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Polytech volunteers provide free dental and health services

150 students, faculty and professionals participate in Health and Wellness Day.
Participants in Sask Polytech’s Health and Wellness Day provided services to Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Regina Immigrant Women Centre clients

REGINA — Students and volunteers came together at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic dental clinic at Regina Campus on April 6, to provide quality health care to 71 clients from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Regina Open Door Society. Volunteers and students completed $53,456 worth of dentistry work.

Over 150 dentists, dental therapists, denturists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, nurses and Sask Polytech students, faculty and staff volunteered their expertise and time.  Clients come in before Health and Wellness Day for screenings and exams, this allows volunteers to focus on treatment plans and providing free oral health care on April 6.

“Health and Wellness Day brings a community of volunteers together to provide essential dental care to people who truly can’t afford it,” says Robin McKay Ganshorn, clinical coordinator and instructor for Sask Polytech’s dental programs. “It's an incredible learning journey for Sask Polytech students. They undergo significant growth during this project. Initially nervous about coordinating dental and health services for a large group, they gradually build confidence in their skills and abilities. This opportunity enables students to gain practical experience.”

Blaine Maxwell, the third-year Dental Hygiene student, helped organize the event along with other third-year students, assisted with screenings and helped develop treatment plans for clients. “Prior to the event, there is a lot of work and planning that goes into Health and Wellness Day,” says Maxwell. “I’m a dental assistant already, I’ve worked in private practice for a few years. Through my work, I have witnessed the significant financial challenges associated with dental care. This day breaks down the barriers to dental care that many people face. I think it’s important to volunteer our time to help others in the community access the care they need.”

Maxwell’s classmate, Mckenna Legault, adds, “It is important to provide clients with therapeutic care and preventative education tools for their oral and overall health. Our goal is to educate clients about proper oral care techniques to prevent the need for future restorative treatment. Health and Wellness Day allows us to work as an interprofessional team to provide the best outcome for each client."  

Hands-on learning in the dental clinic and at Health and Wellness Day enables our health sciences and nursing students to integrate classroom learning with real-world practice.

The Sask Polytech dental clinic is located at Regina Campus, 4500 Wascana Parkway, 5th Floor. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 306-775-7531. Sask Polytech’s dental clinic is open to the public and available for appointments with clients of all ages. To learn more about the clinic and the services provided visit Dental Clinic ( 

— Submitted by Sask Polytech Media Relations