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NBAD Newsletter – February 2017

A warm hello to New Brunswick Registered Dietitians from your NBAD Board of Directors, Committees and Office. Please read on to see what is new with your Association over the last few months.

NBAD Announcements

New Registrar/Executive Director: Dear members, I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am honored to have been selected to assume the responsibilities of the Registrar/Executive Director for the upcoming year. I look forward to continuing and advancing Ellen’s numerous projects that she has taken on with great passion and work with the NBAD Board of Directors and Committees throughout the year. I can be reached by telephone at 506-386-5903 (new number!) or by email at registrar@adnb-nbad.com from Monday to Friday.

Online Membership Renewal: Your membership renewal (form and payment) is required by NBAD between February 15th and March 15th, 2017 in order to ensure processing of all registrations before the expiry date of March 31st, 2017. The online renewal form will be available on our website under the ʺMembers Onlyʺ section as of February 15th, 2017.

Board News

Board Members: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Véronique Ferguson has graciously accepted the invitation by the Board to become the President-Elect while assuming her role as Treasurer until May 2017. Véronique will complete a two-year mandate as President, followed by a two-year mandate as Past President. Please contact the Registrar if you are interested in becoming a member of the Board.

We would like to welcome Monica Thériault as the new Member-at-Large representative. Monica is the Executive Director of the Community Inclusion Network of the Acadian Peninsula. We look forward to her enthusiastic energy and hearing her creative ideas during her mandate.

Monica will be replacing Vanessa Yurchesyn who held this position since 2013. Thank you Vanessa for your dedication and all your work in moving our Association forward with key initiatives during your mandate.

Quality Assurance Committee: NBAD is pleased to announce Julia Besner as the new QA Committee Chair and to welcome Karine Soucy, Kristin Brown and Elise Sanderson as new members to the QA Committee.

Registration Committee: NBAD is also pleased to announce Laura Brennan and Holly Heartz as the new Registration Committee Co-Chairs. We would also like to say a special thank you to Heather Godfrey and Caroline LeBlanc for their dedication and their work with the Registration Committee during their mandate. If you are interested in joining this Committee, please email at registrar@adnb-nbad.com.

Legislation Committee: Joining the Legislation Committee is Michelle DesRoches. Welcome Michelle!

Quality Assurance Committee News

Thank you to all those who have submitted their Continuing Competences Program (CCP) documents for 2017!

The QA Committee strive to make improvements in the CCP process. In addition to reviewing the audited members, the QA Committee will review the submitted goals of other members to determine if goals are adequately written as SMART goals and provide members with some general guidance for the following year. If not being audited, you can expect to receive an email to indicate how your goal setting was prepared.

Legislative Committee News

The Legislation Committee is drafting changes to the Legislation and we would like YOUR input regarding the new name for our regulatory body.

How long is the survey? 2 questions = 30 seconds!

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFRYJGG

Deadline to respond: Friday February 3rd, 2017

Why change the name? We want to align our name with what we actual do which is protect the public by ensuring dietitians have the qualification to practice and are practicing competently and ethically.

“Associations” usually are member driven organizations whose mandate is to provide services and support to the members. When NBAD was first established that was its primary goal. Over the years, government expectations have changed so that our role has become solely public protection.  The change of name to “College” signifies this role change and is in keeping with other regulatory bodies in the province and across the country.

Registration Committee News

The Registration Committee had a face to face meeting in October 2016 where they updated the Temporary Membership Policy to reflect the Bylaws. The first policy entitled Temporary Membership while Awaiting the Exam describes that an applicant to NBAD may be granted Temporary membership conditional upon being registered to write the next sitting of the national dietetics registration exam. The second policy entitled Temporary Membership following Exam Failure provides a detailed procedure if a temporary member following failed attempt (s) on the national dietetics registration exam and how their registration status is affected. The intent of these policies is to ensure the protection of the public of New Brunswick.

