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Alberta and Territories

Here is the list of action groups in the region.  New members are always welcome. Please contact Member Services if you would like to learn more about these groups.


Alberta Long-Term Care Action Group (AB LTC AG)    

The AB LTC AG ensures a coordinated response to government consultations and regulatory changes that affect nutrition and standards of care in Continuing Care. Through peer support and professional development opportunities, the group supports dietitians to provide evidence-based practice. 

Actions and activities
  • Host educational and networking events covering topics like implementation of IDDSI, malnutrition, menu planning and end of life care.
  • Advocate for increased access to dietitians with both employers and provincial decision makers.
Recent accomplishments
  • Recently the group hosted Nourishing Knowledge, an educational event, and an Action Planning and Networking Day.
  • In September 2019, during Canadian Malnutrition Week, the group highlighted the role of dietitians in the identification and treatment of malnutrition with facility operators across the province.  
Meetings are held quarterly. Additional time may be required for planning events, preparing presentations, writing letters and submissions.

How to get involved
This group is made up on no more than 10 dietitians who represent or are directly affiliated with Continuing Care facilities across Alberta. There are currently openings for new committee members.

Leadership team: Kristen Hruschak, Marlin Bendayan, Keira Barron, Maria Kupreeva, Karen Boyd

Alberta Private Practice Interest Group   

This group supports the work of the the Employee Health Insurance Advocacy (EHIA) Advisory Committee to develop a sustainable strategy for additional dietitian coverage on employee health benefits plans. In addition, the Interest Group works to ensure that dietitians’ services are included in employee benefits programs in Alberta and supports awareness of dietitians through public campaigns. The group meets four to six times a year.

How to get involved
Dietitians from all areas of practice are welcome to join. There are currently openings for new committee members.

Leadership team: Andrea Hardy, Andrea Holwegner, Jennifer House, Kim Wagner Jones, Loreen Wales, Karen Boyd
 


Continuing Education Committee: Calgary (CEC:C)  

The Continuing Education Committee: Calgary plans accessible and local events to support professional development and networking, based on the needs of Calgary-area dietitians. The Committee meets about six times per year.

Annual events and activities
  • National Dietitians Day event (March)
  • Nutrition Support Day (April)
  • DC Conference Highlights (June)
  • Dietitian Research Rounds (October/November)
How to get involved
The CEC:C includes DC members who represent the major areas of practice (public health, primary care, clinical and management). The committee currently has openings for new members.

Leadership team: Rebecca Holmes, Katie Couzens, Lani Rabinovitch, Monica Storey, Shauna Kime, Karli Nordman, Suzanne Tenold, Bo Tang
 


Continuing Education Committee: Edmonton (CEC:E)  

The Continuing Education Committee: Edmonton plans accessible and local events to support professional development and networking, based on the needs of Edmonton-area dietitians. The Committee meets four to six times per year.

Actions and activities
  • National Dietitians Day event (March)
  • Grocery Store Tours for Dietitians (Spring)
  • Human Nutrition Research Unit Tour 
  • Plants on the Plate – Making Room for Vegetarian & Plant-Based Proteins 
How to get involved
The CEC:E is made up of DC members who represent the major areas of practice (Academic/Internship, Community, Industry, Clinical and Administration) along with a student or intern representative. Ad hoc committees are established as required. The CEC:E also welcomes members from outside of the city of Edmonton who can participate in meetings through teleconference.

Leadership team Amanda Leendertse, Mélanie Légaré, Debbie Pietsch, Jaclyn Chute, Jennifer Pasanen, Jodie Harbarenko, Julia MacLaren, Kelly Berg, Meredith Swytink-Binnema, Rebecca Neveu, Sally Ho

 
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