2020 was an interesting year! Despite the challenges the pandemic has caused the profession, HPDA continued its commitment to providing innovative and educational programs for our members. Our flair for social programming was on full display for the membership with a fantastic Trivia Night in June, and most recently, a Virtual Wine Tasting in December.
As a volunteer run organization, we pride ourselves on looking for ways to help our colleagues and the Peel community at large. This was no easy task in 2020 as we were no longer able to provide our course offerings in person. Due to the exceptional work of the Executive committee, we were able to pivot to a virtual strategy, and continue to provide essential clinical and practice management courses for our membership.
Highlights included virtual lectures in Pharmacology (with Dr. Ouanounou), Endodontics (with Dr. Glassman) and Periodontics (with Dr. Mohammed), as well as informative Town Hall sessions with our ODA President, Dr. Hapak, and the new Registrar of the RCDSO, Dr. Michael Faulkner. In addition, we were fortunate to welcome Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, from Trillium Health Partners, for an eye-opening discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 Virus on the dental profession, as well as Ms. Sandie Bailargeon for a timely discussion on the practice recovery process in a post-lockdown world.
Strength in Numbers
When the COVID lockdown left our members unable to practice and unsure of how to help, HPDA leveraged its position as the largest component dental society in Canada, to recruit donations for our very own PPE Drive. This was a resounding success. We were able to make a substantial donation to hospitals in both Peel and Halton at a time when PPE was scarce, and the impact of the virus was widespread. We are so fortunate for the generosity of our members and their willingness to make sacrifices for the Halton-Peel Community.
In addition, under the leadership of Dr. Kelvin Fung, HPDA led a successful Oral Health month campaign, and donated Toothbrushes to Knights Table Food Bank in Brampton, and the Oakville Fareshare Food Bank. The HPDA Charity committee ensured that this endeavour went off smoothly, and the donations were well received by both organizations.
Keeping ‘Spirits’ High
While social distancing limited our ability to hold in person networking events this past year, we were still able to successfully get our membership together, albeit via their computer screens. HPDA held its first Trivia night in June 2020, which was a resounding success! Multiple teams successfully competed virtually for great prizes, which was the perfect break after a long two month lockdown.
Our most recent event in December of 2020 featured a Sommelier led virtual wine tasting. Members were treated to delicious charcuterie and flavourful wines (delivered directly to their homes), and excellent company! We can’t thank our Sommelier, Ryan Sullivan, enough for making this such an enjoyable evening. If you have an idea for an event that you’d like to see happen, please let us know! We are always happy to create new ways to engage our members.