Canadian Awards & Induction Ceremony 2018

The Canadian Awards and Induction ceremony was held August 24, 2018 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, in spectacular Prince Edward Island. Dr. Alf Dean, our Atlantic provinces section chair, was responsible for the organization of the event and he did an outstanding job as he always does. Thank-you Alf!

Georgian Ballroom & Terrace


It was my pleasure to welcome the PFA fellows, student scholarship recipients and Honorary Fellows to this event. I reminded the Fellows that they truly are the leaders of our dental profession and that it was this leadership that brought them into the family of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Jerry Dushkin, Canadian Trustee

The event was a fabulous success with about 125 attendees. All the who’s who of Canadian dentistry were present. Among the many VIP’s in attendance were Dr. Cheri Newman, president elect, PFA International, Dr. Kevin Roach past president of both PFA and PFA Foundation and Dr. Barry Dolman PFA Canadian Chairman.

Drs. Dushkin, Newman, Roach, Dolman

Dr. Lisa Bentley, our Ontario section co-chair, honored us with the invocation.

Dr. Lisa Bentley

Our international president elect, Dr. Cheri Newman brought us international greetings and spoke about the academy.

Dr. Cheri Newman

Dr. Mitch Taillon, President of the Canadian Dental Association and the Western provinces section chair, had the honor and privilege of presenting the 2018 Distinguished Dentist Citation to Dr. Deborah Stymiest. This award is presented during an appropriate ceremony to an individual dentist for “Outstanding Contributions to the Art and Science of Dentistry.”

Drs. Newman, Taillon, Stymiest, Dushkin, Dolman

Dr. Alf Dean, Atlantic Provinces section chair and Tom Raddall both heaped praise upon Don Pamenter, the 2018 recipient of Honorary Fellowship. Unfortunately, Don was unable to attend, and Tom accepted the award on his behalf.

Honorary Fellowship in our Academy is bestowed upon an individual who has made a valuable contribution to the advancement of the Art and Science of Dentistry or to the Academy. Upon nomination to the Awards Committee of the Academy, Honorary Membership may be bestowed upon an individual with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

Drs. Newman, Dushkin. Tom Raddall for Don Pamenter. Drs. Dean, Dolman


Dr. Kevin Roach, a past International PFA president and past president of the Foundation, presented the Foundation Student Scholarships with a value of $1000 each. This Student Scholarship is given annually by the Oral Health Foundation of PFA to a third-year student leader in each of the ten Dental Faculties

The recipients were:
Francesca Julia Abdul Nour Université de Montréal
Ling-Yi Chen University of British Columbia
Erin Goertzen University of Toronto
Aparna Narvekar McGill University
Félix Potvin Université Laval
Natalie Rosenthal University of Manitoba
Arleen Schmidt University of Alberta
Christopher ven der Buhs University of Saskatchewan
Andrei Zaharia Western University
Kellie Zelmer Dalhousie University

Dr. Barry Dolman, our Canadian PFA chairman was called upon to present this year’s charity, “The Gerry Barrett Fund”. Representing the charity was its President, John Robinson. Mr. Robinson spoke about the charity. This Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 by the Dental Association of PEI and transferred to the CFPEI in 2010. The fund was created in honour of Dr. Gerry Barrett, an esteemed long-time Island dentist. The award is granted to an Island student enrolled in a Dentistry program at Dalhousie University. A second component to the fund is a Field of Interest Fund that provides a grant to a charity that offers services and programs to benefit dental patients in financial need. PFA Canada presented a $10,000 check to this most worthy cause.

Drs. Roach, Dolman. John Robinson. Dr. Dushkin

PFA Canada inducted 28 new fellows at this ceremony. The new inductees stood to take the PFA pledge and then one by one they came to the stage to accept their certificate, pins, ribbon and to have their picture taken.


The new fellows are:
Chad Avery DDS
Michelle Lindsay Budd DDS
Edward A. Busvek DDS
Robert J Cochran DDS
Benjamin Richard Davis DDS
C.P. Giri DDS
Raymon Paul Grewal DDS
Nada Haidar DDS
Thomas Jon Harle DDS
Erin Louise Vivian Hennessy DDS
Bryan R Hicks DDS
Daniel K. Hwang DDS
Brian Kizner DDS
David Lachance DMD
Jonathan M. Mahn DDS
Gordon Markic DDS
Shawn B Monga
Jason John Noel DDS
Pravir Patel DDS
Richard Raftus DDS
Manuel Resendes DMD
Kyla Rae Romard DDS
Brandon Jacob Schiffner DDS
Timur Shigapov DDS
Roch St. Aubin DDS
Karin L. Van Ryswyk DDS
Tamara Lynn Wright DMD
Michelle Denise Zwicker DDS

As well as the new fellows, we recognized and had on stage two fellows who received their fellowships in absentia in past years:

Kilby Townshend  – St Johns 2015
James Singer – Toronto 2017

A great time was had by everyone.
Congratulations to the inductees and award recipients!

Respectfully submitted

Jerry L. Dushkin
Canadian Trustee


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