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Citizen of the Year Award

WSDA’s Citizen of the Year award is given to ​a member who has performed outstanding service that serves a community in need, reinforces the value of service to the dental community, and promotes the image of dentistry. The coveted award is the highest honor the Association can bestow on one of its own.   

Recently, the WSDA Board of Directors voted to expand qualifying service to include work done on behalf of an employer or in a practice. Additionally, because charity begins at home, the board decided that priority would be given to dentists performing good works here in the state.

WSDA's 201​8 Citizen of the Year ​is ​Representative Michelle Caldier. Read Rep. Caldier's story. If you know someone like ​Rep. Caldier who has given selflessly, please nominate them for this important recognition of good work.

Nominations for the 2019 Citizen of the Year will open in the spring.

Nomination Criteria

  • The nominee must be a WSDA member
  • The award will be based on civic activities, elective and  volunteer, 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 nominees whose service has been in Washington state


Nominations may be made by an individual member or a component dental society. Former nominees may be re-nominated. Letters of support from organizations with which the candidate has been involved are encouraged.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations ​are not currently being accepted.

Award Presentation

The next Citizen of the Year award will be presented at the 2019 WSDA House of Delegates in Spokane.