Meet Christie Young

BCDHA Director At-Large

I am an animal lover, a wife, a mom of two, a runner, a mountain biker, a dental hygienist, and the tooth fairy, among other things. Like you, I wear many hats! I am eager to wear another…

I am a settler. Originally from Ontario. I was born on the traditional territory of the Anishianbek. The last 22 years, I have called B.C. home. I live work and play on the traditional territory of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Musqueam people.

As a BCDHA Director I am keen to give back to our wonderful community. I am ready to tackle new challenges and represent the issues in B.C.’s dental hygiene today.

To be a good director, takes compassion and the ability to relate to hygienists in all scopes of practice. I graduated from George Brown College in Toronto in 1999. Early on I was involved helping run a CDHA conference. This got me excited about what our profession can do.

I am not a bureaucrat. I still work in private practice in North Vancouver. Just like you, I care about my profession and my community. I remember what it is like to be a brand-new grad, a frustrated employee, (maybe you are a practice owner?) or a busy parent studying for the QAP. I want to speak for you.

I have broad experience and perspective to bring to the board. I have worked in many settings, in two provinces and one territory. I’ve been in general practice, perio practice and supervised clinic at UBC. I have volunteered in the third world and cared for marginalized individuals on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Dental Hygiene care comes in many forms, but we all have one thing in common, that we care! I want to make sure that our professional association cares for us.

In early COVID I worked with BCDHA as the chair of the “Return to Practice” committee. I gained experience with Zoom and Teams, as we navigated unprecedented times. I was encouraged and inspired with what we could do together. It led me to want to do more, as part of the Board.

Professional connections and the friendships they spur are part of my career passion! I welcome questions, requests, and collaboration with members. I want to be accessible and approachable to all.

With the recent amalgamation of Oral Health Colleges in BC, we all register together.

BCDHA is now our only voice, as dental hygienists. It is more crucial than ever to be strong and united in our professional association. I welcome the opportunity to be this voice for you.

Thank you!