October 23, 2009
To acknowledge Dr. Colin Wong's extraordinary volunteer service in a foreign country, the American Dental Association's Committee on International Programs and Development (CIPD) recently awarded him a "Certificate of Recognition for Meritorious Service to the People of China."
Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., presented the certificate to Wong on behalf of the ADA at an Oct. 20 meeting of the Marin County Dental Society.
Wong, a 1965 graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and his wife, Silvana, have a long history of philanthropy. He has served the school as president of both the Alumni Association and the Pacific Dugoni Foundation Board, where he is still a board member. In 2004, he received the school's highest recognition, the Medallion of Distinction.
His philanthropy also includes very active involvement with the non-profit organization Alliance for Smiles. Since 2005, Wong has participated in more than 15 medical missions to China serving at different times as the lead dentist, mission director and vice president for China relations. Each two-week mission involves long days for volunteers who provide hundreds of surgeries, the majority of which are for cleft children.
The Alliance for Smiles also honored Wong as the very first recipient of its Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a volunteer whose contributions have been exceptional. Wong and the Alliance for Smiles' share the goal of setting up treatment centers to change the lives of cleft children using dental, orthodontic and speech therapy.
A standing committee of the ADA's Board of Trustees, the CIPD advises the ADA Board of Trustees and ADA agencies on the ADA's international activities, with the ultimate goal of contributing to improvements in global oral health. Each March, the CIPD invites dental societies to nominate members who have served as volunteers during the preceding year for the Certificate of Recognition for Volunteer Service in a Foreign Country. The certificate aims to honor volunteers who improve the availability of health care on a continuing basis through activities that will have a lasting effect.
Category Type: Honors and Awards, Community Outreach
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