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Citizen of the Year Award

WSDA’s Citizen of the Year award is given to the member who has performed outstanding service, which serves to help a community in need, reinforce the value of service to the dental community, and promote 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 are closed for this year. Thanks to everyone who nominated a member!

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 closed for 2018.

Award Presentation

The 2018 award will be presented at the Citizen of the Year Award Banquet held during the annual House of Delegates meeting on Friday, September 2​1 at ​Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.