MONTREAL, May 24, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - On May 26, Dr. Barry Dolman,
President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ), will present the
Order's 2013 Prix Hommage to Dr. Denys F. Ruel at a special President's
evening to be held in conjunction with the Journées dentaires
internationales du Québec. At that time, Dr. Dolman will also award the
Order's very first Prix Honneur to Jean-Pierre Léger, President and CEO
of Groupe St-Hubert.
Caring for vulnerable patients
Dr. Denys F. Ruel was chosen to receive the 2013 Prix Hommage because of
his continuing commitment to prevention and oral health promotion and
his remarkable work with the most vulnerable members of society.
Dr. Ruel holds a Doctor in Dental Medicine (1983) degree and a
specialized graduate diploma in public dental health (2004) from the
Université de Montréal. He was in private practice until 2011, and then
joined the dental clinic of the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal. For over
10 years now, with the help of dentistry students, he has been offering
dental care for homeless youths and HIV-positive patients served by the
A member of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec and the
Canadian Dental Association (CDA), Dr. Ruel is also a clinical teaching
assistant and lecturer at the Université de Montréal. He has received
numerous awards, including the Oral Health Promotion Award from the
CDA, in 2006. He has contributed to many scientific articles dealing in
particular with dental health among seniors and homeless young people.
Since 2007, the Prix Hommage of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec has
been awarded to recognize the exceptional contribution by an ODQ member
to the development of the profession, in keeping with the Order's
mandate to promote dental health and public protection. As the
recipient of the ODQ's 2013 Prix Hommage, Dr. Ruel will receive a blown
glass sculpture evoking the different materials used in dentistry,
including gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future
A health pioneer
The members of the ODQ Board of Directors are pleased to announce that
the Order's very first Prix Honneur will go to Jean-Pierre Léger,
President and CEO of Groupe St-Hubert. The award recognizes the
business leader's efforts to improve Quebecers' health, in particular
his decision to offer a smoke-free environment to St-Hubert customers
starting back in 2005, long before it was a legal requirement.
While this decision seems self-evident today, it must be remembered that
at the time it was controversial and quite daring. Mr. Léger's courage
reduced the exposure of Quebecers everywhere to second-hand smoke, a
recognized health hazard.
The Order's Prix Honneur, awarded for the first time this year, is
intended to honour non-ODQ members, firms or non-profit organizations
who have made an outstanding contribution to improving Quebecers'
health, in view of the close links between overall health and oral
health. As the recipient of the 2013 Prix Honneur, Mr. Léger will
receive a blown glass sculpture.
About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,800 dentists. Its
mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high
professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among
SOURCE: Ordre des dentistes du Québec
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