Candidates for Positions on the 2019-2020/2021 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.

Sue Brush, CNM  (Ontario Representative)

I would like the opportunity to assist CSNM in investigating options for how to restructure our professional association to better meet the needs of our members both nationally and provincially. As the industry changes so must our professional associations in order to maintain the integrity of the association.

Graduated with Honours Bachelor of Science (Therapeutic and Administrative Nutrition) from Brescia College at the University of Western Ontario. Initially was a sales rep for Sandoz Nutrition (now Novartis) selling supplements; enteral and parenteral tube feeds. I challenged the CSNM exam and was fortunate to be successful and secured a position at London's Psychiatric Hospital. I worked as a Dietary Manager/Director in both private and not-for-profit LTC Homes. More recently, I was the Manager of Support Services at one of Elgin County's Homes for Seniors - Elgin Manor – for 14 years. I completed my Bachelor of Adult Education at Brock University in 2003. I am a Professor at Fanshawe College in both the Food and Nutrition Management and the Retirement Residence Management programs. I also successfully completed the Administrators course. I became more involved with our professional associations. I have held the roles of provincial rep, membership, president-elect, president and past president for OSNM. As well as Examination Portfolio for CSNM for several years.

Paulette Byrnes-Carriere, NM  (Secretary/Treasurer)

In A World where we strive to be frugal and use resources respectfully; I will use all my Experience, Strength and Knowledge for Our Very Compassionate CSNM Members and Will Develop a Balanced Budget for Every Portfolio that will ensure that our Strategic Plans, Future Goals and Mandates are followed through To maintain a frugal yet exciting way to manage each budget. I will Continue to promote every Nutrition Manager at being the Best at what we do. I will use my knowledge to ensure that the Treasurer/Secretary Portfolio Policies and Procedures are followed and that the budget is reviewed, monitored and approved. I commit to the mission of CSNM and continue to empower members and create strong leaders. I shall continue to document the minutes of the meetings and prepare them in a timely manner. I will continue to issue and sign cheques and continue to work with the CSNM office staff to ensure all money is accounted for properly .I would appreciate your support and enjoy working with the Board of Directors and enjoy the passionate driven members to always improve CSNM. Thank you for supporting me, Regards, Paulette Byrnes-Carriere. NM

Paulette Byrnes-Carriere has been a Nutrition Manager for over 30 plus years and has worked in Long Term Care and in Acute Care Facilities/Institutions. Currently on the CSNM board and member of OSNM. She is Currently working in a 433 long term care facility with a team of 70 staff in nutritional services.

Neil MacDonald, NM  (Ontario Representative)

I want to serve on the CSNM Board of Directors to contribute towards the food service industry in Healthcare. Being on the Board of Directors is a perfect avenue to help enhance our industry and connect with other professionals like myself to share and communicate our expertise. My goal as the Ontario Representative - Year 1 would be to assist the Year 2 Representative in holding a strong connection with the Ontario Provincial Chapter. It is of utmost importance to support our provincial chapters so that they have the means and assistance to overcome provincial challenges they may face. I would look forward to strengthening that support and connection.

Neil MacDonald is the Nutritional Care Manager and Chef at Riverview Manor of OMNI Health Care. He has had a passion for food and life in the kitchen for the past decade and loves the beautiful culinary world. Neil earned a diploma in Culinary Management and an advanced diploma in Business Administration at Fleming College, where he received academic awards and a spot on Fleming’s Ontario Skills competition team. Neil has completed the apprenticeship program in Ontario and has earned an internationally recognized Red Seal Certificate of Qualification in the Cook Trade. Neil graduated from the Food Service and Nutrition Management program from HealthCareCAN. Neil is an active member of the CSNM and sits on the board of Directors of the OSNM as the Kawartha Chapter Representative. Before his experience in LTC, Neil worked in various fine dining establishments in his home town of Peterborough, ON.

Heather Shannon, CNM  (Secretary/Treasurer)

I believe that I can enhance the organization through my professional actions, and leadership provided in the representation of the national membership. I want to support and grow the organization through the sharing of my knowledge and experience.

I have been a member of the CSNM since 1990, I have worked within the Acute, LTC, Complex Care, Sales, Training and other industries through my career. I have completed education programs in Food Service Management, Business Writing, Long Term Administration, Environmental Services Management and Masters Certificate in Health Care Management.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management will be held on Sunday, June 23th, 2019 at 8:15 am. MST at the Hotel Arts, 119-12 Ave SW  Calgary, Alberta  T2R 0G8. 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 June 3, 2019. 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 Calgary, AB. Complete conference details can be found at


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