2023 SECTON VIII INDUCTION CEREMONY AND DINNER
The 2023 ICD induction ceremony and dinner were held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour (Sydney) on September 26th at the time of the FDI and Australian Dental Congresses. The evening was attended by 160 ICD Fellows and their guests. 69 new Fellows, as listed above, from throughout Australia and New Zealand were inducted on the night which is a record number of inductees at a Section VIII induction ceremony (“covid catch up”).
Unfortunately, a few Fellows who had planned to attend for induction had to cancel at the last minute. Consequently, a total of ten Fellows were inducted in absentia. Six active Fellows were inducted in absentia: Sofie Bui (QLD), Ioan Jones (TAS), Rachel Martin (VIC), Jane Pinchback (SA), Alistair Soon (QLD) and Heiko Spallek (NSW). Four Honorary Fellows were inducted in absentia: William Alimani (Democratic Republic of Congo), Alastair Sloan (VIC), Janet Wallace (NSW) and Ringo Wanzirendi (Democratic Republic of Congo).
Special guests at the dinner included Guest Speaker David Goldsmith and Joan Goldsmith, Fellows Graham Toulmin AM and Wendy Toulmin AM, ADA President Stephen Liew and Susanna Liew, RACDS President Susan Wise, NZDA President Amanda Johnston and the ICD Regent for Greece and Cyprus Dimitris Emmanouil. Four ADA state Presidents were present: Vaibhav Garg (SA), Amit Gurbuxani (WA), Jay Hsing (QLD) and Rohan Krishnan (NSW).
Registrar Petrina Bowden opened the evening’s formalities by welcoming Fellows and guests and delivering the Registrar’s report. A ceremonial changeover of Presidents was conducted with outgoing President Rick Sawers AM handing over the chain of office to incoming President Tom Tseng. Tom spoke of Rick’s outstanding service to Section VIII during his two year term as President. Tom concluded his vote of thanks by announcing that Rick has been appointed as the second International Councillor for Section VIII commencing from November 6 when Jackie Robinson steps down as International Councillor. Rick then addressed the new Fellows on the meaning and honour of ICD Fellowship.
Fellows Graham Toulmin AM and Wendy Toulmin AM attended this special occasion to accept the symbols of ICD Fellowship – the ICD certificate, Section VIII gold key and ICD lapel pin – on behalf of William Alimani and Ringo Wanzirendi of the Democratic Republic of Congo who were inducted in absentia as Honorary Fellows. Graham and Wendy had just returned from the Congo where a very special ceremony was conducted to personally present the ICD certificates, keys and pins to William and Ringo.
Tom announced the departure of Section VIII International Councillor Jackie Robinson after 18 years of service on the Board. Tom also announced the retirement of Section VIII Administrative Officer Ron Robinson at the end of January 2024 and introduced Dr Kavita Lobo as the new Admin Officer for Section VIII.
An ICD Distinguished Service Award was presented to Fellow David Goldsmith (VIC). David is only the fourth Section VIII Fellow to be awarded the prestigious ICD Distinguished Service Award.
David Goldsmith concluded the formal part of the evening with an inspirational presentation on his extensive volunteer work in the South Pacific islands, “27 Years of Building Bridges”. David’s presentation highlighted establishing and improving sustainable dental services in the South Pacific through collaborations with local organisations and people and a wide network of other collaborators. His presentation illustrated programs in Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands in recent years.
As always, the evening allowed Fellows and their guests time for collegiality which is a highlight of any ICD function. CLICK HERE to see photos taken throughout the evening. CLICK HERE to view the induction program which includes abbreviated bios of the new Fellows inducted in Sydney.
The next ICD induction ceremonies will be held in Christchurch in August 2024 at the time of the NZDA Conference and in Perth in 2025 at the time of the Australian Dental Conference. Invitations with details will be sent to all Section VIII Fellows in due course.
INDUCTION CEREMONY AND LUNCHEON
TE PAE CHRISTCHURCH CONVENTION CENTRE
20 AUGUST 2022
This induction ceremony was long awaited as ICD functions planned in New Zealand over the past few years had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Some of the new Fellows inducted in Christchurch had planned to attend for induction in Japan in 2020 as part of the ICD centenary celebrations. That induction ceremony also had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
Of the 17 new Fellows inducted in Christchurch, eleven are from New Zealand: Mo Amso, Chris Brooks , Gavin Cho, Ellen Clark, James Goodrich, Juliet Gray, Liz Hitchings, Erin Mahoney, Kate Naysmith, Benedict Seo and Liz Webb. Three are from Australia: Ray Khong, Ann Monteith and Annalene Weston. New Fellows Amanaki Fakakovikaetau and Sisilia Fifita are from the Kingdom of Tonga and are the first two dentists from Tonga ever inducted into the International College of Dentists.
