WSDA Citizen of the Year

The WSDA Citizen of the Year Award is given each year to recognize a member dentist who has given outstanding service to a domestic and/or foreign community; to encourage others toward such activity; to reinforce values of service to the profession; and to promote the image of dentistry. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Citizen of the Year Award. Nominate a member dentist today!

Selection Criteria

  • The nominee must be a WSDA member
  • The award will be based on civic activities including, but not limited to:
    • Service organizations
    • Youth groups
    • Schools
    • Non-salaried government positions
    • Church-sponsored community services
    • Personal commitment to community service through volunteering
    • Service to all 501(c)(3) foundations
  • Priority will be given to service within Washington state

Nomination Deadline

Nominations are due by Friday, June 5, 2020.


Selection of the Citizen of the Year is made by the WSDA Task Force on Recognition. 

Award Presentation

The 2020 award winner will be honored at the Citizen of the Year Award Dinner on Friday, September 25 at the WSDA House of Delegates in Seattle.

Dr. Beatrice Gandara 2019 WSDA Citizen of the Year

2019 WSDA Citizen of the Year: Dr. Beatrice Gandara

For more than 30 years, University of Washington School of Dentistry Professor Beatrice “Bea” Gandara has leveraged her passion for dentistry and service to others to inspire new generations of dentists while also increasing access to care.

Her work with middle and high school students, as well as pre-dental undergrads, has had immense influence on building a pipeline of young people who are interested in dentistry and come from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Read Dr. Gandara's Story
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