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Committees support the work of Council. Committees include elected and public members of Council, and Registered Dental Hygienists who are not on Council (non-Council members).

Statutory Committees

The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 requires CDHO to have in place the following committees:


  • Supports and facilitates the functions of the Council and other committees.
  • Makes decisions between Council meetings.

Three elected RDHs: Terri Strawn (President/Chair); Michelle Atkinson (Vice-President); Vanessa Pereira
Two public appointees: Loree Beniuk; Erin Betts

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports

  • Investigates complaints, inquiries, concerns, or mandatory reports regarding the conduct and/or competence of Registered Dental Hygienists in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Makes decisions about such investigations.

Four elected RDHs: Michelle Atkinson (Chair); Anne-Marie Conaghan; Balbir Sohi; Mary Yeomans
Four public appointees: Loree Beniuk; Erin Betts; Sasha Sidhu; Margaret Wade
Four non-Council: Paula Benbow; Christina Mitas; Tonia Peachman-Faust; Larissa Voytek


  • Holds hearings about professional misconduct or incompetence of Registered Dental Hygienists who have been referred by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.

All of Council: Maheen Cassim (Chair); Vanessa Pereira (Vice-Chair)
Minimum of two non-Council: Amanda Acker; Siobhan Brennen; Gillian Dunn; Rowena Javier; Paula Malcomson

Fitness to Practise

  • Holds hearings to determine if a Registered Dental Hygienist has a physical or mental condition or disorder that adversely affects (or might) their ability to practise safely.

Members: All of Council

Patient Relations

  • Advises Council on matters related to abuse prevention.
  • Leads College public outreach programs.

Two elected RDHs: Juli Kreutner (Chair); Farzana Hussein
Three public appointees: Loree Beniuk; Pella Giabanis; Sasha Sidhu
One non-Council: Paula Malcomson

Quality Assurance

  • Guides the development and implementation of the QA program.
  • Monitors participation and evaluates the program.

Three elected RDHs: Vanessa Pereira (Chair); Jennifer Cooper; Balbir Sohi
Two public appointees: Alex Greco (term ended in May 2024); Margaret Wade
Two non-Council: Tonia Peachman-Faust; Wendy Wardlaw


  • Assesses applicants’ qualifications to practise dental hygiene.
  • Determines whether applicants need further study to meet program, practice, examination and/or good character requirements.
  • Determines whether to impose any additional requirements or restrictions – called terms, conditions or limitations – on an application for registration.

Three elected RDHs: Anne-Marie Conaghan (Chair); Michelle Atkinson; Maheen Cassim
Two public appointees: Pella Giabanis; Angelica Palantzas
One non-Council: Lisa Frisch

Non-Statutory Committees

CDHO Council creates non-statutory or ad-hoc committees to review specific issues that are beyond the mandate of statutory committees.

Ownership Linkage

  • Establishes and maintains a three-year plan to ensure that Council has intentional and constructive dialogue and deliberation with the public, primarily around the organization’s ends.

Minimum two elected RDHs: Krista Dufour (Chair); Terri Strawn
Two public appointees: Martin Iyamabo; Margaret Wade


  • Responsible for advising Council on elements of the effective governance of the organization and function of the Council.

Two elected RDHs: Michelle Atkinson (Chair); Terri Strawn
One public appointee: Erin Betts