Smile Power


  • SBRI Award
  • Golden Apple Award
  • Jefferson Award
  • Optiva Corporation Award


SBRI Honors Smile Power

Jerri Shinn with keynote speaker and
Center for Disease Control director Dr. Julie Gerberding


2002 ISF/CIS 
Golden Apple Award Winner 
Dr. Sherwin and Jerri Shinn

Smile Power

"This program provides an opportunity for local children to discover the power they have within themselves to make a difference around the world and to realize that they have that ability now and always will have it. They become leaders and teachers as they show the world what they can do. Children learn they can choose to make the world a better place."

  • Selected by the Washington State PTA as a model program.
  • It was a great program because it was hands-on, with the kids directly involved. They could see it full circle. Cougar Ridge PTSA
  • The Echo Glen School children were really touched by the impact they made in the lives of other children.
  • The students at Skyline raised over $1,700 in a penny drive which was used to buy basic construction material to build windows and doors in a Bolivian village school.
  • Discovery Elementary students donated over 90 hand-made quilts for orphanages in Bolivia. 

According to Dr. Shinn, "Our goal is to provide health care and on going disease prevention education and supplies to under-served populations in developing nations; To train their local people to take responsibility for the continuation of the preventive education; To share the virtues and values of foreign cultures with each other in order to enrich all of our lives; To develop understanding between all peoples so that we become a planet of friendly neighbors instead of foreign strangers; And to set up an organization that facilitates and motivates humanitarian outreach by other interested people.

To accomplish this, we present an educational program in our schools that teaches our children about the lives of their peers in other cultures. We then provide the opportunity for our students to reach out in friendship by having them create a personal connection that the children in another culture. This can be in the form of a letter, picture or other gift that is made by the student sharing what is important to them. These school-wide outreach projects involve the whole community, bringing them together in a common goal of friendship.

Our Smile Power team hand delivers these gifts to the intended recipients who feel so honored that they in turn send personal thank-yous back with us. We return these to the schools and show the students pictures of their smiling new friends holding their gifts. In this way our students have a first-hand experience that giving to others is a true source of wonderful fulfillment in life. They learn that they already have the power to make a positive difference in the world, and they gain understanding of a different culture and friendship with their future leaders.


This award was presented at the luncheon on October 24. ISF/CIS and the community honored the Shinns for their commitment to volunteerism, their contribution to our community, and especially for sharing their vision with the children of our district and around the world.

This award recognizes individuals in our community who touch the lives of our children either through their financial support, volunteerism, business or community efforts.

Past award recipients include: Skip Rowley, Rowley Enterprises, Mary Pigott, Tom O'Keefe, Tully's Coffee, Ron Sims, King County Executive, Steve Bell, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.



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Local couple wins National Jefferson Award and
the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award, known as
the Nobel Prize for public and community service.

photo of Shinns

Washington D.C. - June 17, 2003 - Annually, more than 15,000 are nominated to receive Jefferson Awards. On June 17th, Seattle area residents, Dr. Sherwin Shinn, DDS and Jerri Shinn, RN, founders of the International Smile Power Foundation, were among the five selected to receive the National Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award. Established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard, the National Jefferson Awards annually honor outstanding Public Servants and America's "Unsung Heroes" who make a difference including: Barbara Bush, Walter Crondike, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Newman and Lance Armstrong. The National Jefferson Award recipients will be featured in the annual Jefferson Awards National Television Special. This television special will be available for airing by all stations after July 15, 2003. If you are interested in airing the special please contact Margaret Breslin of the American Institute, by phone: (302) 622-9101 or by e-mail to:




Program recognizes outstanding dental charity work 
and donates $10,000 to the winner's charity of choice

 Dr. Shinn receives award

Dr. Shinn is awarded $5000 from Optiva Corporation
Snoqualmie, Wash. (Oct. 26, 2000)

Optiva Corporation, maker of the Sonicare® sonic toothbrush, today announced the winner of the company's "Tooth Fairy Award" contest. Dr. Sherwin Shinn, D.D.S., of Issaquah, Wash. was recognized for his extensive humanitarian outreach programs that provide professional dental services to children in remote and isolated areas of the world. 

As part of the award, Optiva will donate $10,000 to Dr. Shinn's charity of choice, the Seattle-based Chamber Rinks Foundation, which funds health care crisis intervention programs. 

"Optiva is thrilled to recognize and encourage the amazing altruistic efforts of Dr. Shinn," said Jack Gallagher, Optiva's president and COO. "The manner in which he's donated his professional skills symbolizes the type of work we wanted to honor with this award." 

For the past 10 years, Dr. Shinn has paid his own way to travel across the globe to remote villages in countries such as Tibet and Nepal. He spends almost two months every year donating his professional time to treat children in orphanages, implementing dental sealant programs, and providing locals with dental and health care supplies. On average, Dr. Shinn donates his professional skills to more than 2,000 people each year. 

"In many of the villages I travel to, no one has ever seen a toothbrush" said Dr. Shinn. "My goal is to teach them about healthy lifelong dental habits so they can become self-sufficient and care for themselves." 

Dr. Shinn also is making a difference in the schools near his Issaquah dental practice. Last year, he worked with more than 4,000 school children and teachers to share his outreach experiences. Many classrooms have begun their own programs to donate school supplies, clothes and books for Dr. Shinn to take with him abroad. 

"When I show the classrooms photos of the children in other countries receiving their goods, the warm feeling of giving really comes full circle because they can see from the photos the difference they made in the lives of those less fortunate." 

Optiva created the Tooth Fairy Award to recognize a dental professional who has donated his or her professional skills to charity. To be eligible, nominees must hold a professional dental degree, uphold admirable ethical and professional standards and donate their professional skills to treat patients as a regular part of the charitable service for which they are nominated. 

In addition to donating $10,000 to the winner's charity of choice, Optiva will also provide Dr. Shinn with a cash award of $5,000. Snoqualmie-based Optiva Corporation was initially funded in part by a grant from the National Institute of Health. The company was recently acquired by Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care (DAP), a division of Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG).