The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Awards its 2011 Prix Hommage to Dr. Paul Germain of Saint-Lambert

MONTREAL, May 26, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - On May 28, the President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ), Dr. Diane Legault, will present the Order's 2011 Prix Hommage to Dr. Paul Germain at an evening celebration in Montreal organized in his honour.

"In awarding the 2011 Prix Hommage to Dr. Germain, the Order wishes to recognize this great humanitarian's work to promote oral health and greater access to dental care, both here, among the most underprivileged, and elsewhere in the world, through Dentistes Sans Frontières, the co-operative organization he co-founded," said Dr. Legault.

Career highlights
After earning his degree in dentistry in 1962, Dr. Germain opened a private practice in Verdun, where he is still working today. Some years later, he was hired as a Lecturer at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Dentistry. In 1996, he joined the advisory committee on the teaching of dental hygiene at Collège Maisonneuve, and remained a member until 2004.

Elected as a Director of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec (ACDQ) in 1985, he later served as a Counsellor on the Executive Committee several times. Since 1998, he has also been serving as a Director of the Société de Services Dentaires. In 2006, he was made a lifetime member of the ACDQ in recognition of his commitment to his colleagues. In 2010, the Pierre Fauchard Academy awarded him a Certificate of Merit for distinguished service, and in 2011, he will be made a Fellow of the Académie dentaire du Québec.

Humanitarian actions extending beyond our borders
In 1999, Dr. Germain co-founded Dentistes Sans Frontières (DSF), affiliated with the international co-operation organization Terre Sans Frontières. He has since been pursuing his commitment to this humanitarian cause with an impact extending beyond our borders, both as a member of the DSF Executive Committee and on the missions he has undertaken since the founding of the organization, in particular in the Honduras.

Through his continuing commitment to teaching, Dr. Germain has contributed to improving the skills of future dentists, and hence the quality of dentistry in general. His contribution to professional activities and his devotion to his patients for close to 50 years are eloquent evidence of his professionalism.

As the recipient of the 2011 Prix Hommage of the ODQ, Dr. Germain will receive a blown glass sculpture evoking the different materials used in dentistry, including gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence.

About the Prix Hommage
The Prix Hommage of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec recognizes the exceptional contribution by one of its members to the development of the profession, in keeping with the Order's mandate to promote dental health and public protection.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents 4,600 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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