Education Day & AGM


Friday, May 12, 2017 at Old Orchard Inn in Wolfille (map

9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30-11:30 a.m. Difficult Conversations
Executive Coach Harriette Schumacher will deliver an interactive keynote address on how to communicate your thoughts, needs and concerns in such a way to understand and influence others.

11:30 a.m. Update from Dietitians of Canada’s Regional Executive Director Jackie Spiers

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:30-1:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting

1:30-3:30 p.m. Integrating Evidence into Practice
Dietitians of Canada’s Manager of Public Relations and Media, Kate Comeau will facilitate a panel discussion on how to use evidence to inform decision-making in dietetic practice.

Panel members include:

Kim Barro, Executive Director Risk Management- Health Promotion
Director of Nutrition and Food Services of Western Zone, Michelle McLearn
Valley Regional Hospital’s Clinical Dietitian, Deidre Burns
Eskasoni Health Centre’s Dietitian/Epidemiologist, Anita MacKinnon

Resources from Past Education Days

Evidence-based Practice & NSDA’s New Position Statement on the Sale of Nutrition Products

Evidence-based practice is an aspect of practice that may differentiate dietitians from other nutrition practitioners. Public trust and the integrity of the profession are influenced by this fundamental aspect of dietetic practice. NSDA’s new position statement on the sale, endorsement and recommendation of products states that clear evidence is a key consideration. This session provides an overview of the position statement and how to determine if there is sufficient quality evidence-based research to support the recommendation, sale or endorsement of a product.  Speakers: Dr. Theresa Glanville, professor at Mount Saint Vincent University and Kelley Hiltz-Cameron, owner of Core Nutrition

Mentorship: Facilitating a Community of Practice

This workshop aims to start a dialogue about mentorship. The workshop facilitators distinguish between mentorship and evaluation-based relationships. Existing Canadian-based mentorship programs are used as examples and mentors and mentees share lessons learned, while reflecting on how their involvement in a formal mentorship program has impacted them professionally. Speakers: Shannan Grant, assistant professor at Mount Saint Vincent University and Judy Fraser, internship education program coordinator