The BCDHA Board of Directors is calling for nominations for the 2023 Barbara J. Heisterman Award for Outstanding Innovation and Commitment to Care.

This award is given annually to a Registered Dental Hygienist who best exemplifies the outstanding and unique attributes and values of Barbara J. Heisterman.

The recipient of the award will be chosen by the Board of Directors based on the criteria below.

  • Improves access to dental hygiene care;
  • Delivers innovative services;
  • Pioneers new ideas;
  • Mentors other dental hygienists;
  • Practices collaboratively;
  • Advocates for inclusivity for all persons regardless of age, physical or cognitive ability,
    economic status, culture or race;
  • Demonstrates commitment to membership in BCDHA.

The recipient must be a Registered Dental Hygienist; an active dental hygiene practitioner and a member of BCDHA and/or CDHA for the previous 10 years.

The BCDHA Board of Directors will review the nominations received at their Winter 2022 meeting.

If you would like to nominate a dental hygienist, please complete the form below before March 1st, 2023.

Note that current Board Directors and BCDHA staff members cannot be nominated and cannot nominate a member for this award.

Previous recipients of this award are Barbara Heisterman, Beverley Contreras, Maxine Borowko, Judy Blake, Susan Nye, Paula McAleese, Mara Sand, Louretta Frolek, Sharon Stead, Mary Lou Walker, Cheri Wu and Heather Cooper.


About Barbara Heisterman

This award was created in honour of Barbara Heisterman, BC’s first mobile residential care dental hygienist. Barbara made an enormous contribution to the profession over her thirty-five-year career as a dental hygienist. Her courage, advocacy, mentorship, and commitment to improving access to dental hygiene care has had a long-lasting impact our profession and will be recognized for years to come.


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