About BCDHA


The BCDHA is governed by a Board of Directors whose eight members are selected through a regional election process administered by BCDHA. Through consultation with members, the Board determines the goals and direction for the Association. The BCDHA is a non-profit society and a constituent member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA).

For more information on becoming a Director and the role of the Board click here. or view our video here.

Highlights of Previous Board Meeting:

February 16 – 17, 2017

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates:

November 17 – 18, 2017 Burnaby
February 16 – 17, 2018 Burnaby

Annual General Meeting

June 2, 2017, 6pm at BCDHA office. Please register to attend at info@bcdha.bc.ca.

Annual Report:
 
Click here to view BCDHA’s Annual Report for 2015-2016.
 
Interested in observing a Board of Directors meeting?

BCDHA welcomes members to attend Board meetings to observe the proceedings. Requests for observer status will be assessed on an individual basis by the Board, and will be dependent on such things as agenda items to be discussed, meeting location etc.

Requests to attend Board meetings must be received by the Chair no less than two weeks prior to the meeting. Please send your request to boardofdirectors@bcdha.bc.ca.

2017 – 2018 BCDHA Board of Directors


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Christina Capy – Greater Vancouver (Term 2016-2019)


Christina Capy is a dental hygienist with 24 years’ experience. Over her career she has had a long term association with the same clinical practice, however she has contracted to over 50 practices during her career spanning British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Switzerland. Christina takes pride in keeping at the forefront of the latest technologies and best practices in dental hygiene and with a particular focus toward preventative care.

Christina continues to take pride and pleasure in the field of dental hygiene. She is a proponent of various organizations and forums advocating the prevention of violence against women. Christina has been educated at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, the University of British Columbia and Wild Rose College.


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Brenda Currie – Upper Fraser Valley Region (Term 2016-2019)


As a dental professional for over 30 years, Brenda has a broad range of dental hygiene experience having worked in numerous settings including clinical, community, education, and professional regulation. Her special interests and primary passion remains in the areas of oral health disparities, access to oral care and the provision of quality services that will ultimately improve oral health for all.

Brenda holds a MSc. Degree from the University of British Columbia. Additionally, she spent three years doing doctoral studies UBC focusing her research in the areas of oral cancer screening and access to care issues among underserved populations.

Brenda enjoys being active in her profession and her community. She served for three years as an elected board member for the College of Dental Hygienists of BC and currently sits on numerous Advisory Boards and Committees, including the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry Dean’s Board of Counselors. Brenda is also a member of the Board for the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Research Advisory Committee. She has been a grant reviewer for the Canadian Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research and Education for the past four years. On a community level Brenda has participated in numerous fundraising activities for cancer. Most recently she is Chair of the 3rd annual “An Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer”.

Brenda is married with 5 children and has a Boxer puppy named Howard. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, golfing and travelling.


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Tammy Gulevich (Chair) – Northern BC (Term 2016-2019)


As a 1987 University of Alberta grad, Tammy Gulevich has been practicing in Northern communities for her entire career. She has been fortunate to be with the same Fort St. John private practice for 24 years, and has built wonderful relationships with her clients in the practice. Currently she is working in both private practice and residential care.

Tammy has been involved in the past with both the BCDHA and CDHBC committees. She feels that it is very important that the northern dental hygienist’s voice be heard, and considered in policy making as they have a unique perspective on many current dental hygiene issues. As a former BCDHA board member, she is excited to be back on the board and seeing some familiar faces along with the new ones.

One of the benefits of living and working in a small northern town is being immersed in that strong community. She has enjoyed volunteering with the dental community on issues such as community education and the municipal fluoride referendum. As well, she has been very involved with the Irish Dance Society, Northern BC Regional Science Fair and the North Peace Rod and Gun club. She has two daughters currently attending university. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and gardening as well as joining her husband and family on hiking, boating and camping adventures.


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Karl Gunderson (Vice-Chair) – Interior (Term 2015-2017)


Karl lives in Penticton but has had the opportunity to work throughout the province with stops including Cranbrook, Fruitvale, Fort St. John, Smithers and Quesnel. He currently works full time in Public Health, servicing the South Okanagan but has worked (and occasionally still does) as a self-employed RDH.

Karl joined the BCDHA Board in 2013 and always wants to hear from fellow members. Being on the Board has greatly increased his knowledge, feeling of ownership, and responsibility to our profession – and not only due to the amount of reading sometimes required! Karl looks forward to continue serving members as the Interior Director.

Karl has three wonderful (and sometimes good) children whose schedules keep him busy enough that he feels no guilt watching television with his wonderful (and always good) dental hygienist wife.


