Nominations for Alumni of Distinction now open

February 8th, 2013 · No Comments · Advisory, Alumni, Dentistry

The University of Manitoba Dental Alumni Association is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the Alumni of Distinction award for 2013.

Members of the Faculty of Dentistry’s alumni community are welcomed and encouraged to send in their nominations for the annual honour, one of the highest distinctions in Manitoba oral health.

“We are calling on the members of our fraternity to consider some worthwhile candidates and to bring them to our attention through the nomination process,” said Dr. Kyle Gauthier, UMDAA president. “Each and every year, it seems, we get a great response with plenty of high calibre nominees and we expect this year to be no different.”

The criteria for the annual award remains much the same as past years: Nominees must be a graduate of the DMD or a postgraduate program of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. The nominee must also have served the profession or community in such a way as to have distinguished themselves, and directly or indirectly brought distinction and honour to the Faculty and the profession.

Past awardees include Drs. Gerald Niznick, Frank Hechter, Jan Brown and Gene Solmundson.

“There is no question that each of our past recipients has been more than worthy of this award,” Dr. Gauthier said. “It sometimes poses a real challenge for our selection committee because so many of the nominees have enjoyed long and distinguished careers.”

Dr. Gauthier said the group is hoping for an early rush of nominations, which will help with the selection process. That will certainly be possible this year as the process is easier than ever with an online system for nominations now in place.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination can now do so online.

Nominations close April 30, 2013. The selection committee will then make an announcement in the summer months with the awards banquet to follow on Friday, September 20, 2013, in Winnipeg.

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