Meet Sara Masiuk

BCDHA Board of Director Elections (Interior)

From the traditional, unceded territory of three Interior Salish nations: the Syilx, Secwépemc, and Nlaka’pamux peoples, it is with distinct honour and privilege to be nominated for the BCDHA Interior Director Board seat. My passion in dental hygiene has been pivotal throughout the past 16 years. Originally from Ontario, I embarked on a rewarding career as a dental hygienist which led me through a multi-faceted professional journey. I graduated from Fanshawe College and continued my professional growth by becoming a Restorative Dental Hygienist shortly after. Having also practiced as an Independent Dental Hygienist, I led a private dental hygiene clinic and Long-Term Care (LTC) Mobile Clinic for the Georgian Bay/Grey Bruce Area. At the peak of my career, I furthered my studies and attained an Allied Health Sciences Degree (Hons). During that time, I transitioned from clinical practice to being an educator for colleges in Toronto and Barrie, including remote teaching for Atlantic Canada this past year. These experiences ignited my passion for continued learning and growth. Currently, I am in my last year of the Master of Education online program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

As a woman of colour and mother to two very active children, I embrace the many roles we are challenged with each and every day. As an educator, clinician, and practice manager, I have come to grow as a leader, to have a voice, and to become a collaborator within the profession. As an active BCDHA member, I have a keen desire and great commitment toward serving all our members in advancing the profession of dental hygiene. My commitment to the profession stems from my numerous involvements within the Okanagan region including advocating for Oral Health Promotion initiatives at local schools. As a leader, I will bring forth open and transparent communication, compassion, and empathy for our future in dental hygiene. This is a critical time as we are faced with decisions regarding opportunities that will shape our profession for the future. Moreover, as a member of the BCDHA long-term care committee, I have always longed for seeing continued growth and change for our evolving profession. By raising awareness, I want to be the voice for the underrepresented areas of our profession.

 As your next board-elect, I am committed to working with you- I will represent you, be your advocate and pay close attention to your values. With continued collaborations, my goal is to work with the BCDHA to make us stronger as we face the future together. I would like to thank you in advance for your support and appreciate the opportunity to serve our members.