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AADA Chairman of the Board 2017/2018

Hello and warm summer greetings from the AADA.  I am excited to announce that I am the new Chairperson for the Association for the 2017/2018 term.

The AADA is pleased to announce that effective June 1, 2017 we are now an Organizational Member (OM) of the Canadian Dental Assistants Association.  Please read your newsletters to learn about what our national association does for our profession and for you.  When renewing your yearly membership with your local organization, be sure to check off and pay for Canadian Membership.  Please support the important role that our National Association fills on behalf of Dental Assistants across Canada!

As a member of an AADA Society partner, you are automatically eligible to actively participate in the AADA.  Please be sure to use all the offered discounts, services and support that you are entitled to access through your tri-levels of professional memberships.

The AADA had its AGM in April and a new Board of Directors was elected. Annual reports were presented and the Annual Audit and 2017 Budget were approved with Motions Carried.

Karen Allan from Calgary did a wonderful job as Chairperson for the past 2 years and now sits as Past Chairperson.  Vicky Tatoulis from Calgary is excited to be Vice Chair for the coming year and Danelle Fulawka, also from Calgary, will sit as Secretary/Treasurer.  Our 6 Directors at Large are Cindy Verner, Kim Free, Pam Millar, Maeghan Heck, Linda Swityk and Geri Moir.  These ladies are all from different areas within the province.  Thank you all for volunteering your time and talents for the benefit of RDAs in Alberta!

The AADA is working hard for our members.  AADA representatives have met with the Health Professions Unit in February to discuss legislative concerns.  This is our 2nd meeting in the past 4 years and we are committed to meeting regularly with the HPU to keep those lines of communication open for our profession.

The AADA has made a submission to the Alberta Government Minister of Labour, Christine Gray, through the WCB Review Panel in November 2016 about obtaining WCB coverage for all dental staff.  The only option available to RDAs who are injured at work in offices where the employer does not have voluntary WCB coverage is to sue the employer.  AADA does not believe that this is an option that any worker in this province should have to take for a workplace related injury or illness.  Updates will follow as they are available.

We will be hosting our annual Provincial Tea and Talk on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 2-4 pm in Red Deer after the Board Meeting of the same day.  This 5th Anniversary “Tea & Talk” is an opportunity for all RDAs in Alberta to gather to discuss issues of concern or importance to our profession.  Be a contributor to this discussion and be an active participant in the future of your profession!  Henry Schein is our sole valued Sponsor for this anniversary.  We want to acknowledge their generous financial contribution to the AADA in support of our anniversary event. There will be special mementos, celebratory refreshments, and surprises for everyone in attendance.  Don’t miss this moment in our professional history! Please plan to attend this informative round-table session.  You’ll be glad you did.

See you all then and have a great summer.

Jane Sadler, RDA

AADA Chairman of the Board 2017/2018

AADA Chairman of the Board
Message to Alberta RDAs
June 2016

The Association of Alberta Dental Assistants (AADA) is a provincial organization representing Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs). Every Dental Assistants’ Society in Alberta has the opportunity to belong to this organization and participate. AADA serves as a collective voice, advocating and supporting RDAs in Alberta. We share resources to provide benefits and services of value to our Society members.

These are some of the initiatives that the AADA has pursued on behalf of RDAs over the past year:

* AADA has corresponded with the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA) in regard to registration fee reductions. Last year license fees went up by $1. For the 2017 license year our license fees will be decreased by $15. We are happy to see this reduction and to see that CADA Council is listening to our members’ requests to make better use of financial resources;
* AADA is meeting regularly with the Health Professions Unit (HPU) to discuss legislative issues affecting operations of the health Colleges in Alberta;
* AADA continues to pursue compulsory WCB for dental offices. We are making submissions to the WCB Review Secretariat over the summer and are asking for a meeting to further discuss work related injuries and illness that can affect dental office staff;
* AADA has been corresponding with the CADA to address member concerns and to request clarification on CADA decisions and business.

At the April 2016 AGM and Elections, a New Board of Directors for 2016/2017 was elected. Due to our Vice Chair of last term resigning, I had agreed to remain as Chairman of the Board and Danelle Fulawka agreed to remain another year as Past Chairman of the Board. Newly elected as Vice Chairman was Jane Sadler and Vicky Tatoulis was re-elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer for the term. We have 6 Directors at Large from Calgary and Edmonton who are elected to serve for 2016/2017 to bring our total Board to 10 officers.

It has been a pleasure to serve as the AADA Chairman for 2015/2016 term and I look forward to serving you another term in 2016/2017. I have to thank Danelle Fulawka for all of her help, guidance and wisdom this past year, as well as our Corporate Agent Dianne Hennig who is also a tremendous help and assistance both to the AADA and to me. “Thank you” to all of the officers on the Board of Directors for your time and commitment to the AADA.

Our next annual AADA Tea and Talk is Saturday October 1, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Red Deer Legion. This is an informal gathering that gives RDAs an opportunity to come together and discuss items of importance to our profession. Some topics we will cover include: an update on the AADA meeting with the newly formed NDP government Review Secretariat regarding compulsory WCB for dental offices; an update on the AADA meeting with the HPU; CDAA (Canadian) news; the CADA Competency Profile amendments; and ideas for increasing awareness of the AADA and the importance of support for our professional associations on all levels (locally, provincially and nationally).

Working together for excellence in the profession,

Karen Allan RDA
AADA Chairman of the Board 2016-2017

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