Valentines, and having a heart, go hand in hand. Again this year, The Brace Space, Stuart Davidson Orthodontics, Citadel Oral Surgery and Bezanson Orthodontics teamed together to organize the Learn to Give Event, CE for Charity. Participants came from all over the Maritimes to take part in this event. This year marked the fourth year for Learn to Give, and to date, over an incredible $100,000 has been raised for children’s charities in the Halifax area! Together with very generous sponsors and with 100% of the proceeds going to charity, this year’s event raised $37,246 for Brigadoon Village, a charity that makes it possible for children with chronic illnesses to go to camp and to Phoenix House, a community based organization, dedicated to helping youth and their families in the Halifax area! The 2019 event brought an extraordinary group of speakers to the podium who inspired all those in attendance. They were all excellent presentations, all of them donating to the cause of learning and giving. A true gift from the heart. We are so grateful for everyone who helped make this day a tremendous success. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Davidson and Dr. Dan Stuart and their teams, for being voted as the Consumer Choice Award winners for Top Orthodontist in Halifax for 2019. This marks the 7th year in a row that these orthodontists have been awarded this prestigious award. Our clinics would like to thank everyone who voted, and for the Consumer Choice Award organization for creating a platform of this type, where people can vote and where business leaders from many professions can come together and share ideas and plans for how best to serve our people and the communities that we live in. We are not complacent, and will continue to strive to live up to this honor bestowed upon our clinics. It has always been our mission to be strong supporters of our community and to that we are staying true. Another part of our mission is to bring the newest technology right here to your doorstep. We travel far and wide to get the latest information and the newest technology and make it accessible right here in our communities. It is quite powerful to be recognized for our work, but to add to that it, we love what we do. We help create functional, beautiful smiles, and every day we are reminded by our patients of how we helped change their lives. Thank you to our community and to our patients for their incredible support. Presenting the award is Karen Rostek from CCA. Also pictured are Dr. Davidson's husband Trevor, and Dr. Stuart's wife Lisa, all who share in this honour.
Our Orthodontists Dr. Sarah Davidson and Dr. Dan Stuart are very involved in community support and in particular their support with various children's charities in the Halifax and surrounding areas. They see many youth on a daily basis and recognize the importance of all the hard work and dedication that goes into making sure their young patients have the help they need, when they need it. The Laing House is no exception and the Masquerade Ball gives supporters a chance to have some fun, mingle with friends and support a great cause. Just how did Laing House come to be? Rosemary and Keith Hamilton knew something was wrong with their son. His behaviour had changed, and he was isolating himself from his friends and family. While the Hamiltons were struggling to help their child, Rosemary’s mother, Norah Laing, passed away and left a generous bequest. They knew just what they should do. The Hamiltons started talking to the community about what was lacking in the system. Along with friends and colleagues, they also researched youth-based mental health services across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Through the bequest, the Hamiltons were able to purchase a Victorian House on Barrington Street. Laing House opened the doors in 2001 and became the first youth-based peer support organization in Canada. For the first two years the Hamiltons fully funded operations. The organization has grown since that time and funding sources now include the United Way, corporations, grants, individual donations and their signature special event - the Laing House Masquerade Ball. Without their vision and hard work, youth with mental illness would not have a place to find supportive peers. And they also would not be able to benefit from programs like education and employment, art, meals, camping and more. We are grateful to have this in our community.
The Brace Space is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring Eric Walters, Canada’s prominent author of books for children and young adults, to address grades 3-6 at Eaglewood Elementary School in Bedford on Friday, October 5th. Dr. Davidson learned that some of the teachers were studying the author’s books in her community school and because she knew Eric Walters personally, she had the golden opportunity to connect author and students! What an amazing experience these children will have! Eric Walters and Sarah Davidson from The Brace Space have been family friends since she was a young girl. For 2 weeks, every summer, ten years running, Eric Walters and his family drove to Nova Scotia with his wife Anita, their three children, Christina, Nicholas and Julia and made it their home. In fact ideas for some of his books were initiated and/or researched while in Nova Scotia! Eric Walters' first book was written for his very own grade 5 class in which he was the teacher. His vision was to engage the children to read and write on their own, and at the same time to develop an interest in literature. That was in 1993 and the rest is history. Now 100 published books later he has inspired a lot of young minds! Eric Walters is a very talented, highly accomplished, decorated author who travels all over the world to present to groups, but it’s never about him as much as it is about what he can do for others. Because of his education and life experience, he has a world of knowledge as a teacher, a crisis intervention officer, a writer, and co-founder of an orphanage in Kikima, Kenya, but he is also an amazing and supportive husband, dad and grandfather. He was recently recognized in receiving The Order of Canada for his contributions to literacy and social justice. He loves children of all ages, sports, literature, jazz music, TED Talks, (presenting one himself), his country of Canada, and the list goes on. He has a very informative website http://www.ericwalters.net/about/ where you can learn many interesting things about his writing and himself. We are very excited that your local orthodontist could sponsor this event in our community of Bedford!
