Member Recognition Awards 2016

Leadership

Kate Cole

Kate has taken a lead on advancing the dietetic profession, especially the role of dietitians employed in the corporate setting. As Nutrition, Health and Wellness Director at Nestle Canada, she led the implementation of corporate commitments in these areas. Beginning with a research partnership to establish nutrition knowledge, followed by improving product nutrient profiles, product labeling and e-training for employees in basic and practical dietary information. Outcomes included stronger partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and the hiring of more dietitians.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Shahzadi Devje

Shahzadi is being recognized for her community activist work to enhance the health and wellbeing within the international Ismaili community. She has recently been appointed as operational chairperson of the nutrition center for the Ismaili Organization which is a global position serving 20 countries and 15 million Ismailis, focusing on reducing the burden of chronic disease through nutrition and active living. Throughout her involvement within the Ismaili community, Shahzadi worked to establish a team internationally to represent each country and work collaboratively for creative content planning and health promotion initiatives globally and incorporating "best available" evidence in all materials/resources and presentations.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Kelly Anne Erdman

For her leadership in the field of sport nutrition, Kelly Anne Erdman is being acknowledged with a Leadership Award. Kelly Anne’s educational accomplishments, career milestones, teaching, publications, mentoring and knowledge translation efforts have helped in making Canada a recognized leader in sport nutrition. Her work with the national sports organizations has raised the perceived value of nutrition and the sport dietitian’s profile among coaches and competitive athletes. Kelly Anne has lead by example helping to create new roles for dietitians in the sport arena and fostering advanced skills and knowledge to support other dietitians by translating science into practice. She is an effective advocate for the role of dietitians on multidisciplinary teams who coach and train athletes.
Region: Alberta and the Territories

Marg Ewtushik

Marg has provided leadership over the last 42 years by developing and advancing the profession at clinical, governmental and educational levels. Marg holds the distinction of being the longest member of the College of Dietitians of Newfoundland and Labrador. As a pioneer, agent of change, collaborator, and mentor Marg has been instrumental in establishing the dietetics profession in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has brought our profession forward and helped it to blossom because of her actions. Her passion continues with all of the projects that she takes on even after retirement. She is a true inspiration to all that meet her.
Region: Atlantic

Bernard Lavallée

Bernard shows initiative and and leadership using multiple tools to communicate nutrition to and with the public. He enjoys a prominent professional relationship with followers of his successful blog “Le nutritionniste urbaine” (the urban nutritionist), reaching out to a young demographic on public health and nutrition topics that currently interest them and play a role in their future health. Bernard is also helping lead the way in the area of sustainable food and environmental impact with the publication of his book “Sauver la planete une bouchee a la fois” (Saving the planet one bite at a time) sharing his interest and knowledge with colleagues and the public.
Region: Northeast Ontario and Québec

Gillian Salmon

Gillian is the recipient of the Leadership Award for her work with New Brunswick Dietitians in Action (NBDiA) both at an executive and regional level. Her passion and dedication for the profession are evident through her commitment to the provincial and regional dietitians in action groups, which contribute to the growing voice of Dietitians in the province. As part of the Fredericton Dietitians in Action Group, Gillian has taken the lead in planning and organizing several initiatives including Nutrition Month events.
Region: Atlantic

Edie Shaw-Ewald

Edie Shaw-Ewald’s leadership helped to create the Dietitians Network of Nova Scotia in 2012, with the goal of promoting and increasing awareness and recognition of the dietetic profession within the province. The network involves dietetic professionals at all stages of their career contributing to an online and media presence, newsletter and other resources for dietitians and the public. Edie continues to advocate for networking and sharing between the local network and the DC Atlantic network and recently helped organize the DC Atlantic Professional Development event. Her efforts have helped increase the public’s understanding of the unique role dietetic professionals play in the community.
Region: Atlantic

Education

Beverly Brockest

Beverly demonstrates her commitment to education through collaboration, advancement, and expansion of academic and practical dietetics to support excellence in program outcomes. As Curriculum and Practicum Coordinator at Ryerson University since 2008, Bev is a leader in competency-based education and progressive programming. For example, the development and delivery of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Her contributions, as preceptor, mentor and coach for Internationally Educated Dietitians and the Internationally Educated Dietitians Pre-registration program help bridge the way to dietetic licensure and practice.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Lori Buscher 

Lori’s focus on bridging of citizenship, professional ethics and candidate centred collaboration has successfully lead to the graduation of about 145 candidates licensed to practice as Canadian dietitians. Her vision was the design and implementation of the Internationally Educated Dietitians Pre-registration Program at Ryerson University in 2005 through 2007. Lori subsequently managed the program up until 2015, advocating and bringing together provincial organizations and Ministries to help make the program a success and sharing lessons and experiences learned.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Eileen Cabrera

