The purpose of the Society is to promote a high standard in the practice of dentistry, encourage the improvement of the health of the public, promote the art and science of dentistry and to hold educational meetings.
The Society is presided over by 5 Directors who are elected during the Annual General Meeting held during the Thompson Okanagan Dental Meeting in October of each year. TODS represents the geographical region east to Revelstoke, west to Ashcroft, south to Osoyoos and north to Sicamous, in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada.
Any dentist, who holds a current license, is in good standing with the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, and practices dentistry within the regions encompassed by the Society, is an active member of the Thompson Okanagan Dental Society. There are no annual membership dues. The Society is solely funded by the proceeds of the Thompson Okanagan Dental meeting. Since 1978, the non-profit Thompson Okanagan Dental Society (TODS), has provided dental professionals with quality dental continuing education and supported the future of the profession with bursarys and scholarships.
Since 2005, the society has hosted an annual silent auction raising over $162,000 to support important charities such as the BC Dental Association’s Save a Smile Foundation, Okanagan College Certified Dental Assisting Program, Southern Interior Cancer Centre Dental Comfort Fund, Rotaplast Canada and the five Community Dental Clinics in Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm. To continue the philanthropic vision of the TODS Executive, a TODS Endowment Fund has been created under the umbrella of the Central Okanagan Foundation. This will allow the distribution of funds to many more dental related charitable needs throughout the Thompson Okanagan region.