Kind, caring, and incredibly capable, Certified Dental Assistant graduate Heather Bakker is UFV’s 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recipient.
Bakker received her medal at the June 11 UFV Convocation ceremony.
The Lt. Governor’s Medal is awarded to students graduating vocational or career programs less than two years long who excel in their studies and contribute to the life of their post-secondary institution, or their community.
Bakker’s ability and attitude made her an obvious choice.
Respected by classmates and lauded by instructors, Bakker graduated with a 3.51 GPA. She was this year’s recipient of the Overall Outstanding Achievement award in Dental Assisting, presented to the student demonstrating exceptional academic and clinical skills, in addition to being an outstanding professional.
She was also chosen by classmates to receive the Congeniality Award, presented to the student who is helpful, a team player, caring, professional, encouraging, and friendly.
“She’s someone who truly knows how to brighten up her classmates’ day,” says Certified Dental Assistant program coordinator Rosie Friesen.
Ironically, Bakker grew up being afraid of the dentist.
“I hated going to the dentist, but always wanted to work in the healthcare field. Once I learned more about it, I was hooked,” she says.
“A lot of people don’t realize how important it is to care about your teeth, and I want to help them.”
Bakker participated in Community Oral Health Presentations and quickly won the hearts of the little kindergartners she was teaching. She is passionate about dental assisting and has already secured employment upon graduation.
“She has been an exemplary student demonstrating excellence in both her academic and clinical performance,” says Friesen.
Bakker enjoyed her UFV experience, saying she excelled because she enjoyed herself while taking a genuine interest in the subject matter and the fact she was simply herself
“I just came in every day as my normal goofball self and tried to bring some light to the hard days,” she said.
“I wanted to do my homework and study so I could better understand the material. It’s important to know what you’re talking about when people come to you for help.”