The Nominate a Veteran campaign by Vernon’s MidWest Dental Hygiene clinic will see one anonymous veteran receive two hours of dental care free of charge. Nominations close Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Midwest Dental Hygiene photo)

The Nominate a Veteran campaign by Vernon’s MidWest Dental Hygiene clinic will see one anonymous veteran receive two hours of dental care free of charge. Nominations close Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Midwest Dental Hygiene photo)

Vernon clinic to provide a veteran with free dental hygiene care

The public can nominate a veteran to receive two hours of free dental work by Nov. 19

A Vernon independent dental hygiene clinic is offering free service to those who served their country.

MidWest Dental Hygiene is holding its third annual Nominate a Veteran campaign, which will award an anonymous veteran with two hours of free chair time for preventative dental care.

MidWest’s Dayna Nipkow started the campaign in 2018 with the belief that Canadian society can, and should, do more for those who defended the country’s rights and freedoms when it comes to providing basic dental care.

“In my career in the dental field (2001- present) I have come to understand that veterans, upon discharge from the Canadian Forces, often have limited or no access to dental services with the benefits available to them from Veteran Affairs,” says Nipkow.

“I in no way fault Veterans Affairs, as there are many needs that they must address and oral health seems to slip through the proverbial cracks,” she added. “I feel this is unjust considering the service they have provided to us, their fellow Canadians.”

The public can nominate a veteran to receive care that falls within the dental hygiene scope of practice, which could include a soft tissue exam, scaling or root planing, x-rays, polishing and other oral care treatments.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Nov. 19. Ballots can be submitted online at www.nominateaveteran.ca, or in ballot boxes at the following Vernon locations:

  • Butcher Boys Grocery Store
  • Lakeview Market (32nd Ave. and 15th St.)
  • Fisher’s Home Hardware
  • Staples
  • Wayside Press
  • Spitfire Grill (at the Army-Navy Airforce Club Unit #5)
  • Eagles Hall
  • MidWest Dental Hygiene (located in the Vernon Dental Centre)
  • Mountain High Motor Company

READ MORE: Whole Foods reverses poppy ban for workers following heavy criticism

GALLERY: Vernon students remember veterans with poppies


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Remembrance DayVeterans

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dr. Albert de Villiers, Chief Medical Health Officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
‘People need to start listening’: IH top doc combats COVID-19 misconceptions

Dr. Albert de Villiers says light at the end of the tunnel will grow in step with people’s adherence to PHO guidance

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a suspect who rammed a police car to escape an arrest attempt. 
(File photo)
Lumby robbery suspect leaves empty handed, and gets caught

Armed suspect demanded cash and lottery tickets from Vernon Street business

Executive director of CMHA Vernon Julia Payson says the North Okanagan has incredible community-based mental health services that can help take the pressure off acute care in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but funding is necessary. (Contributed)
Calls to Vernon crisis line jump 63 per cent amid COVID-19

Studies find suicidal feelings deepen in second wave of pandemic; community resources need funding

Paul Nixon (centre) of Nixon Wenger LLP is recognized in 2014 as North Okanagan Community Life Society’s Good Guy of the Year by NOCLS Golf Classic committee members Ruby Sharma (left) and Rick Dubois, on the roof of the Nixon Wenger building on 30th Avenue. Tributes are pouring in for Nixon, who died of cancer Nov. 25 at the age of 72. (Morning Star file photo)
Tributes pour in for Vernon lawyer, community booster

Paul Nixon, founder of Nixon Wenger LLP, died Nov. 25 of cancer at age 72

A power outage on Westside Road affected thousands of residents Thursday morning. (BC Hydro map)
UPDATE: Power restored for thousands on Westside

Outage sparked early this morning due to equipment malfunction

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

(Pixabay)
Canadians’ mental health has deteriorated with the second wave, study finds

Increased substance use one of the ways people are coping

A private retail non-medical cannabis store has been proposed for the Mall at Piccadilly. The application will go to Salmon Arm Council’s planning meeting for a referral on Dec. 7. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Retail cannabis store proposed for Salmon Arm’s Mall at Piccadilly

Application to come to council’s planning meeting on Monday, Dec. 7.

Paule Moore, formerly known as Paule Seeger. (TNG Legal Services)
Kelowna lawyer to face disciplinary hearing over alleged misappropriated funds

Paule Moore, née Seeger, is accused of withdrawing client trust funds a number of times when she was not entitled to do so

A coal-fired power plant seen through dense smog from the window of an electric bullet train south of Beijing, December 2016. China has continued to increase thermal coal production and power generation, adding to greenhouse gas emissions that are already the world’s largest. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
LNG featured at B.C. energy industry, climate change conference

Hydrogen, nuclear, carbon capture needed for Canada’s net-zero goal

Access to a Bastion Road property in Sunnybrae was blocked with officers on scene on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (File photo)
Report clears RCMP actions that led to fatal shooting of Shuswap suspect

Independent Investigations Office of BC releases findings on Jan. 7 incident in Tappen

An RCMP officer confers with military rescuers outside their Cormorant helicopter near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
Good Samaritan helped Kootenay police nab, rescue suspect which drew armed forces response

Midway RCMP said a Good Samaritan helped track the suspect, then brought the arresting officer dry socks

Most Read