• 4 May 2020 10:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Dr Clarke,

    I hope this email finds you well.

    In addition to being Editor of the European Section -Section

    V of the International College of Dentistry, I have remained active in
    different aspects of dentistry following retirement as a full time clinical
    academic. One of my activities is assisting my wife, a retired consultant
    dental surgeon, in her role as Honorary Curator of the British Dental
    Association Museum. My present project on behalf of the Museum is creating an
    archive of dental neckties.

    Dental neckties, in common with all forms of ties are going

    out of fashion, with many individuals now wearing a tie at formal occasions
    only. Dental ties, including dental school-, academy-, college-, society-,
    sports team and club ties etc are believed to date back to the early 1920s. Since
    that time hundreds of different dental ties, including dental novelty ties, are
    believed to have been produced around the world. To date, the British Dental Association
    Museum Dental Tie Archive, which is an important addition to the Museum’s
    extensive and professionally maintained collection of dental archives, includes
    just over 100 different dental ties, each with a provenance relevant to the
    last hundred years of the history of dentistry. I am anxious to substantially
    increase the number of ties in the unique Archive before many, irreplaceable,
    now unworn dental ties are discarded.

    I would be most grateful if, in your capacity as Editor/Webmaster

    for Section II-Canada of the ICD, you could reach out to the Fellows in your
    Section to ask them to donate whatever dental ties they can bare parting with/
    would be pleased to see cleared out of their wardrobe to the British Dental
    Association Museum Dental Tie Archive. It is most helpful if donations to the Archive
    are identify in a covering note or by
    means of labels before being mailed to me c/o the British Dental Association
    Museum, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS, UK. In growing the Archive, it
    would be excellent to make it much more international, including the addition
    of as many dental ties as possible from Canada, including any ICD Canada ties,
    past or present.

    I will look forward to the possibility of adding Canadian

    dental ties to the colourful, history rich Archive. Donors will have their name
    added to the list of donors to the Archive. All donations will be acknowledged.

    Your assistance in my quest to bring together a unique

    global collection of dental ties will be greatly appreciated.

    In the meantime, keep well and keep safe in these unprecedented


    With very best wishes,

    Nairn Wilson

    Professor Nairn H F Wilson CBE DSc(h.c.) DDent (h.c.) FDS FFGDP FFD FKC

    Emeritus Professor of Dentistry, Chair College of General Dentistry

    +44 (0)7815 997 086 nairn.wilson@btinternet.com

    1 Oak Park, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, UK, SK9 7GS

  • 25 Apr 2020 10:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Gala and Convocation in Winnipeg in conjunction with the MDA and CDA have been canceled due to the Covid pandemic.  The venues themselves are closed as well.  For more information, please contact Registrar-Treasurer Gordon Thompson ( icdgwthompson@gmail.com).

  • 25 Apr 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new 2020 Newsletter has a new format!  Follow the link below to the News feature.  Comments are welcome and encouraged.


  • 24 Apr 2020 11:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with deep regret that we announce the death of our esteemed Past President (2018-2019) Patti Grassick on March 13th.  Many of you will remember her courageous presence at our meetings and Convocation in Saskatoon.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to her husband George and their family.

  • 31 Mar 2020 11:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Showing the ICD colours!

  • 25 Feb 2020 11:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Regent Lisa Bentley issues an invitation to all Fellows to join District 5 for their ICD Luncheon on May 8, 2020 from 12:00 to 2:30 pm.  Lisa’s email is  lisa_bentley@msn.com

    See her message below.

    Can we send out an invitation to all ICD Canadian members inviting them to our ICD Luncheon if they are in Toronto attending ASM. All they have to do is send me their email and I will send out an invitation for through Eventbrite

    You are invited to the following event:

    International College of Dentists Luncheon

      Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

    Friday, May 8, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

    Harbour 60 Toronto
    60 Harbour Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 1B7
    View Map


    Event registration is by invitation only. Register with your email address to attend this event.
    Please join us for an afternoon of gourmet fare, fine wines and fellowship at one of Toronto’s premiere, award winning  steakhouses, Harbour 60.  Wine for this event is being generously donated by Tier 3.  Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

    In Fellowship,

    Dr. Lisa Bentley, ICD Regent

    We hope you can make it!

