Lifelong interest in volunteering leads to top position for Dr. Rick
Caldwell of New Liskeard, ON
TORONTO, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Rick Caldwell has been installed as
President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), the professional
association that represents more than 8,000 dentists in Ontario. His
term began on June 1, 2013.
The position is a culmination of a lifelong pursuit of volunteering
which began as a boy, when he witnessed his father's ongoing
involvement in town politics in New Liskeard, Ont., where his family
has roots going back to the early twentieth century.
"It was almost expected of us to become involved and give back to our
community wherever possible," says Dr. Caldwell of his family's
community work. "Being a member of the ODA has allowed me to combine
dentistry and volunteering into a satisfying professional career."
After he graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of
Toronto, Dr. Caldwell entered a program which sent students to an
underserviced area for a year. He took a position as a dentist in the
Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory for two years. Since
then, over a period of 20 years, Dr. Caldwell has provided periodic
volunteer dental service to the Weenusk First Nations on the Hudson Bay
coast, and assisted with relief efforts in Guatemala through Speroway
(formerly FTC Canada).
His involvement in organized dentistry began in 1990 at the ODA, where
he has served on numerous committees and working groups. Dr. Caldwell
also represented the Temiskaming Dental Society at ODA General Council
from 2007 to 2009.
"As a dentist, I've benefitted from the ODA's support in helping me
deliver quality care to my patients" says Dr. Caldwell. "As President,
I now have the opportunity to lead those efforts in support of dentists
working to care for patients all across Ontario."
Dr. Caldwell has received a number of awards and scholarships throughout
his academic career. He holds memberships in the Health Ministries
Association, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College
He maintains a general practice in New Liskeard and is a staff dentist
at Temiskaming Hospital, also in New Liskeard.
Image with caption: "Dr. Rick Caldwell of New Liskeard, Ont. is the President of the Ontario Dental Association for 2013/2014. (CNW Group/Ontario Dental Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130603_C4468_PHOTO_EN_27420.jpg
SOURCE: Ontario Dental Association
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