The Mirror, CAPD's Newsletter, June 2014 June, 2014 - Page 2
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Welcome to the reincarnation of The Mirror. Our journal is being revived
for the 21st century as an online publication. Many of you will remember
the print version which was maintained as a labour of love by our friend
Steve Baylin, who has since retired from pediatric dentistry. The electronic
version will be a change for many of you. But like all media in this age,
progress and change are inevitable. Over the years I expect The Mirror to
evolve with the needs of our membership.
My tenure as president of CAPD will close at the Montreal meeting in
September. The past two years have passed quickly, but I think that as an
organization we are better poised for the future. For that I would like to
thank all of you who serve on the Executive and on CAPD committees.
Our organization has in fact become better organized, now with both a
formal Ottawa head office overseen by Claire D'Amour, our Executive
Secretary, and through CAPD’s formal incorporation as a not-for-profit with
Industry Canada. Steve Gillick has been retained as our permanent Director of Operations at CAPD
and has provided us with consistent and sustained effort to move CAPD forward with our strategic
goals. By leaving the operational side of CAPD to professionals such as Steve and Claire, the CAPD
Executive is able to concentrate on the Academy’s strategy and progress. I hope this builds CAPD's
stature in Canada's health care circles, and allows us to project influence over public health policy and
increase public awareness of pediatric dentistry.
This greater organization does come at a cost and you will notice that membership dues have
increased by $70 per year. Our joint CAPD / AAPD membership continues to provide Canada's
pediatric dentists with great value and costs less than the AAPD membership alone. Many of you may
not realize it, but CAPD has not increased membership dues for over a decade and this increase is
due. The fee increase is designed to offset part of the increase in operating expenses; however, I want
to stress that the majority of these operational increases will be covered by a greater emphasis on
sponsorship of the Academy’s activities as well as advertising at the annual meetings and in The Mirror,
and not by further increasing membership dues.
The last two annual meetings were very successful and were very popular. So much so that some
members were disappointed that they could not attend. You have my apologies. For the meeting in
Montreal this September we have planned for extra capacity and the meeting promises to be our
biggest yet. I hope that every member who wishes to attend will be accommodated, but I will still
encourage you to register early despite the added capacity.
I will end with an appeal to the growing ranks of those who are new to pediatric dentistry in Canada,
and to those who have gained wisdom over the years and find themselves in a position to give back to
our community. ]