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Sask Polytech dental faculty member recognized nationally

Diane Edwards receives DAEC award for outstanding educator


October 27, 2015 - The Dental Assisting Educators of Canada (DAEC) recently announced Saskatchewan Polytechnic faculty member Diane Edwards as the recipient of their 2015 Award for Outstanding Educator. As a national body, DAEC provides the opportunity for its members to enhance and articulate dental assistant education in Canada.

The criteria for the DAEC Award for Outstanding Educator includes: contributes to a positive culture, brings the best of themselves to work consistently, is a good ambassador and is a team player. For the past 27 years Diane has educated dental assisting students on the provision of quality care, assessments, procedures, and patient counselling. Diane is a positive, passionate, respectful instructor. She has exceptional interpersonal and communication skills when working with peers, students and employers.  

"This award is a testament to Diane's commitment to students and dental assisting education," says Dean Lynda Kushnir Pekrul. "We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and the work she does in collaboration with her colleagues. Our students are provided excellent opportunities in the dental care field, and certainly learn what it means to be a caring health professional."

Dental assistants play many roles, from chair-side assisting to client education to office reception. It's a client-focused, team-based work environment. This makes attention to detail, commitment to high standards, good decision-making skills and good communication skills a must for students entering our program.

The Sask Polytech Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs provide dental care services to members of the general public through the Regina campus dental clinic throughout the academic year. Students gain clinical experience under the supervision of licensed professionals. The programs are nationally accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 26,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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