Eileen has shown commitment to excellence as the Internship Coordinator of Vancouver Coastal Health. She pioneered relationships and arranged for the first ever placements with the First Nations Health Authority in Population and Public Health. She has provided enhanced internship opportunities including ensuring that all interns are competent to register with the College of Dietitians to perform restricted activities related to parenteral, enteral and home enteral nutrition. She developed a strong collaborative partnership with the University dietetics program helping to enhance the program to best meet the changing needs of the students and preceptors.
Region: British Columbia

Angela Cuddy

As an internship coordinator, Angela is being recognized for her commitment to advancing options to support future workforce and professional needs in academia and research. Angela has helped to set academic and practical training standards for undergraduate programs for Ryerson’s Internationally Educated Dietitians Pre-registration program. Angela has also expanded the dietetics profession by increasing the number of internship positions at Aramark as well as created partnerships and job opportunities with first nations populations such as the Credit River Metis Council.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Paula Dworatzek

Doctors June and Paula have demonstrated commitment to education and learning through a collaborative approach to advancing and expanding academic dietetics education. They are being honored for their innovative, Community Nutrition course and its virtual components that incorporate situational assessment and program planning into academic learning opportunities for graduate students. This unique multi-strategy approach empowers self-learning and competence in program planning and evaluation, and promotes understanding of the value of inter-sectorial practice for effecting change in food environments.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

June Matthews

Doctors June and Paula have demonstrated commitment to education and learning through a collaborative approach to advancing and expanding academic dietetics education. They are being honored for their innovative, Community Nutrition course and its virtual components that incorporate situational assessment and program planning into academic learning opportunities for graduate students. This unique multi-strategy approach empowers self-learning and competence in program planning and evaluation, and promotes understanding of the value of inter-sectorial practice for effecting change in food environments.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Barbara Roebothan

Barbara’s dedication and commitment to dietetic education and training is outstanding and highly deserving of an Education Award. She was the lead in developing a Master of Public Health/Nutrition and Dietetics Stream at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Barbara is a researcher and preceptor for dietetics research and also makes valuable contributions to the Dietetic Educators Committee and Status of the Future Training of Dietitians initiative in Newfoundland/Labrador. Her current and past commitments demonstrate her drive to advance and expand academic and practical dietetics education working towards accessible, flexible and innovative learning opportunities.
Region: Atlantic

Linda Smith

Her nominators recognizes her incredible work as internship coordinator in PEI and her ability to support interns and graduates in becoming “leaders in promoting health and wellness, as life-long learners and mentors for those beginning their dietetic careers in Canada”. She exemplifies the values of the profession with her collaborative approach, dedication to inter professional education and commitment to make our profession inclusive and respectful of diversity.
Region: Atlantic

Helen Tomalik

As internship coordinator with St. Michael’s Hospital, Helen has demonstrated commitment and leadership in implementing a new Professional Masters Diploma in Dietetics in collaboration with Ryerson’s School of Nutrition. Helen is a true inspiration to others and exemplifies the spirit of Vision 2020 for increasing the opportunities for education, in particular to ensure that academic and practicum programs are integrated, accessible and accredited by the profession.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Innovation

Patricia Chuey

Patricia has shown significant innovation and leadership in the application of nutrition science and economics. Seeing the need for a nutritious, high functioning all-purpose Gluten Free flour she developed one using Canadian-grown beans and sorghum flour which is now marketed and sold by BC grocery retailers. She is a highly successful entrepreneur also publishing her 5th cookbook, featuring Gluten free recipes.
Region: British Columbia

Nicole Doucet

Nicole has founded NDC Nutrition at Work, making dietitians accessible to Employee and Family Assistance Programs as their nutrition provider. This partnership enabled organizations to offer their employees free access to a robust team of registered dietitians, in a format tailored to their needs. Through her entrepreneurship skills, Nicole truly improved access to dietitians in Canada.
Region: Northeast Ontario and Québec

Elizabeth (Lisa) Forster Coull

Lisa led the development of the Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative that has changed the BC pediatric weight management landscape. With Lisa’s influence in the initiative, dietitians are now positioned to be the lead in guiding the response to and care of families seeking pediatric weight management support. The work that she has done throughout this initiative has been pivotal in bringing the RD role closer to the realization of Vision 2020 and will remain her legacy.
Region: British Columbia

