Dianne Stojak is a Community Service Learning Instructor from the VCC Dental Hygiene Program
Dianne presented information on VCC Dental Hygiene Service Learning Slidesat an International Dental Conference at UBC on June 17 and 18, 2010. The conference focused on oral health inequities in our growing Senior and Aboriginal populations, particularly those with lower socio-economic status.
The conference was co-sponsored by The Canadian Institute for Health Research, the UBC Elders Group, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Provincial Health Associations of BC. Participants included international leaders in community service learning from post-secondary institutes around the world as well as key representatives from Health Canada
The Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning (CSL) defines CSL as an educational approach integrating community service with intentional learning activities. Educational institutions and community organizations work together toward outcomes that are mutually beneficial. Students, educators, and communities build partnerships to learn from each other while working together in innovative ways to strengthen individuals, communities, and society.
Dianne will continue to be a key respondent from the dental hygiene perspective in future interprofessional action research with the UBC Elders Group in the Faculty of Dentistry. The Dental Hygiene Program at VCC has been involved in community service learning and outreach since 1986 with various public health agencies, hospitals, extended care facilities, schools and other communities in the Vancouver Lower Mainland region. Our expertise and knowledge will be valued and appreciated by the newly formed Interprofessional Action Research group.
Dianne Stojak has a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the University of Manitoba, A Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria. She has been active in dental hygiene practice for over thirty years mostly in community health and education roles. She has been an instructor in the Dental Hygiene program at Vancouver Community College since it began in 1986. Dianne has been an active board member on the BC Dental Hygienists Association and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. She managed the consulting team that designed the Residential Care Registration for the College of Dental Hygienists of BC