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Mandy Hayre – Dental Hygiene Educator Representative (Term 2016-2020)


Mandy lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and has two main passions in life. The first would be her family and friends. Mandy loves to spend time with her husband and two teenage children, as well as extended family and close friends.

Her career is her second passion in life. Since graduating from the dental hygiene diploma program at the College of New Caledonia, Mandy has practiced dental hygiene in a variety of practice settings. She completed a Bachelors of Dental Science from the University of British Columbia, the Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College, and the Masters of Education from the University of Victoria. Since completing her schooling, she was successful in mounting a dental hygiene diploma program at the University of Vancouver Island (VIU) and served as Chair of the program for the first six years. Despite the different roles Mandy has taken, she has always continued to work clinically in dental offices.

Mandy’s desire to give back to the profession of dental hygiene and to contribute to its continued growth is evident from the many committees she works with annually on a local, provincial and national level. She has started and been President of her local study club, has served on the British Columbia Dental Hygienists Association for many years and has been both Chair and Vice-Chair of the organization, she is a Clinical Examiner and Investigator for the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia, a site surveyor for the Commission on Dental Accreditation Canada, and an Exam Committee member for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board. Mandy is also President of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists.


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Bev Jackson – Victoria Region (Term 2015-2017)


Bev moved to Vancouver Island in 1984 after graduating from the University of Alberta. In 1986 she served as the President of the Victoria and District Dental Hygienist’s Society and has since worked with various professional groups such as the National DH Certification Board and Camosun College Dental Advisory Board. Bev has completed a Bachelor of Dental Science (Dental Hygiene) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Education (Leadership Studies) from the University of Victoria.

Bev practiced clinical dental hygiene in general and periodontal offices. She loves clinical practice and continues to apply these skills whenever the opportunity arises both in the educational environment and in volunteer situations. Bev has taught for over 20 years and is currently an instructor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Camosun College in Victoria. She enjoys the challenge of teaching and is grateful to this collegial environment that requires a continual need to be on top of evidence based practice.

In addition to dentistry, Bev has committed years of community service and contributed to committees in a minor fastball league. She will always be connected to community in a volunteer capacity as it is in her nature to be actively involved. Bev feels that now that her two girls are grown and leaving home there is opportunity to dedicate time and energy to our profession. She has a tremendous passion for our profession and is looking forward to taking the voice of dental hygienists to the provincial level, as a member on the BCDHA Board of Directors. In Bev’s own words, “If I had to do it all over again, I would choose dental hygiene as my career because the connections made are life-long, the opportunities are limitless and it is such a rewarding profession”.


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Mandy McGill – Kootenay Region (Term 2017-2020)


After graduating from the University of Manitoba Dental Hygiene Program in 1996, Mandy moved westward to the beautiful province of BC. The past twenty years of dental hygiene experience have provided her with rich knowledge from diverse environments, including working in clinical practices in Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island, and several communities within the Kootenays.

In addition to clinical practice, Mandy has had the fulfilling opportunity to work as a dental hygienist for the Department of National Defence, and is currently working as a public health dental hygienist for the Interior Health Authority in the Kootenay region, as well as continuing to work in private practice.

Mandy’s love of adventure and travel have taken her around the world, and in her spare time, she can be found daydreaming about her next trip or actively taking part in the mountain lifestyle that she loves with her husband and two children, in their small ‘magical’ community of Rossland.

As a board member, Mandy is open to all input from the membership and the community, and will work collaboratively to represent and promote the dental hygiene profession towards a progressive future.


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Brenda Wisdom – Upper Island Region (Term 2016-2019)


Brenda is a proud member of the first graduating class of the Dental Hygiene Diploma Program at the College of New Caledonia in 1989. She began her clinical dental hygiene career in Kamloops and slowly worked her way over to Vancouver Island where she practiced in private dental offices, worked as an instructor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Vancouver Island University, and as a Public Health Dental Hygienist in Campbell River, Courtenay and Nanaimo. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree from Thompson Rivers University and a Master of Health Studies from the University of Athabasca. She has two beautiful teenage daughters, with whom she enjoys hiking, reading and baking.

Brenda feels fortunate to have had the opportunities to practice dental hygiene in a number of settings, and says she would have a really hard time picking a “favorite”. Relationships built with dental office staff and patients will always be treasured. The learning that happened as a dental hygiene instructor was unexpected and invaluable. The connection to community and the opportunity to collaborate with other health care professionals she experiences in a public health dental hygiene role is amazing.

Brenda views being on the board of directors of BCDHA as an opportunity to further build her skills and to create connections and relationships that she hopes will fold into fond memories in her old(er) age.