  • 31 Jan 2020 11:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Montreal student Marie-Claude Bourgeois receives the ICD Student Award from Dean Shahrokh Esfandiari.

  • 15 Jan 2020 11:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Atlantic Region Regent Eric Hatfield died unexpectedly while travelling home from the NDEB examinations where he had served the profession.  Eric had an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm according to reports.  His loss diminishes all of us and the profession as he believed that service to his profession was important and he did so enthusiastically, serving on the Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authority Federation. 

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife Joy and their family on this tragic loss.

    Click here to make a donation in Eric’s memory
  • 1 Dec 2019 12:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    10th Anniversary of Sources Volunteer Dental Clinic

    Oct 22nd, 2019

    The Sources Volunteer Dental Clinic celebrates its 10th Anniversary this October!

    Located in the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, the one-chair unit in ‘the little clinic that could’ has helped approximately 3,000 people regain their smile and dental health.

    The Volunteer Dental Clinic is in the Weatherby Pavilion at Peace Arch Hospital

    The Dental Clinic was originally established in 1998 to look after geriatric patients in long-term care. It wasn’t until 2009 that the community outreach initiative was incorporated, and SOURCES (then Peace Arch Community Services) took on its administration.

    Dr. Ken Stones kickstarted the community outreach arm 11 years ago, which eventually became known as the Sources Volunteer Dental Clinic. He was volunteering at a non-profit-run dental clinic in Abbotsford one day when it struck him there was a suitable space in his community hospital.

    “I realized that the PAH dental clinic was available two to three days per week, and thought, why not make use of that time to help people in the community who struggle to afford or access dental care?”

    It took a year to pull everything together, and once it was ready, the “Free Clinic” opened to community members with barriers to dental care. The first patient was treated in October 2009, Dr. Stones recalls, as he himself was one of the first volunteer dentists.

    It hasn’t been a journey without challenge. A serious time-commitment to fund-raising activities was required to keep the clinic operational.

    “We have had to cease certain services, and came close to shutting down at one point,” Dr. Stones said. “Without adequate funding or volunteer dentists, we would have had to stop operating.”

    How often clients can be booked in for appointments also depends on the schedules of volunteer dentists who make themselves available.

    “Right now, we’re lucky if it’s twice a week, though we can access the clinic three times a week,” Dr. Stones said. “Currently, we have a core group of about eight volunteer dentists, but that number has fluctuated to as low as four. Ideally, we would have 20 regular volunteers who might do a shift (4 hours) once every two months. Six times a year is all we ask.”

    Thankfully, there is community support, most recently in the form of two key grants. One was from the provincial government and allowed the Volunteer Clinic to upgrade their older equipment which dated back to 1998! The other was a 3-year grant in May of 2018 from the PAH Foundation which secures operations of our Clinic during that time.

    Dr. Ken Stones

    However, Dr. Stones hopes to see it run well into the future, so the search for funding – as well as volunteer dentists – continues. Though this has been one of his passion projects, after 50 years of professional dentistry, he is feeling ready to pass on the torch. He hopes more dentists will consider donating their time and skills to this most rewarding work.

    “Once, I had a patient who used to always hide their mouth – but, now, after coming here, they’re smiling all the time. Sometimes people are so touched they are in tears. For some, this means now being able to apply for a job, because they’ve regained their smile. Volunteering here, getting people treated and looked after, is very fulfilling work.”

    Thank you to the generous funders who have supported the Volunteer Dental Clinic over the last decade! We are able to take away pain and give people back their smiles because of you.

    Special acknowledgments to:

    Peace Arch Hospital Foundation
    Judy Freeman and John Hitchcock
    Semiahmoo Rotary Club
    The Block Family Foundation
    Other Foundations and White Rock Rotary Clubs

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