If you have taken the time to review our team’s bios, you already know that giving back to the community is important to us. Our team is committed to giving back to the community by participating in events that provide dental care to those with limited access. We are involved with the following organizations:
Meals that Mend
As part of 2015 initiatives, ThirtyTwo Dental worked with The Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta cooking for their Meals that Mend program. The Ronald McDonald House helps sick children and their families by providing affordable housing that helps to reduce the stress of what they are going through, and Meals that Mend is a program that provides prepared food to families staying there.
Dr. Sharun actually used to serve on the Edmonton Ronald McDonald House Board and was President from 2002-2004, so this is initiative was that much more special. The team helped spread smiles to families and experienced first-hand the difference that the program makes in the lives of so many.
Bringing Smiles to the Philippines
In response to requests made by our patients, Dr. Sharun, Joyce Acheson and Brenda Nobles lead a team of 23 members to the small Philippine areas of Diffun, Cordon and Capul as part of a Kindness in Action initiative in 2014.
The team spent 4 days in each of the Northern towns of Diffun and Cordon, providing free day clinics and training to Filipino dental students. The team then headed south to the island of Capul for two days, setting up medical and dental facilities, which provided easy access to basic services that community members usually have to travel off-island to receive.
This was Dr. Sharun and Brenda’s 7th mission with Kindness in Action and Joyce’s 10th.
Homeless Connect is a twice a year, one-day community event held at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre that brings social agencies, businesses and volunteers together to provide a range of services that can help Edmonton’s homeless people out of homelessness. Dental care is one of the most in-demand services at the event, with hundreds of people lining up for check-ups, cleanings and other much needed treatments.
Kindness In Action (KIA)
Kindness in Action (Service Society of Alberta) is a volunteer group of dental professionals and their friends who donate their time, money and hearts to provide dental care, prevention, and pain relief to the poor and needy in poverty-stricken communities outside of North America. Multiple KIA dental missions occur each year all around the world, each one running about 7 days. During this time, approximately 500 people receive much needed dental treatment, including examinations, extractions, fillings, cleanings and dentures. The main goal is to relieve as many people of pain as possible. That goal is intertwined with a message of prevention that involves dispensing toothbrushes along with individual and school dental hygiene instruction.
Student Health Initiative for the Needs of Edmonton (SHINE)
SHINE provides services through an outreach model in two locations: iHuman and the Stanley A. Milner Library. Student and preceptor volunteers, as well as youth from the population SHINE serves, run the outreach. Volunteers are all from various health science backgrounds including public health, nursing, medicine, and pharmacy. The focus of SHINE’s services is to help youth navigate through the existing health and social care system, to accompany youth to services if they identify the need, and to provide access to health education resources. Currently, outreach at the Stanley A. Milner Library is on Fridays from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. SHINE student and preceptor volunteers all wear a button with the organization’s logo, so they are easy to identify.