New small group learning rooms and a named operatory: Recognizing those who make a difference in our lives

October 28, 2012

Recognition can be given in many different ways.

Drs. Rokshana and Khozema Chherawala—known for their generosity and kindness, not only with their patients, but also with their staff—stepped forward this past year to generously support the extensive renovation project in the John B. Macdonald Building (JBM)—and to honour their hard-working staff members.

In addition to supporting the naming of one of the new conference rooms, the Chherawalas decided to make a secondary gift, “adopting an op” (operatory) in the Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre.

And they decided to recognize the people who directly contribute to the operation and day-to-day success of their busy practices in Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam by putting their names on the dedication plaque located in Operatory 10.8.

In October, the Chherawalas invited their dental office workers to the official unveiling of the new Chherawala Conference Room in the JBM—but then, to the surprise of the invited staff members, each was handed a pair of gold scissors with which to cut the ribbon on their newly dedicated operatory. “I felt extremely proud and was so touched to be included on this dedication,” says Julie Parkes, who has been the Chherawalas’ office manager for 11 years.

Drs. Rokshana and Khozema Chherawala - Drs. Mahsa Soraya and Alex Galo and family

Left: Drs. Rokshana and Khozema Chherawala. Centre: Staff from the Chherawalal’s offices in Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam. Right: Drs. Mahsa Soraya and Alex Galo and family.

A mother’s love and compassion was honoured when Dr. Mahsa Soraya dedicated newly built conference room 270A to her mother Homa.

It was her mother’s commitment and passion for education and knowledge that inspired Dr. Soraya to surprise her family with the conference room dedication.

This past October, family members and close friends were invited to an afternoon tea to inaugurate the facility. The celebration was a wonderful opportunity for UBC Dentistry to recognize

Dr. Soraya and her husband Dr. Alex Galo, both UBC Dentistry alumni from the Class of 1991, for their commitment to helping provide this interactive and dynamic learning space for Dentistry students.

Dr. Soraya’s commitment to students also extends to her role as one of over 300 UBC Dentistry part-time faculty members—dental professionals who often give up practice or personal time to fill roles as clinical instructors, clinical educators, small-group-learning tutors and community service tutors.

To learn more about how to support the JBM Renovation Fund, or to become a part-time faculty member or volunteer for the Volunteer Community Clinic Program, contact Jane Merling at 604-822-5886 or