It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that I post this notice for Mr Joe Mee who died around the 27 April 2016!
Joe Mee was an immensely influential and effective figure in the British Doctors & Dentists Group in London (BDDG) in the 1980's and early 90's. The Group met monthly in the Charing Cross Hotel and was, in the early 80’s, the only meeting of the BDDG in the UK. It was from this Group that today's national network of meetings evolved.
Joe used his energy and commitment to set up the Sick Dentists Scheme to help those dental colleagues who were addicted to alcohol and/or to prescribed and/or non-prescribed drugs when there was no other help available within the dental profession. The Sick Dentists Scheme grew into the the Dentists Health Support Program which, today, is still helping dental professionals into recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and which has a close association with the BDDG.
Joe was also a prime mover in establishing the Health Professional Group, which broadened the scope of assistance to include all health professionals, and did not confine its boundaries solely to medically and dentally qualified professionals.
Many people - myself included - owe him a great debt of gratitude for the contribution he made to our own recovery, and also for what he brought nationally towards the compassionate management of addictions: he was instrumental in encouraging so many people, and their families, into recovery from addiction.
Any who want to pay their respects would be welcomed and appreciated at his funeral:
Thursday, 19 May 2006 at 11.00am
Sad to lose long time friends, we spent many happy times in the past on the recovery journey
(With permission from BDDG-London)
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A is held every October when in addition to our members we have many visitors from overseas (particularly the U.S.A.) as well as our family members.
Our 41st Annual Convention from Wednesday 5th October to Sunday 9th October 2016 is being planned to be held at The Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel.
A Contemporary 4-star hotel located in the heart of Exeter, the Southgate Hotel neighbours the Cathedral, the shopping areas of Princeshay, Bedford Square & the historic Quay. The hotel is perfectly situated for short breaks & en-route to Cornwall. The hotel has a spa facility, with indoor heated pool, suana and fitness room.
The booking forms can be found on the Annual Conference tab above or by clicking here
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