Becoming a Mentor

As our Code of Ethics states under Principle 7.0, NBAD Registered Dietitians have the mandate to support the training and education of future members of the profession. We recognize that a great handful of our RDs currently assume the role as mentors and we applaud you for all your work! For those of you who are interested in welcoming a Dietetic Intern, but don’t know where to start? We have two great internship programs in New Brunswick who are always interested to have new placements to offer to their interns. For more information, please contact:

Sonia Bérubé, Nutrition & Dietetic Professional Practice Coordinator Université de Moncton sonia.berube@umoncton.ca (506) 858-3762

Nadya Savoie, Manager, Clinical Nutrition The Moncton Hospital Nadya.Savoie@HorizonNB.ca (506) 857-5408

Reminder of the NBAD Dietetic Intern Registration Policy:

ʺIt is the responsibility of Registered Dietitians registered with the Association to notify the Association’s office of requests from applicants seeking practical dietetic experience in New Brunswick. ʺ (applicants are those who are not currently registered as Dietetic Interns with NBAD)

ʺIt is the responsibility of Dietetic Interns, supervising Dietitians and Internship Directors to notify the Association of any misconduct or breach of professional standards that is in contravention to the regulatory framework found in the Association Act, Regulations, Bylaws, and Code of Ethics.ʺ

Resources for Mentors:

Farewell to Members Leaving and Welcome New Members

Saying goodbye to our honourary members

Joy Johns was a pioneer in the practice of dietetics in the Atlantic Provinces and she was also once an NBAD President. She worked in three of the Atlantic Provinces and was the first Dietitian in New Brunswick to have a private practice. Joy was a mentor and a great friend to many in our profession. We send our deepest sympathies to her family including, Joy’s daughter, Linda Mann, an Associate Professor in the Applied Human Nutrition Department at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Irene Holmes graduated with a degree to be a dietitian from Acadia University then continued on her career for the next fifty (and more) years at the Saint John General Hospital and the Saint John Regional Hospital. She was a proud member of the American Dietetic Association and the New Brunswick Dietetic Association for over 50 years. Irene will be sadly missed and we send our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones.

Resigning Members

Farewell to Vanessa Yurcheson, Janelle Minty and Stéphanie Caissie. We wish you all the best in your new endeavours.

Welcome New Members

Welcome Janna MacKay! Janna, a RD who transferred from the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association, will be settling back to the Maritimes from the Northwest Territories.

Congratulations to members who have recently attained Active registration status after having passed the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination in November 2016:

Janik Aubé

Monica Bastarache

Catherine Biden

Ashley Bray

Monica Brideau


Katelyn Bourgeois

Jessica Haché

Kristin Lutes

Myriam Levasseur

Kyla MacLean


Vanessa Martel

Magali Savoie

Jenna Whitlock

Brayln White

Getting to Know Your NBAD Board

This is a regular feature of the NBAD Update to help members get to know the Board of Directors. This month, we would like to introduce Clodine Bilodeau, Secretary.

It is the second time Clodine has occupied this position, the first was in 1987-1988. Clodine is regularly involved in her community, either as a board member or as a volunteer for various organizations.

On the professional side, she sat on the revising committee of the French Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination for the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies from 2006 to 2011. She was also instructor in hygiene and food safety for Train Can Inc. from 2005 to 2012.

Clodine graduated from the Université Laval and has been registered with NBAD since 1986 and remains a registered dietitian since her retirement in August 2015.

She brings to the Association her experience as a food service hospital manager for private and public employers. Clodine looks forward to representing her peers and supporting the mission of our professional association in its advancement.

Clodine enjoys reading, cooking, walking and gardening. Her favorite flowers are peony and roses and her favorite vegetables are garlic and asparagus. This year, for the first time, she and her spouse will welcome a young Brazilian student for a semester of study as their large house at Charlo has been quite empty since their daughter is studying in Moncton.

Welcome Clodine!

We love to hear your feedback! Please email registrar@adnb-nbad.com

Please remember it is the responsibility of all registrants, as according to the Act, Regulations and Bylaws to update the NBAD office when you have a change in your name, your contact information or your employment or if you have been involved in any legal issues that impinge upon personal or professional role and duties.