “The Foundation” thanks you and hopes you will continue or will increase your contribution this year.
Fellows who have not contributed in past years, I would encourage you to consider this fund for a worthy area in which to make a charitable contribution for your support of scholarship and humanitarian projects.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the William J. Spence ICD Memorial Foundation, Life Fellow Bill Christie, President.