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Dr. Jean Bodnar JEAN BODNAR [DMD/87]
UMDAA Alumni of Distinction Award Winner

Dr. Jean Bodnar has earned the respect of her peers, colleagues and patients for her professionalism, dedication to excellence and commitment to service.

Bodnar grew up in Lethbridge, Alta. After obtaining a bachelor of science degree from the University of Alberta in 1983, she moved to Winnipeg to attend the U of M, graduating in the Dentistry Class of 1987. She then completed a one-year general dental internship at Health Sciences Centre.

In 1988, Bodnar joined Dr. Bill Norgate’s practice in St. Vital as an associate. Eight years later, she started her own practice, still sharing the same space.In 2008, she bought Norgate’s practice and renamed the office Norberry Dental Centre. The partnership came full circle, with Norgate working as her associate until he retired.

After nearly 30 years in practice, Bodnar’s success is a testament to her clinical excellence, strong work ethic and outstanding interpersonal skills.

She shared her expertise as a part-time instructor in oral diagnosis at the U of M dental school from 1989 to 1995. During this period, she also provided clinical services to clients with developmental disabilities at St. Amant Centre. Since 2006, she has been a consultant with the Head and Neck Disease Site Group at CancerCare Manitoba.

She has been an inspiring mentor to dentistry students. “A good role model is positive, calm and confident in themselves,” her nominator wrote. “This is true of Jean Bodnar.”

In 2001, she became only the second woman, and first female U of M dentistry graduate, to be elected president of the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA).

Known for being highly principled, Bodnar chaired the MDA peer review committee in 2002-2003 and again in 2008-2015. For the past two years, she has served as lead investigator for the peer review committee – a role that requires sound ethical judgment and dedication to public protection.

She has been recognized with two MDA Certificates of Merit and in 2009 received the association’s highest honour, the President’s Award of Merit.

She is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and of the International College of Dentists (ICD). She is currently the deputy regent representing Manitoba in the Canadian Section of the ICD.

Bodnar has enriched many Manitobans’ lives through her generosity, integrity and steadfast leadership, making her a most worthy honoree as an alumna of distinction.


Carol Yakiwchuk

Recipient of the UMSDHAA Alumni of Distinction Award

A proud alumna of the University of Manitoba’s School of Dental Hygiene, Carol Yakiwchuk received her diploma in dental hygiene in 1992. She was the first recipient of the U of M’s bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene in 2010.

Yakiwchuk, who lives in North Vancouver, broadened her education with a master’s degree in health studies and leadership from Athabaska University in 2012.

Her nominators describe her as “an inspirational colleague whose passion, genuine care and thoroughness benefit those she serves.”

Yakiwchuk’s distinguished career has included positions in clinical practice, management, consulting, and educational roles at universities, colleges, regulatory authorities and associations. She is currently oral health manager of the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia. She is passionate about ensuring that First Nations people have access to culturally relevant and safe programs and services.

Her leadership experience includes appointments as a board member, chairperson and president of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, governor of the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board and member of national and regional steering committees.

Yakiwchuk was a founding oral health promotion specialist at the U of M’s Centre for Community Oral Health (CCOH) in 2000. Then, as manager of the CCOH Health Promotion Unit, she contributed to groundbreaking caregiver training programs and research focused on adults who depend on others for their oral care. She was a key contributor to the efforts that resulted in Manitoba’s Dental Hygienists Act in 2005.

A recipient of more than 20 grants and awards, Yakiwchuk was honoured in 2016 with the Golisano Health Leadership Award. It recognized her dedicated volunteer work with the Special Olympics’ Special Smiles health program, serving people with intellectual disabilities.

Her tireless devotion to supporting and promoting oral health, exemplary service to the profession and advocacy for those who are most vulnerable make her a most deserving recipient of the University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene Alumni Association 2017 Alumni of Distinction Award.