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To share practice related stories, create connections and engage readers in the amazing diversity of dietitian experiences.


Apr
20
2018

My Reflection about McGill’s Master’s of Science Applied in Human Nutrition- Dietetics Credentialing

Janelle HatchAlaa received her BASc. in Nutrition & Food from Ryerson University in 2015. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from McGill University in December 2017. As a newly licensed dietitian, Alaa is eager to share her experience as a graduate and dietetic student. In addition to her love of food and nutrition, Alaa enjoys fitness, travelling, and catching up on her latest TV series. Connect with Alaa on LinkedIn.

It was around two and a half years ago, when the exhilaration stemming from my undergraduate commencement began to fade, that the questions that plague most graduates surfaced. What’s next? Did I want to pursue a master’s degree? Did I want to go straight into an internship? Personally, I still had a lot of growing to do and did not feel ready to jump right into an internship. And more importantly, I knew that I wanted to learn more and delve deeper into the field of human nutrition. I guess that answers my question, right?   continue reading

Nov
17
2016

Do you have what it takes to live abroad? 3 vital questions to determine the answer

A registered dietitian, now working for the Canadian Forces, shares her passion for living abroad.


TI-HS1.jpgThida Ith is a registered dietitian from Montreal with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal. She also completed a certificate in public relations management at McGill University and a master’s degree in anthropology of food at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London in England. Since February 2016, Thida is the manager of health promotion for the Canadian Forces (Department of National Defense) in Toronto.  Thida speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently. She also speaks Cambodian at an intermediate level and Portuguese at a beginner’s level. She loves to travel and cook (of course!). You can follow her on Instagram or reach her on LinkedIn (she only accepts new LinkedIn connections if you write a message though!).  

I’m a traveller. This is probably my number one passion (yes, even more so than food). Travelling allows me to explore new territories, meet new people, and open my mind to new ideas.  It inspires and invigorates me.

Of course, I love food too (I wouldn’t be a dietitian otherwise). I love food not only because it can help protect health and it tastes delicious, but also because it connects me with people.

I’ve been a registered dietitian for 15 years now and I’ve been fortunate to have a diverse career so far. I’ve worked in pediatrics, food security, media relations and communications, marketing and international development.

My path has allowed me to develop some skills that have enabled me to live or study abroad. My first international experience (besides short holidays), was in Burkina Faso where I did an internship while still completing my undergraduate degree in nutrition.

I’ve studied for a summer in the Netherlands, worked in Honduras for two years, and studied for a year in the UK. Every one of those experiences taught me invaluable lessons. But my experiences in Canada also prepared me to be able to thrive outside the country. continue reading
 
Nov
13
2014

Bridging the divide: Key qualities and attitudes for working in remote areas

Cynthia Fallu, MSc, RD holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from McGill University and a Master of Science in International Nutrition from the University of Montreal. Over the years, Cynthia has worked in clinical roles, primary care and in international nutrition. She was also a research coordinator for a food, nutrition and environment study with First Nations populations in British Columbia and Ontario. She has spent time in Tanzania volunteering with a medical caravan. Cynthia currently lives in Montreal and enjoys the outdoors while biking, hiking, camping and skiing. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Travelling and learning about different cultures have always been key interests of mine. During my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to take courses in social studies of medicine in which health and nutrition were viewed through an anthropological lens. The different ways other cultures perceived and adopted approaches to nutrition and health were especially interesting to me. Cree and other indigenous cultures were high on this list.
 
I was fortunate to get a placement at the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch during my dietetic internship, which led to my first job as a dietitian on a First Nations reserve in Northern Ontario. As the sole dietitian for the west coast of James Bay, my practice touched on many aspects of dietetics from clinical work to hospital menu changes and facilitating workshops. It was thrilling to put my freshly acquired skills into practice while travelling to various communities and experiencing life in the north – including taking a helicopter to work! continue reading
Oct
23
2014

The tale of two Canadian dietitians in the United Kingdom: How to transfer your RD credentials for a life changing experience!

Jane Lac is a registered dietitian working in primary health care and community health. Jane has worked and volunteered in many areas focusing on paediatric nutrition. During her spare time she enjoys cycling, snowboarding and planning her next travel adventures – which always includes good local food! Contact Jane at janelac.rd@gmail.com.

Amanda Beales is a registered dietitian whose career has focused on clinical care, most recently complex continuing care and rehab. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where she completed a Masters of Applied Nutrition. In addition to travel, her passions include cooking, pottery and running. Contact Amanda at amanda.beales@gmail.com.


In 2011, Amanda’s partner got a secondment to work in his company’s England office. Always curious to experience life in another country, she seized the opportunity to go with him. Around the same time, Jane was finishing a contract position and her adventurous spirit told her to seek out the international experience that she had been pondering.

Fortunately for us, a former university professor who knew of our plans linked us together. This relationship proved invaluable in sharing this incredible experience together; including the blood, sweat and tears involved in transferring credentials and job searching, as well as the joy of experiencing a new culture and exploring the world.

This was a life changing experience for both of us. It was scary and effortful, but well worth it. Here are some of the things we learned for anyone considering doing the same. continue reading

Jan
30
2014

Baking our way to Victoria: The life of a student fundraiser

Caitlin Peiris is a 3rd year nutrition student and Dietitians of Canada Senior Liasion at the Universty of Saskatchewan.  She is very interested in pursuing community nutrition and research. Caitlin can be reached at caitlin.peiris@usask.ca.


For university students, money can be hard to come by. Nutrition students at the University of Saskatchewan know this all too well, and we dedicate a lot of time and energy to earning money in creative ways. For as valuable and exciting as the DC National Conference is, getting there on a student budget is no small feat.
 
As the Dietitians of Canada Liaison for my program, it is my job to facilitate this moneymaking endeavour. This is the story of 20 young women raising $9000 in 3 months to attend the National Conference in Victoria in 2013. continue reading
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