Heather Keller

The initiatives that Heather is nominated for wholly support Vision 2020 by equipping dietitians with tools to bring evidence into practice and to become leaders in their organizations while developing strong partnerships to influence change. Earlier work with the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force helped lay the groundwork for the More-2-Eat program. As a multi-site, Canadian project, Heather and the clinical teams will examine optimized protein supplementation for malnourished elderly patients as determined by a validated nutrition care pathway. Study outcomes will help dietitians and managers understand the importance of change management, cost implementation and effect of change on practice and patients.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Michelle Latinsky

Michelle followed a unique career path in the natural health products (NHPs) industry positioning herself as the ‘go-to’ resource for dietitians seeking to learn more about NHPs and their health benefits. Three years ago, she took it upon herself to create a Healthcare Professional Outreach Program in her role at Jamieson Laboratories. The goal to give dietitians (and other healthcare professionals) greater access to accurate, evidence-based information about NHPs. In a space that is crowded with unregulated health professionals, Michelle’s work provides a credible voice for dietitians to advance the health and wellness of Canadians in the area of natural health products.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna’s efforts to improve school nutrition in New Brunswick and across the country are being recognized with an Innovation Award. Working at a local and national level since 2006, Mary has been a voice for the profession in various advocacy efforts, as well as, research and knowledge translation in support of healthy eating for children and evidence based school food policy. Mary’s roles range from participating as a Board member with the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke Foundation to leading innovative initiatives as Farm to Cafeteria Canada and Nourishing School Communities. She helped plan the first National School Food Conference and fostered a partnership between local dietitians and doctors to implement Making Menus Matter..
Region: Atlantic

Pooja Mansukhani

Pooja has demonstrated creativity and passion in pursuing a somewhat novel role in the workplace and in doing so has advanced the dietetic profession. As the District Dietitian at the University of Toronto she interacts with students, staff, administrators, health professionals, chefs and farmers in the role of mentor, teacher, care provider, overseer of food quality, or researcher on food wastage and urban gardens. She has been successful in advocating for an increase in dietitian positions in this work setting thereby creating opportunities for our profession, especially for those who like to think outside the box!
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Stephanie O’Brien

Stephanie is a Program Coordinator with Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador and the Eat Great and Participate program. She helps promote healthy eating and access to healthy foods in sport, recreation and community facilities and events by networking with local and regional organizations and fellow dietitians. Through her innovative work Stephanie provides information, support and develops tools for non-traditional settings and populations. In doing so she has helped to improve access to dietitians across the continuum of care and sectors of the economy and society.
Region: Atlantic

Abbey Sharp Fitzpatrick

Abbey is being recognized for her passion and commitment to promoting dietitians and providing food and nutrition information through her national and international media presence. Abbey has demonstrated strong, inspirational, entrepreneurial leadership and business savvy through Abbey’s Kitchen Inc, popular You Tube videos and many other media and social media outlets.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Loreen Wales

Loreen launched Revive Wellness in 2006 and it is now one of the largest groups of private practice Dietitians in North America. Her vision for corporate wellness has helped to increase people’s access to Dietitians and the recent addition of an online wellness community has allowed her to take the corporate wellness program nationally and internationally. She has been an advocate to increase access to Dietitians in Alberta and Canada; demonstrating the importance of early dietary intervention.
Region: Alberta and the Territories

Association Catalyst

Carlota Basualdo-Hammond

Carlota is being recognized for her long term work as a member of the Dietitians of Canada (DC) Morgan Medal Review Committee. As a member of the committee, Carlota’s work encourages lifelong professional learning, inquiry and future contributions to the dietetic profession. Her ongoing contribution to this committee demonstrates leadership and enhances the profile of the profession.
Region: Alberta and the Territories

Casey Berglund

Casey has been a DC National Spokesperson since 2014 providing valuable insight while participating in dozens of interviews for radio and television. This, in combination with, her participation in the DC Member Blog Program lead to expanded leadership and heightened profile for the profession in promoting health and wellness in the public domain. Casey demonstrates that diverse roles that support Vision 2020 allow for unique approaches to reach a broader public with healthy eating messages.
Region: Alberta and the Territories

Pierrette Buklis

Pierrette is being honored for her long-standing commitment to providing her knowledge and industry perspective to Association projects that support our voice to the public and to government. As a longtime member of the Regulatory Affairs Advisory Group, her unique expertise has been insightful and very helpful to articulate balanced feedback from Dietitians of Canada. To share this knowledge and expertise, she has played a role to initiate an upcoming online tool to help RDs learn more about the nuances and inner workings of food regulation in Canada.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Deidre Burns

