This bursary was developed to recognize the significant contributions that Dr. Leake made (and continues to make) to dental public health in Canada.
Dr. Sonica Singhal
Changes in social inequality in smoking-attributable upper aero-digestive tract cancer mortality in Canadian males between 1986 and 2001 Sonica Singhal1*, Carlos R. Quiñonez1, and Prabhat Jha2
1Community Dental Health Services Research Unit, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2Centre for Global Health Research, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Singhal is a dental graduate from Delhi University, India, having a clinical experience of more than ten years. She then pursued Master of Public Health program at the University of New South Wales, Australia. A clear focus and motivation to pull together her expertise in dentistry and public health led her to start the PhD program at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. Her research interests include prevention of chronic diseases in socially disadvantaged population.
Dr. Alyssa Hayes
Time loss due to oral health issues in the Canadian population A HAYES*, A AZARPAZHOOH, L DEMPSTER, V RAVAGHI, C QUIÑONEZ
Discipline of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
Dr. Hayes completed a Bachelors of Dentistry (Hons) in 2006 from the University of Sydney, Australia. After which she worked in rural New South Wales as a Public Dentist for over two years. She is currently completing a MSc in Dental Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the economic impacts of oral health issues, access to care in rural and remote regions and geriatric dentistry.
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.