At the ODA last month, most of the volunteers participating in our 2016 Jamaica Dental Outreach Program got together at our DMC Law after-party and took this pic:
Front Row (left to right): June Jennings (RDH), Nina Nguyen (RDH), Dr. Millie Calko (Toronto), Dr. Christina Bodea (Elmvale).
Middle Row (left to right): Jonathan Borrelli (dental lawyer), Dr. Joseph Fava (Toronto), and Stefan Atalick (spouse of Dr. Christina Bodea)
Back Row (left to right): Elaine Hanson, Dr. Jackie Geroche (Mississauga), Michael Carabash (dental lawyer), Steven Kukulka (spouse of Dr. Mary Berkmortel), and Dr. Mary Berkmortel (Timmins)
Missing in action: Paris Carabash (Michael’s wife, who is taking the picture), the Henry Schein Team (Marc Zdrojewski, Anthony Archer and Jason Brown), Dr. Irish Malapitan (Kitchener), Melissa Brunette (RDH – Ottawa) and her mom, and Jazz Chohan (RDH – Toronto), who works with Dr. Millie Calko.
This team very excited about heading to Jamaica to do good work and have fun. We are heading down September 3-12, 2016 and I’m sure we’ll come back with lots of stories about our adventures.
Next step: start gathering and shipping supplies down! And for that, we need to thank Henry Schein, Patterson and K-Dental for their generous donations.
Who knew golfing could be so much fun? Just ask anyone in our group – namely, Tom “Mauricio” Pizio (K-Dental), Martin Houser (Harris Sheaffer LLP) and Dr. Samantha Amaro (White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry). We ate, drank, joked around, took some great pics, etc. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and say… we also played our best golf to date! And it was all for a very good cause: altogether, about 150 golfers and sponsors (including DMC Law, Henry Schein and K-Dental) raised close to $25k for Holland Bloorview! Here are some pics from this wonderful event. For those who came, I’m sure they’ll say it was a very well organized event with great silent auction prizes, gifts for the winning team AND the most honest, and we couldn’t (that’s right: “could not have”) had better weather. It was supposed to rain (per the weather man, earlier in the week), but it turned out to be the best weather possible for a long day of golfing. Thanks God!
Here are some pics:
Here’s an article Jonathan, Ljubica and I wrote for Ontario Dentist article (which appears in this month’s publication) entitled “Selling Your Dental Practice? Beware of Staff Liability?” Note: you can see all of our published articles HERE.
I’m so proud of the brave souls who battled the bitter cold, wet and windy weather yesterday to participate in our first Run With DMC Law event @ the Toronto Goodlife Marathon (by Ontario Place).
6:00 a.m. – Disaster!
I arrived at Ontario Place shortly after 6:00 a.m. to help Benjamin Kong (my law clerk) set up our tent and bring in our swag. That’s when I realized I had left my race bib at home! Oh no! I couldn’t leave and get it and come back in time to set up. So I asked Ben to get it on the way in. He was a trooper. He drove to my house and rang on the bell. But it was my neighbour’s house… oh no!!!! Way too early… Sorry neighbour! So Ben then went to the correct house and woke Paris up. She gave him my bib and off he went to our tent. Now during this time, I had to lug these large DMC Law bags of swag to our private tent. They were not light. They each had 2 water bottles, 2 gatorade bottles, some tic tack, some protein bars, Proctor and Gamble’s latest 2-step teeth whitening kit (retails for $15), some cookies, a flyer from our co-sponsor Geoffrey Penal (wealth advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy), and a very awesome “Run With DMC” shirt. The bag and all the swag was valued at $200 a piece – not too shabby!
7:00 a.m. – Rain, Chills, Go Away!
It seemed to be getting colder and wetter as the day went on. Puddles and pot holes everywhere! The wind picking up. The non-stop rain! The poor tent next to us (Team Diabetes) didn’t have any side coverings on their tent, so they got soaked! They eventually came into our tent and posted this pic when we let them stay (we eventually gave them our tent after we left):
8:00 a.m. – Time to Run!
With literally just a few seconds before the run started (I was doing the 5 km with most of our team), Ben arrived and handed me my bib. No time to warm up; I was already warm from dragging all the bags to our tent. And away we go! 5 km isn’t difficult at all – especially when you’re running / chatting with friends 😉 A special mention to Peter Chudak (Dr. Samantha Amaro’s husband) who ran his 5 km in about 22 minutes – a fantastic time!
When we got back to the tent, we had some food, drink, towels (courtesy of Ben – who was thinking ahead) and took a group photo. Then we called the 5 km walkers and told them not to show up because the weather was getting REALLY windy and wet. I really felt bad for the marathon and half marathon runners who had been getting soaked for hours in that weather. I hope they didn’t get sick, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.
Overall, I think the event was a good one, but could have been better if we just had some decent weather. I wanted to once again thank all of the participants (Dr. Jackie Geroche, Dr. Aliea Butt, Dr. Millie Calko, Dr. Samantha Amaro, Peter Chudak, Marc Z. and Jason Brown of Henry Schein, Rodney Miller of TD, Carlos of DentalFix, and of course – our very own Benjamin Kong who worked so hard to make this a reality!). Special thanks out to Kate and Burke who helped manage security at our tent. I’m sure the next one will be bigger and better!
Just following up on some unconventional non-compete cases that recently came out of BC and Alberta (that left a somewhat unsatisfactory taste in my mouth), which I blogged about here, I’m pleased to announce that Ontario Dentist will be publishing a new article entitled written by myself, Jonathan Borrelli (our employment law lawyer) and Ljubica Durlovska (our employment law lawyer) entitled “Are Non-Complete Clauses Legal In Ontario? It Depends…” It will be out later this year (likely in the Fall) and, as usual, it will be available for download for free on this website.
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