Meet Natasha Kellett
BCDHA Board of Director Elections (At-Large)
My name is Natasha Kellett and I am honored to put my name forward for Director at Large with the BCDHA board of directors. My diverse experience and background make me an excellent candidate to serve in this role. I have been an RDH for over a decade, with many more years prior in the dental profession. I live and work on Haida Gwaii, the traditional home of the Haida people, at a non-profit, community clinic. My dental hygiene career has been varied and includes private practice, public health, community, and volunteering with dental charities. I have lived and worked in the Lower Mainland, Kootenays, Central Coast and Northern B.C. This gives me an understanding of the unique and very different challenges of practicing in urban and rural/remote areas as well as private practice, corporate and non-profit environments.
Dental Hygienists deserve fair and safe working conditions that support their mental and physical well being. If elected, I will ensure BCDHA continues to advocate for this.
I am passionate about advocating for respectful and equitable access to dental hygiene services for all British Columbians. This includes the role all dental hygiene registrants, including the role RDHs can play in increasing access to dental hygiene care, especially in B.C.’s remote and rural areas where there is no dentist or Dental Hygiene Practitioner. With the roll out of the new federal dental care plan, I believe there needs to be increased profile and advocacy for expanding the role of RDHs in Independent Practice.
All Dental Hygienists deserve a voice and fair representation in the advocacy efforts to promote our profession and increase awareness of the inequities and disparities within our regulatory structure, including the QAP. I hope you will provide me the opportunity to be that voice.
I am always humbled and filled with gratitude when I have the privilege to be a voice for our profession and to serve and promote dental hygiene. I served on the BCDHA Interprofessional Collaboration policy table and collaborated on articles for Oral Health Canada Magazine and Oral Hygiene Magazine. I am a past recipient of the BCDHA Barbara Heisterman Award for Innovation and Commitment to Care and the CDHA Dental Hygiene Superhero Award.
It would be an honor to be elected to the BCDHA Board of Directors and represent the Dental Hygienists of BC. I want to hear how you envision your BCDHA directors supporting you.
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