Throughout her career, Deidre has been involved in various activities that raise the profile of dietitians and the advance of the dietetics profession. Deidre has been the chair of the DC Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Network for the past 4 years and is an active member of a newly formed DC Local Action Group in Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Continuing Care Action Group. More recently Deidre has used her passion and determination to call together a group of dietitians from across Nova Scotia to begin discussions about how to support families who are discharged home on enteral nutrition without financial support. Deidre has also been on the planning committee for the DC National Conference.
Region: Atlantic

Hélène Charlebois

Hélène co-chairs the DC Local Area Action Group in Ottawa and she was instrumental in helping to get this new group implemented. The Action Group helps support, amongst other initiatives, networking and partnership opportunities and social events. Anyone who knows Helene recognizes her spirit and “can do” attitude in her continued advocacy for dietitian services as part of employee health insurance plans for all Canadians. Much of this work is part of the leadership and support she has provided to the Consulting Network executive and Local Action Groups. Helene’s initiatives help heighten the profile for the profession, increasing awareness of dietitian’s abilities and skills.
Region: Northeast Ontario and Québec

Jennifer Daniels

Jennifer has been an active, engaged DC member for many years. She has been the Nutrition month representative, raised awareness with government leaders on the role and impact of poverty and food insecurity on health, advocated for the need for Public Health Dietitians and has provided a strong voice for Dietitians in the Yukon.
Region: Alberta and the Territories

Kayla Glynn

As the internship coordinator for the Masters in Food and Nutrition program at Brescia University since 2007, Kayla has developed partnerships with over 200 organizations and lobbied for additional opportunities to grow the profession. In 2014, Kayla was instrumental in launching a new Diploma in Dietetics, adding an additional 15 internship places, and expanding the MScFN program to 15 students. Kayla is tireless in her efforts to expand placement opportunities to grow the profession and introduce new professionals to both traditional and unique areas of practice. In addition, Kayla has represented the education sector on the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice since 2012 sitting on several working groups including Accreditation.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Margaret Hughes

Margaret has been a DC Nutrition Month Regional Representative for the Ottawa area for 3 years with a proven track record for increasing nutrition related activities. She also co-chairs the DC Local Area Action Group, helping organize networking and social events that help build partnerships, sharing, and a sense of community among practicing dietitians. Her efforts help heighten the profile for the profession and demonstrate her willingness to take on an expanded leadership role.
Region: Northeast Ontario and Québec

Noella Leydon

Throughout her career, Noella has made great contributions to the dietetics profession both provincially with the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (SDA) and nationally with Dietitians of Canada. She was a champion for dietitians and an advocate for the unique skill set that they bring to the health care setting. Noella also demonstrated commitment to the profession through sustained contributions to the priorities of DC. As a member and co-chair of the DC Advisory Committee for Professional Affairs, she was involved in establishing the Dietetic Educator Network to support networking, collaboration and excellence in dietetic education. Her presence and leadership helped to promote collaboration between the health regions, DC and SDA for the benefit of the public and dietetics profession in Saskatchewan.
Region: Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Angela Liuzzo

Angela is a committed member of DC Regulatory Affairs Advisory Group – her contributions of knowledge and industry perspective, based on her extensive private consulting work, have been insightful and very helpful to articulate balanced feedback from DC. Her current commitment, including consultation with Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on food labeling, her previous commitments to other association networks and her dedication to mentoring students makes Angela much-deserving of this association catalyst award.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Nancy Saunders

Nancy is currently the DC representative to Food Secure Canada and is an active member and the communications coordinator for both the DC Nutrition and Food Security Network and the DC Aboriginal Nutrition Network. Through her role as communications coordinator, Nancy was a key member of the implementation of TeamDeck, a social media system for DC networks. Nancy’s contributions heighten the profile of registered dietitians and help stimulate engagement, education and sharing of information and enthusiasm among members.
Region: Northeast Ontario and Québec

Dayle Sunohara

Dayle is co-chair of the DC Regulatory Affairs Advisory Group. As a passionate and natural leader, Dayle helps ensure the group members advise DC Public Affairs on national food regulatory issues that could impact the health and safety of Canadians. Through her independent analysis , evidential and careful consideration of the issues, she has advanced our profession’s body of knowledge and helped to contribute this to government officials in their work.
Region: Northwest and Central Ontario

Lalitha Taylor

Lalitha is a DC National Spokesperson, providing nutrition information regularly in the media, including regular live interviews for CTV2's Alberta Primetime Lifestyle Panel where for the last 3 years she has become the single regular dietetic member of this panel. She is the presenter and/or co-creator of 17 of the 65 educational video clips currently broadcast on Health Unlimited TV. She also has spearheaded annual DC Nutrition Month initiatives for the last 3 years and was recognized with an Edmonton Top 40 Under 40 designation– the first dietitian to be given this title in the 7 years of the award.
Region: Alberta and the Territories