Morgan Awards


2016 National Morgan Medal Award

2016 Regional Recipients


Connie Jing Nan Yu

Connie is currently enrolled in the MSc in Applied Human Nutrition program with dietetic internship at Mount Saint Vincent University. Connie was recognized as a Scotia Scholar by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and she had received funding from CIHR and various scholarships from both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Connie was also on the winning team of the Dalhousie Interprofessional Health Care Team Challenge, where she experienced how healthcare professionals from different fields collaborate to deliver the best patient care. Connie's research focused on the effect of pureed pulses on food intake and appetite in children and adolescents.

Region: Atlantic

Emily How

Emily recently obtained her Bachelors degree in Dietetics after completing the integrated internship program offered at McGill University. During her studies, she was the recipient of one of the 2015 Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Her research project investigated the effects of the digests of purple potato and purple sweet potato on colon cancer vs. normal cell viability. Now a registered dietitian, Emily is excited to continue further scientific pursuits with the intention of incorporating research into professional practice.

Region: Northeast Ontario and Québec Region

Lauren Kennedy

Lauren Kennedy is currently enrolled in the MSc in Foods and Nutrition Internship stream program at Brescia University College, Western University. Lauren has enjoyed research experiences in diverse areas of nutrition including critical care, physiology, program evaluation, and public health. In her Masters, Lauren has been researching food skills in University students, with a focus on validity and reliability of measurement tools.

Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Desiree Parras

Desiree Perras is a nutrition student from the University of Saskatchewan. She has completed her practicum research "Meal delivery service model to alternate level of care unit; Impact on satisfaction and dietary intake" through a summer student research position in Regina. This fall she will be starting her dietetic practicum in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.

Region: Manitoba and Saskatchewan  

Heather Woodward

Heather is currently employed as a clinical dietitian at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, BC. She is enjoying gaining experience in a variety of different clinical areas. Heather has also done some contract work including speaking to groups about sports nutrition, and assisting with some course redevelopment at UBC. Aside from her more clinical roles as a dietitian, Heather spends lots of time in her kitchen, writes a food and nutrition blog, and loves outdoor adventures. Heather hopes to contribute to the field of dietetics through research at some point in her career as a dietitian.

Region: British Columbia