Community support bolsters Sidney’s charity dental clinic

Volunteer dentists have seen around 300 young patients since the start of a charitable clinic in Sidney two years ago.

ORCCA board chair Heather Burkett hugs one of the dental program’s participants

Volunteer dentists have seen around 300 young patients since the start of a charitable clinic in Sidney two years ago.

On March 16, the board of directors, staff and dentist volunteers of the Oral Care of Children and Adolescents dental care society held an appreciation even at Canoe Cove Joe’s restaurant in North Saanich. It was a way, says Board Chair Heather Burkett, to recognize the many people and organizations who helped make the clinic a reality.

This year, the clinic marked its second anniversary, opening in 2015 in a renovated portable at Sidney Elementary School. Burkett said it took around three years prior to that to get the society off the ground. It’s goal is to provide free basic dental services to children and teens whose families cannot afford regular dental care.

Burkett added that it has been the ongoing support from the community that made it possible.

“Without all of your help, ORCCA would never exist,” she told a group of people who filled the cafe at the Canoe Cove Marina.

Recently, the clinic was visited by the Saanich Peninsula Fruitgrowers Association, after they had heard about the program in local media. Burkett said they immediately made a donation — which in turn helped out about “a dozen kids.”

Other organizations like the various Rotary clubs in Sidney have helped outfit the clinic with needed equipment. Burkett added the Town of Sidney has also been very helpful, enabling the society to thrive.

“They’ve been really special to us.”

One of the clinic’s young patients, Paige, thanked ORCCA for its work, and for the dental services she received, helping her overcome her pain.

The clinic, which is open a few days each month — and at least once per week — depending on dentists’ volunteer times, sees young people who have, on average, eight cavities.

Burkett added the society is always in need of dentists who are able to donate their time.

April is Dental Month, Burkett noted, adding there will be local activities in area schools to promote better teeth health among children.

“It does your heart a lot of good, living in a community that can support such a service.”

For more information about ORCCA, visit orccadental.org.

Just Posted

Sidney lowers flag to half mast in honour of former fire chief

Mel Baldwin died June 21 at the age of 83; served Sidney Fire for 46 years

Sidney BIA says sad goodbye to president and executive director

Susan Simosko and Donna Petrie leave, board members fill new positions

Tips from BC Ferries for travelling this Canada Day long weekend

Tips from BC Ferries for smooth sailing this Canada Day long weekend

Slow down for maintenance on the Malahat this week

Minor touch-ups and repairs scheduled Monday through Thursday

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Vancouver Island

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots… Continue reading

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Most Read