2013 Anita Tozer Memorial Award Recipient
Gospel Mission Dental Clinic
Since 2004, the Gospel Mission Dental Clinic has been giving Kelowna residents a whole new reason to smile. What started as a part time clinic being offered just twice a month has turned into a state of the art dental clinic that now serves low income families, seniors, those on assistance and the homeless.
Over the past 10 years, a team of 70 dentists have volunteered their time to treat more than 2000 patients. Along with the dentists, there have been countless dental assistants and hygienists as well who have volunteered their time, helping turn many frowns upside down.
This year, a scheduling conflict arose and it looked like the clinic might have to shut its doors for two months. Because there is such a high demand for this service, there is often a three to four month wait period. For the patients relying on this service, having to close for two months would have been catastrophic. But all it took were a few phone calls and more members of the local dental community stepped in to ensure the service could continue.
As they celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Gospel Mission Dental Clinic can smile at their accomplishment of providing nearly $2 million worth of free care to men, women and children in need. And that’s something to smile about!