A message from the President and Board of the
William J. Spence ICD Memorial Foundation, 2020
Dear Fellows and Life Fellows of the International College of Dentists (Canada sect.2):
I am pleased to make this report again on behalf of the “Spence Foundation” to the membership of ICD Canada. It would be an understatement to say that this year of COVID-19 has been unique and a challenge for us all, as well as for the Spence Foundation. As per usual, the Board met in January 2020 and evaluated, then approved four worthy applications for humanitarian dental missions. All were found to be within our mandate of awarding grant funds for dental supplies and equipment to our budgeted amount.
Nonetheless, with the declaration of a world pandemic in March 2020, three of those humanitarian missions had to be cancelled. The mission by Health Action to Rio Dulce in Guatemala in February was successfully completed and all members returned safely to Toronto. It may be a few years before similar dental missions to South America, Africa and the Philippines can proceed, with volunteer staff as before.
In past years, The Foundation has sponsored applications for supplies and dental equipment to charitable dental clinics, which are closer to home in Canada, and would be amenable to considering other such applications for funding. The Board will continue to function and adapt within its mandate, as we have all had to do in these trying times. Worthy projects with little or no funding may still apply using our ICD web-page application.
For Fellows who have made charitable contributions in the past, “The Foundation” thanks you. The Foundation hopes that our Fellows and benefactors will continue or will increase their contribution this year, again. 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 dental projects.
William H. (Bill) Christie, Life Fellow,
President of “The Spence Foundation”.