This bursary was developed to recognize the significant contributions that Dr. Leake made (and continues to make) to dental public health in Canada.
Dr. Paola Calvasina
Does the "healthy immigrant effect" apply to oral health?: An analysis of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC)
Paola Calvasina*1, Carles Muntaner2, Carlos Quiñonez3
1University of Toronto. Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, 2Faculty of Nursing, Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Toronto, 3Specialty Training Program in Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.
Dr. Calvasina received her DDS in 2002 from the University of Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Brazil. Since then, she worked as a public dentist in the Brazilian Family Health Program (2002-2005), as district manager of oral health programs in the city of Fortaleza (2005-2008), and taught Community Dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil (2006-2008). She holds a Master of Public Health from Ceará State University, Brazil (2003-2005). Dr. Calvasina is currently a PhD candidate at the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health at the Faculty of Dentistry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Her research interests include immigrants’ oral health disparities, access to dental care, and transnational dental utilization.
Ms. Shannon Melanson
The Experiences of Families whose Children Access Dental Care under the Healthy Kids Dental Program of BC
University of British Columbia
Sharon Melanson is a dental hygienist who has worked in public health for over 25 years, focusing on Access to Care issues for the last 10 years. In 2005 she received a YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her work in establishing the social dental clinic in Kelowna. She has just completed her Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus in Kelowna. It was her years of experience in public health, hearing first-hand the stories of parent’s struggles to obtain dental care for their children that lead to her research of the Healthy Kids Dental Program.
James (Jim) Leake retired from Community Dentistry, Department of Biological and Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. For over 28 years he taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Faculty, and for almost all of those years he served as both head of the division and program director for the specialty training program in dental public health. From 2006 to 2008 he served as President of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He previously worked as executive director of dental services for the Province of Manitoba (1975-1980) where he and others set-up a dental therapist delivered provincial dental program for children, modeled closely on that of the Saskatchewan Dental Program.
Dr. Leake authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has continue to investigate issues around the oral health of First Nations people, fluoridation, oral health policy and access to care. During the much of the period that the National School of Dental Therapy was operated by the University of Toronto, he worked closely with the school's director on various development and evaluation projects for the national school. He and Dr. Keith Davey, the school's director, held a 6-year development grant to train therapists and upgrade the service delivery program for Dominica (BWI). He has served as President of the Ontario Public Health Association and as a consultant to the Federal Government's First Nations and Inuit dental health program, and internationally for the Pan American Health Organization and therapy programs in the West Indies. He was awarded the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry's Distinguished Service Award in 2004, an Honourary Life Membership by the Ontario Public Health Association in 2006, an Honourary Life Membership by both the CAPHD and the OSPHD in 2008 and a Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Dental Association in 2010. He now serves as an examiner in dental public health for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
Jim and his wife Beth now live in Kingston, Ontario, where they are closer to their two daughters and their families.