Jacaranda Fes­ti­val al­ways brings a smile

The Daily Examiner - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - BER­NADETTE BAS­SETT

MY CA­REER as a den­tal ther­a­pist at Fresh Den­tal Care be­gan in July, just over seven years ago, when I left the pub­lic sec­tor and was wel­comed into the Fresh Den­tal Care team.

Hav­ing worked in the pub­lic sec­tor my en­tire ca­reer, the change to the pri­vate sec­tor was quite dif­fer­ent.

I love my job, it is very re­ward­ing to build pos­i­tive rap­port with the chil­dren I treat, and it is a plea­sure to be a part of the Fresh Den­tal Care team.

What is a den­tal ther­a­pist? Well, it’s a mem­ber of the den­tal team that pro­vides ser­vices to chil­dren and teenagers. These ser­vices in­clude ex­am­i­na­tions, pre­ven­tive treat­ments, X-rays, restora­tive treat­ment on de­cid­u­ous (milk teeth) and per­ma­nent teeth, and ex­trac­tions un­der lo­cal anaes­thetic*.

A den­tal ther­a­pist also pro­vides oral health ed­u­ca­tion to pa­tients, to chil­dren in schools and pre-schools and to adults and sport­ing groups.

The Jacaranda Fes­ti­val has al­ways been a big part of my life. Grow­ing up in Grafton, my mother en­sured that we at­tended ev­ery pos­si­ble event dur­ing Jacaranda. As an adult, I be­came fur­ther in­volved as a Jacaranda can­di­date and was lucky enough to be crowned Queen of the Jacaran­das in 1983. And as a par­ent, I took my chil­dren to many Jacaranda events – my son was page­boy in 1996. This year I de­cided to put my hand up for the role of Ma­tron of Hon­our and was for­tu­nate to be elected. This role in­volves be­ing a pos­i­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Jacaranda Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee, be­ing a friend, con­fi­dante and men­tor for the Jacaranda can­di­dates and shar­ing Jacaranda week with the Queens party. It is an hon­our to be se­lected for this im­por­tant role of Ma­tron of Hon­our, and to join the group of women that have served the city of Grafton since 1946. Dur­ing my time as Jacaranda Queen in 1983, I con­sider my most prom­i­nent mem­ory to be at­tend­ing the Jacaranda grey­hound race meet­ing. I had never been to the grey­hound rac­ing be­fore and found the peo­ple

‘‘ MANY THINGS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS WITH THE JACARANDA FES­TI­VAL, AND I BE­LIEVE THE FES­TI­VAL WILL CON­TINUE TO GROW BIG­GER AND BET­TER.

there very help­ful. It was a lot of fun.

I would also have to say the Jacaranda Party for a Princess was an out­stand­ing mem­ory for me.

This year, my two most mem­o­rable mo­ments of the Jacaranda fes­ti­val in­clude at­tend­ing the Grafton High School morn­ing tea and the visit to Scha­ef­fer House (Clarence River His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety). It was great to see the dif­fer­ent dis­plays, see my fam­ily his­tory records, and the past Ma­trons of Hon­our fold­ers that have been pre­sented to the mu­seum.

Many things have changed over the past 35 years with the Jacaranda Fes­ti­val, and I be­lieve the fes­ti­val will con­tinue to grow big­ger and bet­ter. * Any sur­gi­cal or in­va­sive pro­ce­dure car­ries risks. Be­fore pro­ceed­ing, you should seek a sec­ond opin­ion from an ap­pro­pri­ately qual­i­fied health prac­ti­tioner.

Pho­tos: Con­trib­uted

BLOOMIN’ HAPPY: Ber­nadette Bas­sett, at work as a den­tal ther­a­pist with Fresh Den­tal Care and (be­low, far left) dressed in her fin­ery as the 2018 Jacaranda Fes­ti­val Ma­tron of Hon­our.

Photo: Adam Houri­gan

TEA FOR THREE: 2018 Jacaranda Queen Bronte Cameron and Ma­tron of Hon­our Ber­nadette Bas­sett with the 1955 Jacaranda Queen, Stella Wil­son (cen­tre), at the Jacaranda Af­ter­noon Tea.

ADDING COLOUR: Fresh Den­tal Care staff tak­ing part in the 2018 Jacaranda Fes­ti­val.

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