Recognized for her volunteer work in Jamaica, where she led a team of Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry staff in providing dental care to needy children last year, Dr. Sharine Thenard has been named one of the 2012 Women Who Dare by Girls, Inc.
“I am so surprised and flattered!” Dr. Thenard says. “To think that I would be viewed as a role model to girls and young women also makes me very aware of the responsibility I carry.”
Girls, Inc. is a national, non-profit organization that inspires girls to be “strong, smart, and bold,” and the program’s annual Women Who Dare Awards Event honors adult and teenage women making a difference in the community. This year’s honorees include Dr. Jannett Jackson, College of Alameda President, Sarah Olaes, Enrichment Program Director of the Alameda Education Foundation, and Mi-Anne Chan, Founder of the Roots and Shoots Club at Alameda High School.
In addition to her field work in Jamaica last year, Dr. Thenard is highly dedicated to the work she performs in the dental office on a daily basis. She is an important representative in her field, serving as a Diplomate for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Trustee for the California Dental Association, and a Secretary for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
“I have just done what I felt was right, in the best way I could,” she says. “I have never been scared of hard work, and I have always done things wholeheartedly. So to be rewarded for things that I do anyway, it’s just such great validation that what I do really makes a difference.”
Dr. Thenard was also invited to give the keynote speech at the 13th annual awards ceremony come March 24, when the importance of good leadership will be her subject. Good leadership, she says, is the key to any good organization or company, benefiting the people who follow as well as the helping the leader grow as a person.
“Having influence on a young person growing up is one of the most gratifying things a professional or any person could do,” she says.