Posted by cdhmweb On June - 19 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Call-for-Nominations-June-2011-Final.pdf-page-1-of-6At this time, the CDHM is extending a Call for Nominations for three (3) registered dental hygienists who are interested in serving on the CDHM Council for a three (3) year term (2015 – 2018). Council appeals to registrants from rural Manitoba to apply for at least one of the vacant positions as they strive to balance representation of the profession as a whole on council. Please note, information on per diems and travel expenses can be answered through the College.

The election to fill the Council vacancies will occur at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), planned for October 24, 2015.

Members who are eligible to serve on Council must:

  • Be on the Register of Dental Hygienists (Practising or Non-Practising).
  • Be in good standing on the date of the election.
  • Have a minimum of two years practice of dental hygiene in Canada.

Now is the opportune time to consider the difference your participation on CDHM Council could make. If you or someone you know is interested in contributing their time, talent and wisdom to the growth of the College, please submit the following form to the CDHM office no later than Friday, July 31, 2015:

In keeping with its commitment to governance excellence, Council is seeking individuals who have characteristics that support the goals and core values of the organization:

  • Commitment to linking with the legal and moral ownership (the public and registrants of the College), understanding that the Council acts as stewards of the College on behalf of the entire moral ownership rather than specific individuals, interest groups or organizations.
  • Ability to see the big picture and is willing to deal with the vision in the long term.
  • Interest in and capability to discuss the values underlying the actions taken in the organization, and to govern through the broader formulation of those values.
  • Moral courage and the willingness to value reasonable risk and innovation that furthers the organization.
  • Willingness to delegate the operational detail to others.
  • Ability and willingness to deal with the vision and the long term, rather than the day to day details.
  • Ability and willingness to participate assertively in deliberation, while respecting the opinions of others.
  • Willingness and commitment to honor council policies and decisions.
  • Willingness to engage in the orientation, training and ongoing study and application of the Policy Governance® model of governance.
  • Access to a working computer and computer savviness.

CDHM Council Role and Responsibilities:

  • Attending all Council meetings and the AGM. Council meetings will be held 4 to 5 times per year at a time mutually agreeable to all.
  • Providing governance and leadership to the College through administration of the Act, Regulations and By-Laws.
  • Exercising the rights, powers and privileges of the College on behalf of the College.
  • Establishing and monitoring registration and continuing competency requirements.
  • Appointing and overseeing the work of the committees established.
  • Establishing and monitoring Regulations, By-Laws, Standards of Practice and Competencies.
  • Providing direction to the Registrar.

If you are a person willing, or someone who can encourage a colleague, to apply for a Council position please submit by mail, fax or email a nomination and biography forms to the CDHM Office that can be found on our website at

If Council work is not for you but you have an interest in volunteering for a working group, committee or individual task/events that the College may need assistance with please contact us at

On behalf of the Nominations Committee,

Patti Hawthorn
Chair, Nominations Committee

Posted by cdhmweb On June - 17 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Congratulations and welcome to Ms. May De Guzman, who is the newest member of the Board of Assessors (BOA).

The College is very fortunate to hire this fabulous dental hygienist who has a varied background in the dental field as a dental assistant and as a clinical dental hygienist. Ms. De Guzman will be a definite asset to this important committee. May started in the dental field as a dental assistant in 2001. She enjoyed working with people and helping other’s achieve confidence through their smile. She loved the team aspect of a dental office and how each facet relied on the other in order to function. May was encouraged by a dentist to go back to school and after some thought, took on the challenge. She was accepted into University of Manitoba’s School of Dental Hygiene and graduated in 2006.  May is currently working part time as a dental hygienist and when she is not working she is enjoying raising her 3 beautiful children.

With the guidance and mentorship of our experienced BOA’s, Ms. Janis Gojda, Ms. Kristin Holt and Ms. Natasha Kravtsov a BOA orientation session will be held for Ms. De Guzman shortly.

At this time I would like to personally thank all of the Board of Assessors who have made a strong commitment to their Regulatory Body, specifically Ms. Lila Jorheim MacInnes who has now completed her term with the Board of Assessors. Ms. MacInnes has been a Board of Assessor since the creation of the CDHM. She has worked tirelessly in this role and I cannot thank her enough for her passion and commitment to the CDHM.

