Emeritus Membership 2019

Dr. Shawna Berenbaum

Shawna Berenbaum, DC Saskatcewan member will be presented with the DC Emeritus award in June 2019. The Board of Directors bestows this permanent designation to retired members of DC in appreciation of the nominees’ unique and outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dietetic profession in Canada during the nominees' career. 
 
Shawna was Head of the Division of Nutrition and Dietetics (College of Pharmacy and Nutrition) from July 1, 1998 to June 30, 2005. During that time and up to her retirement she was also involved in many other collaborations and University/College committees.  Shawna is recognized as a leader in the dietetics community, not only within the province of Saskatchewan but nationally.  Shawna has been involved with Dietitians of Canada in leadership positions including Chair Elect, Chair, Past Chair of Board of Directors and Board Governance Committee and Vision 2020. In her role as an educator, Shawna has also taken on roles within PDEP, including interim Steering Committee Co-chair (2008-2010) and more recently, Accreditation Council.
 
Shawna is highly regarded amongst her educator colleagues and in 2008 was named as an educator representative to the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) transition council. Shawna influencedand contributed to the professional development of hundreds of dietitians who completed their training at the Nutrition Program at the University of Saskatchewan. A key member of the Nutrition faculty since 1988, Shawna has taught and mentored undergraduate, graduate and practicum students in community/public health nutrition, nutrition education, program planning and evaluation and professional practice.

Nominated by: Lana Moore, Roseann Nasser, Natasha Haskey


Fran Haley

Fran Haley, Atlantic Canada member will be presented with the DC Emeritus award in June 2019. The Board of Directors bestows this permanent designation to retired members of DC in appreciation of the nominees’ unique and outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dietetic profession in Canada during the nominees' career. 
 
Fran had an extensive career as a dietitian in senior executive roles in the foodservice industry, private practice and academics. Her leadership is recognized in dietetics and by other health professions. 
 
Fran’s work experience focused on Health Service Administration as a consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in the area of hospital restructuring. Prior to this, Fran’s industry experience included stints as Director of Nutrition Services and a consultant in Food Service Management with a number of diverse organizations most notably University Health Network, Toronto ON, Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, NS, Royal Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON and ARAMARK Canada. Fran was a dedicated lecturer at St. Francis Xavier University Department of Human Nutrition in the area of Food Service Systems and Management.
 
Fran excelled at advancing dietetics practice and theory and was committed to providing professional development for dietitians.  She actively encouraged employee, faculty and staff peers to develop their careers. She has been a longstanding member of the Department of Human Nutrition External Advisory Committee and assisted with preparation of packages for program accreditations by Dietitians of Canada. Fran has been integral to the enhancement of the integrated dietetic internship program at St Francis Xavier University. 

Nominated by: Laurie Wadsworth, Laura Reid, Linda Dietrich
 

Helen Haresign

Helen Haresign, DC Ontario member will be presented with the DC Emeritus award in June 2019. The Board of Directors bestows this permanent designation to retired members of DC in appreciation of the nominees’ unique and outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dietetic profession in Canada during the nominees' career. 
 
Helen’s career spans over 40 years, and she has had a significant impact on the dietetic profession in
Canada. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1972 and completed a dietetic internship at the Misericordia Hospital in Winnipeg in 1973. After completing an MSc (in Nutrition) at the U of M, she began her impressive career, initially as a Nutrition Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Health and then as the sole Public Health Nutritionist for the York Regional Health Unit. In 1986, Helen took a position with Dietitians of Canada, fulfilling increasingly more responsible positions with a national scope. Her initial role was as the Director of Public Relations. Subsequent positions included Director-Communications and Marketing, Managing Director of the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, Director - Development for DC, Vice President Development for DC.  During her time at DC Helen directed the development of three best-selling cookbooks on behalf of CDA/DC (EatWell LiveWell, Healthy Pleasures, and Great Food Fast) which resulted in significant national recognition for the profession as well as revenue for the Association.
 
Helen completed her career with DC as Director of EatRight Ontario from 2006 to 2018. Her contributions to dietetic practice and leadership were visionary. A concept like EatRight Ontario, was much more than a call centre – it was a service centre, offering users phone, website and email service and created a ground-breaking new model for dietetic practice. 

Nominated by: Ellen Vogel, Barb Anderson and Nicole Holdsworth


Marilyn Knox

Marilyn Knox, DC Ontario member will be presented with the DC Emeritus award in June 2019. The Board of Directors bestows this permanent designation to retired members of DC in appreciation of the nominees’ unique and outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dietetic profession in Canada during the nominees' career. 
 
Marilyn has contributed significantly to the advancement of dietetic practice and to the professional development of dietitians. She is recognized as a leader in dietetics by those within the profession and beyond.  Marylin has garnered  significant respect across many sectors; health, health care, food industry, government and within the dietetic profession.
 
Marylin started her careeer as a public health nutritionist in Ottawa.  She also worked  with Health Canada and then with the Grocery Products Manufacturers of Canada where she progressed through various roles leading to her work as Director of Regulatory Affairs and VP of operations.  Her work at Nestle Canada culminated in her role as President, Nestle Nutrition.  Marilyn advocated tirelessly at Nestle for the value that dietetic expertise would bring to a food company
 
The hallmark of Marilyn’s personal and professional style is one of empowerment.  She is an inclusive leader who inspires others to realize their potential. She has given unwavering support to dietitians in Canada and her volunteer contributions have been significant.  She was past President of both the Ontario and Newfoundland Dietetic Associations.  She is a former Board member of the Canadian Dietetic Association. Her ability to see nutrition and dietetics within the context of broader community involvement led her to play key roles in the Board of ParticipACTION as well as with Cancer Care Ontario.

Nominated by: Alison McLean, Sandra Matheson, Mary Bush