Honoured by Suzanne M. Harmony
Dr. Mario Lemay’s humble confidence is what first attracted me to him. Yes, his stunning blue eyes were not un-noticed! His sincere kindness, generosity, and interest in the well-being and future of others is what has nurtured our relationship into a beautiful love story. I am so blessed!
Born on May 24, 1960 in Thetford Mines, Quebec to Ghislaine Pomerleau and Guy Lemay; he is the middle child, and brother to Richard and Pierre. The pursuit of superior education tweaked Mario’s curiosity, so he joined the military in September of 1981. His three months of basic training was spent in Chilliwack, B.C. and his application for Officer’s Training landed him in St. Margaret, New Brunswick until 1982 to study Communications. In the summer of 1982 he was transferred to Kingston, Ontario for multi-disciplinary courses before another transfer to Quebec City, where Officer Mario Lemay was the Communication Officer for the Communication Centre in Quebec City, Val Cartier. One memorable task as Commanding Officer was to lead the troops on parade for the arrival of the Tall Ships in Quebec from Europe with their Commanding Officer Levesque, in June of 1984. Another highlight was the opportunity to lead troops in communication exercises in Fort Chimo, Northern Quebec and providing communication for the General during his stay in Northern Quebec. July 1984, ranked high in profile and responsibility as Mario was responsible for all military communication for the Pope’s Visit to Canada! In 1986, Mario was transferred to The Second Vandoos 22nd Regiment in the Citadel; downtown – Quebec City. One of the highlights he experienced with them was a deployment to Norway where he trained in top-secret world-wide electronic war -fare. September 1989, Mario was transferred to Quebec City to attend Laval University to pursue his Doctorate Degree in Dentistry. As in all of his pursuits, he succeeded and graduated in April 1994. Military Dentistry based in Borden, Barrie Ontario; Dr. Mario Lemay topped the students in the courses and was honoured with his choice of “location for his next transfer,” which led him to Winnipeg in the summer of 1994. His brilliance and success in his field and work with specialists led him to another transfer within two years. This brought him to North Bay, Ontario. In late 1998, he was offered a promotion to Major and a posting to Belleville. His love of North Bay and family life encouraged him to turn down the offer and he chose to stay in North Bay. He retired from North Bay’s 22 Military Wing in July 2002.
Mario’s busy mind brought him to study science and psychology at Nipissing University soon after retiring and graduated with Honours and Distinction in these fields in 2005…his psychology thesis was on Dental phobia!!
Fear of becoming bored, Dr. Lemay decided to purchase the busiest dental practice in Northern Ontario; Callander Bay Dental Centre, in February 2006. His passion for Dentistry and desire to bring excellence within reach to all-in-need has expanded the practice to house three full-time dentists, a paedodontist, a prosthodontist , and 10 professional support team members. His education and world-wide training in sleep apnea, oral snoring devices, dental implants, management and team mentorship programs shines through and he shares this enthusiasm with the team at Callander Bay Dental Centre. Their Compassionate Community partnership shines through in their annual Smiles for Life Campaign with runs from March 1st to June 30th to raise funds for Rotary for Kids. www.callanderbaydental.com