McGill partners with Welcome Hall Mission to launch free dental clinic

MONTREAL - McGill University's Faculty of Dentistry and Welcome Hall Mission invite representatives of the media to attend the Official Opening of the Jim Lund Dental Clinic, to be held on Friday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Welcome Hall Mission. Dr. Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services, and Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill, will participate in the event.

The new permanent clinic is the result of an innovative partnership between a university and a charity organization, the first of its kind in Quebec. The Jim Lund Dental Clinic offers free basic dental care to low-income families, homeless men and women or new immigrants who benefit from Welcome Hall Mission's services. Staffed by McGill dental students and faculty, the clinic builds on the Faculty of Dentistry's outreach initiatives, which include a mobile clinic, low-cost services at the Montreal General Hospital and pediatric dental care at the Montreal Children's Hospital.

The new clinic at Welcome Hall is named after the late James P. Lund, who was Dean of Dentistry at McGill from 1995 to 2008.
 
WHAT: 


WHO:  



Official Opening of Jim Lund Dental Clinic at Welcome Hall Mission
Note: A tour of the clinic will follow the ceremony.

Mr. Cyril Morgan, CEO and Executive Director of Welcome Hall Mission
Dr. Paul Allison, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University
Dr. Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services
Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Mr. Brian Perron, Chairman of the Board, Welcome Hall Mission

WHEN:           Friday, February 11, 2011 - 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:  

Welcome Hall Mission
606 de Courcelle St. (corner of Acorn St.), Montreal
Note: media and guests should proceed to 4755 Acorn St., door D

For more information about Welcome Hall Mission:
http://missionbonaccueil.com/en/index.php

For more information about the Faculty of Dentistry's community outreach, watch this
video: http://www.mcgill.ca/community/quebec/dentistry-outreach
Or visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/dentistry/community/

For further information:

Julie Fortier
Associate Director, Media Relations
McGill University
514-398-6751
514-884-1587 (cell.)
julie.c.fortier@mcgill.ca

Debbi Marsellos
Media Relations and Events Coordinator
Welcome Hall Mission
514.523.5288 ext. 340
514.743.6948 (cell.)
dmarsellos@missionba.com