Another year and another very successful CE for Charity, Learn to Give Event! Our Orthodontists, Dr. Sarah Davidson, Dr. Dan Stuart and Dr. Ric Bezanson together with Citadel Oral Surgery and the support of a group of generous sponsors, arranged a series of lectures for Dentists and Dental Professionals from across Nova Scotia. The event was held at the Halifax Central Library and participants were able to listen to the lecturers, earn Continuing Education points and help the community at large. All proceeds were divided equally between Children’s Make a Wish and Phoenix Youth Programs, to help with their programs and make good things happen for children and adults in our area. This year we are so pleased to announce that an amazing $31,000.00 was realized for our 2 charities! We thank Ken Thompson from snap'd Dartmouth for his interest in and pictures of the event, and we applaud our Doctors' efforts to not only work in the Halifax/Dartmouth area, but also to put time, effort and support behind events such as these to make things a little easier for others. Congratulations to all!
We received this lovely message from Michelle Hardiman Comeau. It was sent following a most heartwarming event and we thought we would share the link with you. The message reads: Thank you Brace Space for your generous donation to the Halifax West Boys Hockey Team Fundraiser! Sponsors like you help in supporting young athletes play the game they love! On behalf of the players, coaches and parents, we graciously thank you for your support! Please see link to the recent ‘Pink in the Rink’ special Cancer Society fundraiser held last weekend! http://www.curtainsareopen.com/2017/10/29/pink-in-the-rink/
For the third year in a row Dr. Sarah Davidson and Dr. Dan Stuart from The Brace Space helped sponsor the West Bedford soccer league. It is an amazing opportunity for little children to get out and enjoy exercise, fresh air and learn new skills. It also helps give the area a sense of community. Along with the young student coaches and parent organizers, many parents can be seen out supporting, visiting with their neighbors and just being there for their children. Such a beautiful setting and one we love to support! Congratulations West Bedford on another successful season!!
The Kids Help Phone receives $21,162.35!! The Brace Space, Stuart Davidson Orthodontics and Citadel Oral and Facial Surgery, recently partnered to present the first annual 'Learn to Give' event in Halifax. They organized, and then presented lectures, at this Continuing Education event for Dental professionals from across the province. 100% of the proceeds were donated to charity and this year we were pleased to present Shelley Richardson, the Atlantic Director of Kids Help Phone, a cheque for $21,162.35. Our donation will hopefully help make it easier for children in our local communities get help when they need it most. Pictured (left to right) Dr. Dan Stuart, Shelly Richardson, Dr. Marco Chiarot, Dr. Sarah Davidson, Dr. Ric Bezanson, Dr. Joel Powell. Congratulations to all on this successful event.
We want to recognize and congratulate all Dental Assistants on this, the Dental Assistant recognition week. A special shout out to our very own Orthodontic Dental Assistants. They are three multi talented and knowledgeable health care professionals who are essential to the success of our team. We appreciate everything they do to make the patient and clinic experience the best there is! Thank you Nicole, Tiffany and Sara!
This season makes us think about giving. We wanted to share a beautiful story with our readers. Recently, Anita from our staff visited an orphanage in Kenya which was started by family friends, Eric Walters, a prominent Canadian author, and his wife, Anita. Dr Davidson packed as many toothbrushes and as much toothpaste as one suitcase could hold to be taken to the Hope Development Centre. All the children could be seen out in the morning at the water tap brushing away with their new toothbrushes. Smiles to melt the heart, from Canada to Kenya and back again.
One of the best parts of our job is to hear about what our patients are up to. Bailie recently won National Canadian Tween Miss Nova Scotia, smiling all the way, with braces on!!!! She is a multi talented and philanthropic young lady who we know will succeed in anything she puts her mind and smile to.
Many summer sports programs would not be possible without the time and dedication of people in our community who help organize and coach programs for our little ones. It takes time and dedication to organize teams and field times, and then capture the attention of the children and at the same time teach them new skills. This coach was asking these children, why are we here? To which they gave a resounding, TO HAVE FUN!!!
This summer we supported our local soccer teams to help give children the opportunity to get out and have fun, while learning new skills and working together as a team. Because we live right here in this community we enjoy going and seeing so many children, their parents and coaches out spending time together in a healthy and meaningful way.
Last night marked the end of a very successful run of The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, held in Halifax every year since 1979. We were able to attend, and what we witnessed was a truly magnificent show of music, song, verse, acrobatics and dance, to mention a few. Our very own patient, Coleen, was one of the talented choristers who added her beautiful voice to this spectacular event. Congratulations to all, on an amazing performance.
We had fun doing a quick photo shoot of our talented patient in the office the other day! Gavin just recently starred in the Young Actors Company production of Jane Eyre. In December he was in Neptune's Young Performers Company production of Avenue Q. In May he is heading to New York to make connections with the Broadway scene. Check out this dramatic shot!
We were happy to support the cast and crew of CP Allen’s production of Footloose! We especially enjoyed seeing our patient Gavin take to the stage! Here are some photos from the wrap party at Gojis!