Liz Webb was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of ICD. Unfortunately, Liz had to be inducted in absentia as she returned from volunteer work in Vanuatu shortly before the induction ceremony in Christchurch and had contracted covid.
This was the first induction ceremony in New Zealand since 2012 at which the full Section VIII Board was in attendance (apologies from President Rick Sawers AM due to covid). This occasion marked a changing of the guard for Section VIII with long serving Board member Clive Ross CNZM stepping down from the Board in October at the conclusion of the International Council meeting. The induction ceremony in Christchurch gave the Board the opportunity to acknowledge Clive’s service to ICD during his 21 years on the Board and to say farewell personally. The Board presented Clive with an ICD Distinguished Service Award during the luncheon.
The ceremony in Christchurch closed with presentation of Honorary Life Membership to David Crum ONZM in recognition of his service on the Section VIII Board, especially the vital role he played in enhancing the relationship between ICD and the NZDA. David will return to the Section VIII Board as International Councillor replacing Clive when Clive vacates the position in October.
Photos from the Christchurch induction ceremony and luncheon are posted in the “History/photo albums” section of this website: http://www.icdsectionviii.org/2022-induction-christchurch.html.
More details about the Christchurch induction and luncheon and photos will be published in the November edition of the Section VIII newsletter.
Honoring the World’s Leading Dentists since 1920
The International College of Dentists is a leading honorary dental organisation dedicated to the recognition of outstanding professional achievement and meritorious service and the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of all humankind. All members of the College regardless of their native language or country of residence, adhere to one universal motto, Recognizing Service and the Opportunity to Serve.
Conceived in 1920, the College currently has over 12,000 members in 122 countries who have been awarded the prestigious title of Fellow in the ICD. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only. A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous, peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”
All Fellows are encouraged to nominate dentists who are deserving of the recognition of ICD Fellowship. Nomination forms can be downloaded from this website. Enquires: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Regents 2023-2025, Section VIII (as at 21/11/2023)
Section VIII Membership (as at 21/11/2023)
Section of ICD (Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific) currently has 786 members comprised of:
Local Committees, Section VIII (as at 21/11/2023)
Masters are Fellows in good standing who at the time of their nomination have rendered extraordinarily conspicuous and outstanding service to the College. The awarding of the status of Master is considered a rare distinction. The numbers admitted to this status are such as not to lessen the honour so conferred. Approval of the International Council or its Executive Committee must be obtained before Mastership is awarded having received prior nomination from the Section. Drs Clive Ross CNZM and Jackie Robinson are currently the only Master Fellows in Section VIII.
Section VIII Honorary Life Members
Honorary Life Members are Active or Retired Fellows in good standing who have made an outstanding contribution to our Section of ICD and to the profession and community in our region. Honorary Life Membership is only conferred after careful investigation has revealed a Fellow to be fully worthy of such a high honour.
Our current Honorary Life Members are:
- David Crum ONZM, New Zealand
- W Donald Heffron CBE, NSW
- Peter Noblet AM, SA
- John Owen AM, WA
- Jackie Robinson, NSW
- Ron Robinson, NSW
- Clive Ross CNZM, New Zealand
- Jenny Smyth AM, QLD
- Tom N Speed, New Zealand
- David Thomson, QLD
- Keith Watkins, VIC
Section VIII Honorary Fellows
Honorary Fellows are individuals, other than members of the College and not necessarily dentists, who have rendered conspicuous service to the cause of dental science, have contributed to the promotion of the dental profession or have otherwise significantly advanced the dental profession within the Section.
Honorary Fellowship is conferred after careful investigation has revealed said person fully worthy of such high honour.
Our current Honorary Fellows are:
- Laynesh Gebrehiwot, Eritrea
- Keith Mentiplay, NSW
- Janette Owen AM, WA
- Eric Reynolds AO, VIC
- Alastair Sloan, VIC
- Catherine Snelling, SA
- Margie Steffens OAM, SA
- Wendy Toulmin AM, NSW
- Janet Wallace, NSW
- Elizabeth Webb, NZ
- William Alimani (Democratic Republic of Congo)
- Ringo Wanzirendi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
CLICK HERE for the current Section VIII database.