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Entries in Citizen of the Year (8)


Do you know someone who gives back to the community? Nominate them for Citizen of the Year!

Nomination deadline is May 30 · Nominate here

Each year the WSDA requests nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award from its members, looking for exemplary service to the community. The work should be based on civic activities not affiliated with organized dentistry, and can include any number of activities and organizations such as service organizations, schools, non-salaried government positions or church sponsored community activities.

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Dr. Raymond Damazo named 2014 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient

Our very own Dr. Raymond S. Damazo (WSDA's 2013 Citizen of the Year) has been named the 2014 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient, the ADA announced recently.

"It took me a few days to contact him and notify him of the award because he was busy traveling in Africa, doing humanitarian work," said ADA President Charles H. Norman. "Dr. Damazo has spent more than 45 years alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals abroad, including serving remote villages along the Amazon and developing and implementing a mobile clinic that provides free, modern care to people living in the bush areas of Kenya and Tanzania."

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“Things were looking up. I felt a touch of cockiness for defeating our first black hole. Then Gail, who was standing near the trailer, shouted an alarm, “Buffalo!” A male Cape Buffalo had appeared out of nowhere and was heading in our direction at a fast pace, hostilely shaking his massive curved horns back and forth.”
­­— From Safari Dentist, by Dr. Ray Damazo

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Raymond Damazo and his wife Gail traveled to Africa twice a year, delivering humanitarian dental care to the African people while marveling at the vast reaches of Kenya and the bounty of its wildlife. In his book, Safari Dentist, Damazo details scores of stories like the one above — putting the reader face-to-horn with all manner of wild things — using keen humor to detail near-misses by charging elephants, the demands of an oft-married Masaai Warrior, and the skills required to keep their rolling operatory rolling.

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DR. PETER LUBISICH IV, WSDA’s 2012 Citizen of the Year

“I would like my legacy to be that of teamwork: of motivating my fellow dentists in the state to protect the quality and excellence in dentistry, to focus on the right objectives, to be men and women who serve our communities because it’s the right thing to do.” Dr. Peter Lubisich IV
  Like so many dentists, WSDA’s 2012 Citizen of the Year, Dr. Peter Lubisich IV, gives back to his community —donating services and time to causes close to his heart in Clark County. But Lubisich is different; he’s a juggernaut, balancing the demands of a thriving pediatric practice and a growing young family that includes wife, Michelle, and their three children Peter V, 6, Jacob, 4, and 1 year-old Brooklynn — while still earmarking time to provide dental care with a number of projects in the county.

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