Gift from the Heart Executive 2019-2020
Bev Woods RDH
I have been a registered dental hygienists for over 33 years and I am authorize by the CDHO to self-initiate.
Over the years I have served my profession as President and Director of the Ontario Dental Hygienists Association (ODHA) and Executive Council Member for the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO).
I was instrumental in the planning and implementing of the Dental Hygiene Program for Maxwell College, Belleville, Ontario and went on to hold the position of Dental Hygiene Director.
I provided much needed dental hygiene care to our Military community at my dental hygiene office in Trenton, Ontario. It was then that I took on the challenge of giving back with an event to help provide access to preventative oral health care to those in my community who could not afford basic dental hygiene services...Gift from the Heart.
My husbands Military career took us outside Canada for a few years where I volunteered my time with "Friends of the Fallen". I escorted family members out to the flight line to welcome home their fallen loved one as part of the "dignified transfer" USA military service.
When I returned home to Brighton, Ontario I worked as a dental hygienist at the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre and went on to hold the Dental Program Manager position. I welcome the opportunity to build this program to help provide much needed oral health care to those who were struggling financially.
Today, I work at Whole Health, in Brighton Ontario providing preventative oral health care along side owner, Jenn Arbuckle and an amazing group of health care professionals. We treat the whole body, not just the oral cavity.
My greatest passion is the "Gift from the Heart" organization. Access to preventative oral health care is a huge hurdle in Canada.
Their are over 29,000 dental hygienists in Canada. Together...We Can Make a Difference.
Laura Iorio - Vice President
Laura Iorio is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Dental Hygiene. She is an educator, infection prevention solution strategist and practice advisor with over 37 years of experience as a clinical dental hygienist in Periodontics. Laura has been an instructor in both Periodontal dentistry and dental hygiene programs teaching clinical and didactic courses for over 27 years. As a dental hygiene team trainer, Laura Iorio posses advanced periodontal instrumentation skills including extensive training in ultrasonics, desensitizing and pain management.
An Academic consultant and sales ”blitzer” for Colgate Palmolive, Laura educated faculty, dental hygiene students and her dental colleagues effective desensitization solutions in order for them to provide quality patient care.
Laura has also worked in the dental/medical and animal industries providing safer solutions for infection prevention for workers, the animals and the environment. She has worked with key opinion leaders educating the public on how to change the disinfection industry to reduce disease transmission while providing environmentally friendly solutions for its workers and animals.
Laura volunteers much of her time as the Vice President for “Gift From the Heart” – an organization that creates a one day event every year whereby RDHs provide no cost dental hygiene care and brings public awareness to the large number of Canadians unable to afford basic preventive oral health care. She has been involved with GFTH for over 3 years as a volunteer care provider initially, advancing into the role as Vice President over a year ago. As VP, Laura oversees the logistics of the event and utilizes her connections with her dental industry colleagues to provide donations to help offset the costs to the participating clinics.
Sarah Robertson- Smith - Director of Fundraising/Secretary
As a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2003, Sarah strives to enhance oral health and optional quality of life for individuals in her community.
Sarah is a dedicated advocate for people with unique needs and promotes inclusion. Her ultimate goal is to shape future oral health standards in long term facilities in Ontario. Her passion and enthusiasm to help others and improve access to care led Sarah to open her mobile dental hygiene business in the spring of 2008.
For the past eleven years, Sarah has been active in providing geriatric oral health education to caregivers. Muskoka Gentle Dental provides community oral health education for older adults on a regular basis. Sarah enjoys her role as a Board Director in a nursing home, volunteering and spending time with the residents. Dental care should NOT be viewed as a luxury, it is a necessity for total wellness!
As an executive for Gift from the Heart, Sarah brings forth her compassion, experience and drive to lift the barriers for people seeking basic dental care.
Krista Dufour - Director of Development
As a registered dental hygienist, I am passionate about oral health and social justice. In 2018, I opened my independent mobile practice, GoSmile to address significant barriers to accessing oral health care services within my community. I consider myself a student of life and am always actively looking for opportunities to learn and grow. As a regular volunteer at a local charity dental clinic I often see the effects that lack of oral healthcare can have on the overall wellness and quality of life for vulnerable individuals. I strongly believe that no Canadian should suffer with poor oral health and that we, as oral health professions have a social obligation to advocate and raise awareness of the issues surrounding barriers to accessing preventative oral care and to so what we can to help the most vulnerable in our communities. I know that together, dental hygienists can and will make a difference. I am deeply honoured to join the Gift from the Heart team and look forward to working with such amazing, dedicated and compassionate professionals.