Candidates for Positions on the 2018-2019/2020 CSNM Board of Directors

At the close of nominations, multiple names were presented, and as per the revised CSNM Bylaw, there will be an election at the Annual General Meeting for this position. Candidate info (policy statement and bio) can be found below.

Menna Abdou, NM  (Ontario Representative)

I would love to serve on the CSNM board of directors for so many reasons. I feel like I have what it takes to represent this great society. I have recently discovered the opportunity of becoming a Nutrition manager, I didn't know much about it when I was in undergrad. When I was in undergrad, all I could think about was becoming a Registered Dietitian and I think that is what many students have in mind. However, there are many options to discover, one of them being a Nutrition manager. I think a goal of mine is to make this society transparent to everyone and to advertise more about the society: like having info sessions at various universities. I also would like to be on the CSNM board of directors because like to gain more volunteer and leadership experience.

My name is Menna Abdou. I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from Western University. I have a passion for health and nutrition. I believe that food plays a big role in our lives, and that with proper nutrition we can lead healthy lifestyles. I have over two years experience working in long term care homes as part of the Food service department. I love to gain new experiences and build connections with people. Ever since I was young, I wanted to become involved in health care. I have aspirations of becoming a Dietitian and a Diabetes educator, however, I want to build my way up. I think becoming a Nutrition manager is a great start and I look forward to becoming more involved with the society.

Christeen Read, NM  (Ontario Representative)

I would be honoured to sit on the CSNM board in the capacity of Provincial Rep. My goal is to promote the profession of Nutrition Management, act as a positive liaison between the provincial and national board and further strengthen the relationship between the two.

Christeen is a Red Seal Chef and Nutrition Manager who has been working in the Long Term Care sector for over 25 years. While attending college, Chris began her first job as a Dietary Aide in 1991. There was no turning back. After graduating college and receiving her Red Seal designation, Chris continued to work front line as a Cook and Chef until 2003 when she graduated from George Brown College with a Post Graduate Diploma in Food and Nutrition Management. Chris has since held various roles as a Nutrition Manager, Educator and Business Leader, along with seats on both the Provincial and National Board. Currently Chris works as a member of the Corporate Team with Sienna Senior Living out of Markham, Ontario. Chris has a passion uniting people with food. Her mission is to inspire and motivate Health Care Professionals from all disciplines to use their individual skills and resources to create a positive change for the clients that they serve.

Daphne Spear, CNM  (Certification)

In February 2107 I was asked to step into the Certification position mid term. During the following 15 months I worked toward the goals set out in the Strat Plan developed in Nov. of 2016. During this time I have had the CCPC application fee reduced. Introduced some discount offers for CNM's. Secure a regular spot in the Food Service and Nutrition Magazine for CNM articles and testimonials from our CNM members and their employers. I am currently working on promoting and educating Employers of the benefits of employing and supporting a CSNM CNM member. I would like the opportunity to continue on the projects that have been started and seeing them through to their completion. I strongly believe in continuing education and recognizing the accomplishment of our members.

I am currently working as Director of Support Services for a non-profit Senior Residence. I have worked in Long Term Care for over thirty years. I manage food services, housekeeping, laundry and the maintenance team. Our building is unique and I also oversee the strata and the building projects. I enjoy problem solving and challenges on a daily basis. I enjoy working with the elderly and have developed excellent working relationships with my clients and families over the years. I have a diploma in Nutrition Management and have achieved the highest standards in both my fields by earning my Certified Nutrition Manager and Red Seal Chef. I am a member in good standing with both the Canadian Society of Nutrition (CSNM) Management and the Pacific Society of Nutrition Management (PSNM. Continuing education has always been very important to me and I feel it is essential to stay current with new practices as they apply to our aging clients. I attend seminars and education sessions throughout the year to keep updated on the latest information and training available in my field.

Judy Stricharuk, CNM (Certification)

As a Nutrition Manager and experienced Board member on both CSNM and the OSNM board I have continued to support and advocate for raising the bar of education and life long learning. As a Certified Nutrition Manager and past Certification Chair I understand the challenges for Nutrition Managers to find the time and support to pursue further education. If elected to this position I would work to ensure CSNM Certification is recognized across Canada.

Judy Stricharuk is a Certified Nutrition Manager & Red Seal Chef with over 20 years experience in Long Term Care in addition to 15 years as a Chef and Food & Beverage Manager in the hospitality industry. Judy has proudly served on the CSNM and OSNM Boards with dedication and passion and brings experience to the Certification Chair position. Her knowledge and skill in educating, advocating, negotiating, writing business and contract proposals and publishing magazine articles stand as testament to life long learning. After a successful career in Long-Term Care Judy spends her time running her own business interests, consulting, volunteering and enjoys yoga, herb gardening, writing, spending time in Costa Rica and travelling.

Julie Trudeau, CNM (Certification)

I really believe in the value and importance of accreditation and would like to be a part of this process. Having taught briefly at a College, seeing the curriculum and working in the field for over 20 years I feel I have some knowledge and a skill set to offer insight in what is important and pertinent information that students require to be successful in the field.

I have worked in the field of Food and Nutrition for over 20 years, I have spent 16 of those years working in the independent schools working for Aramark. I recently have obtained my CNM designation and each year look forward to taking placement students from the college to help them start their careers.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management will be held on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. AST at the Delta Beausejour, 750 Main Street Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 1E6. We encourage all members to attend. If you are not able to attend in person we encourage you to complete a proxy form  with your direction on any voting that will take place during the AGM.  Proxy forms  are due to the CSNM office by May 30, 2018 .  Please note that as per the CSNM bylaw, proxy ballots will not be accepted on site at the AGM and must be submitted in advance as noted.

Also plan to celebrate with us and Canada and attend the Annual CSNM Conference in Moncton, NB. Complete conference details can be found at:


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