Orléans dentist honoured with award

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By Kelly Snider

Local dentist Dr. Elizabeth MacSween was honoured when she received the Ontario Dental Association award for her contribution to the profession of dentistry for the past 20 years.

Dr. MacSween with her award.

:"It's a real honour," said MacSween. "It is the second highest award so it is a real honour to have received it."

MacSween has been practicing for a total of 34 years-with 33 of those years being in Orléans. Along with serving the public, she also sits on the board with Watercan, a non-government organization that services and provides clean water and sanitation services to eastern Africa.

"I've been to Ethiopia with Watercan to oversee some of the projects happening and meet with the partners that provides the services. Since we have set up clean water in certain areas, we have recently been able to set up small health clinics too."

MacSween has also done work in Dominican providing dental services for Haitian farm workers, and went to Senegal with her son to provide dental service.

Although MacSween has given her time across the world, she is also dedicated to helping out here at home.

"It certainly is something in need across the world, but the need is also great in our own backyard. My mother said charity begins at home and I'm quite convinced that's true."

MacSween has volunteered at The Mission downtown to provide free dental services to the less fortunate.

"Sometimes I'll do fillings, extraction, or if I'm notified in advanced, I'll bring my little kit and do a root canal."

MacSween describes the volunteering as a wonderful experience.

"The people I've met are more than police, very thankful, kind and pleasant."

MacSween plans to keep working with WaterCan, but has currently made her family a priority.

"Sometimes it's so hard to balance, but I'll continue to practice and volunteer where I can, while also being there for my parents."

Organizations: Watercan

Geographic location: Orléans, Eastern Africa, Ethiopia

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