Vernon dental clinic gets a financial boost

The Kalamalka Rotary Club and the Rotary Foundation have donated $17,000

Significant support has rallied behind a Vernon organization that ensures access to dental care.

The Kalamalka Rotary Club and the Rotary Foundation have donated $17,000 to the Community Dental Access Centre so it can purchase digital X-ray sensors.

“We’re very grateful to Kal Rotary which has been a supporter all along,” said Terri Jones, centre executive director, of the club’s $8,500 donation.

“Receiving another $8,500 through the Rotary Foundation district grant program is fantastic. By combining the grants we are able to purchase equipment that before was out of our reach.”

The Community Dental Access Centre is a non-profit, low-cost dental clinic which provides basic restorative and hygiene services to low-income residents in the North Okanagan.

The new equipment will create efficiencies at the centre.

“We will have instant, high quality images instead of developing film in an old processor,”   sad Jones.

“We will be better able to diagnose serious dental problems and bone loss. This is extremely important for our clients.”

The Community Dental Access Centre celebrates its first anniversary Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 3107C 31st Ave.

There will be an open house to acknowledge the Rotary grants, the first year of operations and conduct the society’s AGM.

“The Kalamalka Rotary Club has been committed to the Community Dental Access Centre since inception,” said Annette Sharkey, Kal Rotarian.

“We’re very pleased that our application for a district matching grant was approved.”