2020 has been an incredible first year for the Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health. What we achieved is remarkable considering the challenges faced in 2020 due to the pandemic and all its consequences. Let me start by thanking and congratulating our dedicated and enthusiastic board for their tremendous effort this past year.
The accomplishments that this small group has managed to achieve is nothing short of remarkable.
From that first meeting late in 2019, between Dr. Friedman, Dr. Ari and myself, it’s hard to believe where we are at this time only one year later. Both Dr. Friedman and Dr. Ari are Past Presidents of the iADH and have brought years of experience to our fledgling Society. I’m not really sure what I was hoping for with regard to numbers when it comes to membership, but I have to admit that our membership for 2020 of 74 dues paying members and 178 student members from all over Canada and beyond our borders is something I am really quite proud of.
The challenge and the work that need to be done in maintaining, and making sure this membership continues to grow, will be something that requires all our efforts, together.
Through the combined efforts of Dr. Timucin Ari and his colleague Kaan Sehri we were able to make our csdh.ca web site active and offer several features for anyone to access. The addition of our Resources link, for active members, features multiple links pertaining to dealing with people with special needs.
The Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health recognizes that its vision of universal access to empathetic, compassionate, and dignified oral healthcare for those with special needs is one that is shared by many in Canada and elsewhere. As such, the CSDH Board of Directors and officers fully embrace a collaborative approach to connect and support students, educators, practitioners, caregivers and organizations to help achieve this shared vision. Through education, mentorship, networking, and advocacy, CSDH is committed to not duplicating the important work of others, but rather to serve as a synergistic partner that strives to interconnect and contribute collectively toward our shared goal and vision for those with intellectual disabilities and other special needs. The collaborative efforts that have been made by CSDH through Partnership Initiatives in 2020 may be best summarized by the following quote. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” by Henry Ford
In 2020, all members of the CSDH board connected by email, telephone, and virtual video meetings with numerous entities to listen and learn from others and begin to identify shared opportunities to make a difference. To date, meetings have been held or are scheduled with:
The significant number of webinars and forums produced are available on our website and others that can be accessed through the CDA oasis web site.It goes without saying that the efforts of Dr. John O’Keefe from the CDA in helping produce some of our webinars were supportive, instructive, and appreciated.
Dr. Chantel Czerednikow, one of our board members was the host of many of these webinars and forums. With her knowledge and compassion, she was able to make these virtual presentations meaningful and useful for anyone involved in the care people with special needs.
Our entire Board was thrilled to learn, and I am personally delighted to report that “the recipient of this year’s James G. Wright Award, named in memory of an inspiring and beloved community leader, mentor, and first President of the McGill Young Alumni Association, was Dr. Chantal Czerednikow, DMD’13, Cert in Gen Prac Residency ’14, [one of our Board members]. Dr. Czerednikow fits this description to a tee. She exemplifies this resilience and strength of character through her work in the community employing a specialized approach to treating underserved patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and as an educator inspiring the next generation of dental professionals to continue working towards building a healthier future for all.” (McGill Alumni News, Dec. 2020)
We are well on our way to finalizing our bylaws (which have been distributed to the membership in DRAFT format). Utilizing a framework adapted from the IADH bylaws, it has been our goal to modify these to meet the needs of our Canadian national landscape relative to dealing with oral health care and treatment for people with special needs. Dr. Romanson’s wealth of knowledge in this area was instrumental in getting this document off the ground and bringing it to its current form.
The strategic plan for the organization is equally well underway and after many hours of groundwork by the entire board and with the assistance of a special consultant, Ms. Barbara Rand, we now have a series of strategic goals that will be formulated into specific objectives aligned with both short- and long-term action plans.
With the development of criteria for our standing committees, our next challenge is to engage you, our membership, in active participation in the work of these committees.
I urge all of you to consider participating in committee work of the CSDH. Review the criteria. Connect with the current Chairperson and find out how you can make a difference.