Thank you,

Stephanie Gordon, BA, RDH
Registrar/Executive Director
College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba

Posted by cdhmweb On May - 12 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

I am very pleased to announce that Ms. Sheryl Sloshower is the successful candidate for the newly created Deputy Registrar position. Sheryl is a committed, passionate dental hygienist with forty years of clinical, academic and leadership experience. She has built her professional career within a variety of roles and responsibilities. In 2012, Sheryl graduated from the University of Manitoba Baccalaureate in Dental Hygiene.

From its inception, Sheryl was a key member of the Continuing Competency Program Committee of the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM), which established the Continuing Competency Program (CCP). She has served as the CDHM CCP coordinator for the past 5 years leading the program from its infancy ensuring its success.

Sheryl is a University of Manitoba (UM) faculty member with the College of Dentistry, School of Dental Hygiene (SDH). Her talents as an educator are enjoyed by students in the curricula areas of clinical patient care, interprofessional education and health promotion. In 2012, Sheryl was honoured by the students with a UM teaching excellence award. Her work has been presented at conferences such as the American Dental Educators Association, Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and the Canadian Association of Continuing Health Education. Sheryl volunteers her time by serving on CDHM, SDH and Sigma Phi Alpha committees.

Please welcome Sheryl to her new role as Deputy Registrar.

Thank you,

Stephanie Gordon RDH BA
Registrar/Executive Director
College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba

Posted by cdhmweb On April - 30 - 2015ADD COMMENTS


The Continuing Competency Program (CCP) review for 2015 is about to begin. The registrants who have been selected for the full assessment/audit will be contacted by registered mail one month prior to the April 30th deadline. Only those registrants will have to submit their CCP documents. Audited registrants will submit CCP documents for:

2013 (May 1, 2012-April 30, 2013)
2014 (May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014)
2015 (May 1, 2014-April 30, 2015)

Please note: at the beginning of the Professional Activity Record (PAR) form, one must provide a brief synopsis of what has been learned as an attendee or a participant.

As you are aware, the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM) is directed to comply with the provincial government under The Dental Hygienists Act to carry out its activities and govern its members in a manner that serves and protects the public interest. In protecting the public, the college ensures that dental hygienists are educated to perform safe, competent and ethical dental hygiene services by adhering to current jurisdictional legislation. Section 17 of The Dental Hygienists Act requires Council to establish a Continuing Competency Program.

Most importantly, the CCP was established according to the CDHM Competencies which were approved by Manitoba Health:

CDHM Assessment Competency #64: The Dental Hygienist assesses own continuing competence/quality assurance (e.g. through reflective practice, formalized self-assessment, mentor relationships, peer review, supervisor feedback, etc.)

CDHM Planning Competency #21: The Dental Hygienist develops a written plan to address continuing competence/quality assurance goals.

When the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) is enacted it will be the legal framework under which all regulated health professions will be governed and must follow. This legislation ensures all health professions in Manitoba are governed by consistent, uniform legislation and regulations with a focus on patient protection.

The CDHM is mandated by the RHPA to establish a continuing competency program as follows:

87(1) A council must establish, by regulation, a continuing competency program to maintain the competence of the members and to enhance the practice of the regulated health profession. The program may provide for, but is not limited to,

(a) reviewing the professional competence of members;

(b) requiring members to participate in programs intended to ensure competence; and (c) conducting practice audits in accordance with this Act.

All regulated colleges recognize that an effective continuing competency program is a key responsibility that professions undertake in return for the privilege of professional self-governance. Continuing competency is a centerpiece of Manitoba’s system of self-governance for health care professions. Hence, the CCP is a mandatory component of both The Dental Hygienists Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act.

The CDHM complies with the legislative requirements and continuously reviews the CCP requirements. Through this work and the competent practice of our members, we strive to engender public confidence in the dental hygiene profession.

Posted by cdhmweb On March - 30 - 2015ADD COMMENTS