Along these lines I will continue to communicate with all of you. I encourage those of you who have not renewed your membership for 2021 to consider doing so to keep our organization strong, meaningful, and supportive on behalf of all people in Canada with special needs. In the same manner, I feel it is incumbent on all members, given their interest and participation in our society to “spread the word”.
Let us show the world what we in Canada can really accomplish when we work as one.
Dr. Olaf Plotzke
President’s 2020 Year-end Message (Version française ci-dessous)
Dear CSDH member,
As we near the close of what has been a very interesting and challenging year, I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on the society’s 2020 activities.
I know many of us are extremely busy, hard pressed to find time to review the volume of professional information disseminated through our networks, and I appreciate your continued investment in the society.
We have come a long way this year - revising our bylaws, finalizing our policies, and working through our strategic plan. Our incredible board continues to produce engaging webinars, brochures, and forms in collaboration with the CDA. We are also building strong partnerships with Special Olympics, educational institutions and organizations such as the CDHA and CASDA.
In the coming weeks we will be preparing a summary of our activities for the annual general meeting, which will include financial statements and the draft of the strategic plan to be considered by the members at this meeting.
I encourage all of you to review the website to learn more about our activities and member resources.
The entire board has worked tirelessly to shape the society into the organization it is today.
Despite a year of unprecedented challenges, we are proud of what we have accomplished.
We will be reaching out to all of you soon to share opportunities to participate in society operations, and the various committees that we have established. This information will be available on our website before the end of the year.
Please consider renewing your membership to our society. Look for a follow-up email with membership renewal instructions.
I would also encourage those of you that have graduated from your educational programs to consider becoming full members, with the extra benefit of becoming members of the iADH at no extra cost.
Please allow me to extend my thanks for your support of our unique organization.
I wish you all a healthy and meaningful holiday season, however you choose and are able to celebrate.
Chers membres de la CSDH,
À l’approche d’une fin d’année qui s’est avérée à la fois très intéressante et pleines de défis, je voulais prendre quelques minutes pour vous mettre à jour au niveau des différentes activités de 2020 au sein de notre société.
Je sais que la plupart d’entre vous êtes extrêmement occupés, toujours à la recherche de temps pour mettre à jour la quantité importante d’informations professionnelles disséminées à travers nos réseaux. C’est pourquoi j’apprécie votre contribution et votre continuel intérêt envers notre société.
Nous avons bien évolué cette année que ce soit au niveau de la révision de notre régie interne et de nos politiques ou du développement de notre plan stratégique. Notre incroyable conseil d’administration continue de produire de la formation en ligne engageante ainsi que des brochures et des formulaires en collaboration avec l’Association Dentaire Canadienne. Nous établissons également de partenariats avec les Olympiques spéciaux, les établissements d’enseignement et les organisations comme CDHA et CASDA.
Dans les prochaines semaines, nous allons préparer un sommaire de nos activités pour l’Assemblée générale annuelle, vous y retrouverez les états financiers et une ébauche de notre plan stratégique que nous présenterons aux membres présents.
Je vous encourage tous à explorer notre site web pour en apprendre davantage sur nos activités et les différentes ressources disponibles pour nos membres.
Le conseil d’administration a fait un travail admirable afin de bâtir la société en l’organisation qu’elle est aujourd’hui. Malgré une année peu commune, nous pouvons être fiers de ce que nous avons accomplis.
Nous vous contacterons prochainement afin de sollicités votre intérêt à participer aux opérations de la société à travers les différents comités que nous avons créés. Cette information sera disponible sur notre site web d’ici la fin de l’année.
Nous espérons que vous renouvellerez votre adhésion à notre société une fois de plus. Soyez à l’affût d’un courriel à ce sujet indiquant les instructions à suivre.
J’encourage tous ceux qui sont nouvellement gradués de leur programme d’étude à devenir membre à part entière et ainsi adhérer à IADH sans frais supplémentaire.
Permettez-moi de vous remercier pour votre soutien envers notre organisation unique.
Je vous souhaite un bon temps des Fêtes en santé, peu importe la façon avec laquelle vous aurez choisie ou serez en mesure de célébrer.
Président de la CSDH
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