Spotlight on Alumni
(Real quotes from past Interns)
“I had a phenomenal year. NODIP does an excellent job of supporting interns in achieving competence in all areas of nutrition by providing unique experiences that promote skill building and self-direction.”
“NODIP is one of the most amazing experiences in regards to networking, learning about myself, learning about nutrition, developing career and life skills. The support and encouragement was wonderful. I feel very priviledged to have been a part of NODIP.”
“This was an outstanding learning experience that has certainly prepared me for an entry-level dietitian. I am confident I can take the skills I’ve learned and apply them to my future practice.”
“One of the most valuable things about NODIP is how individualized it is- your input and opinions on what you want to get out of your internship are considered in shaping your program.”
“Overall, NODIP (and NOSM) provided an excellent – and very unique – experience. The program really held to its promise of distributed learning and opened my eyes to the benefits of working in rural areas of Northwestern Ontario. I really appreciated all the opportunities to be involved with NOSM (Academic Council, Health Sciences IPE standing committee). In Kenora, NOSM faculty did an amazing job of welcoming all three dietetic interns on placement. I felt extremely welcome in Kenora and really enjoyed my stay there. Thank you!”
Paige Huycke & Jillian Ingribelli
Originally from Arnprior, Paige completed her BASc in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph in 2014. She enjoyed the small town atmosphere and felt that NODIP was the perfect fit for her. Since completing NODIP in 2015-2016, Paige is currently working as the RD at Misiway Milopemahtesewin Community Health Centre in Timmins, as a part of the Diabetes Education Program. Here she has been able to use her passion for nutrition to help Indigenous peoples prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. Jill was born and raised in the beautiful city of Sault Ste Marie. Like Paige, she also graduated with a BASc in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and completed NODIP in 2015-2016. Jill is fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a variety of dietetic practice settings. Her first RD job was a casual position in long-term care, which was followed by working just over a year in public health. Jill is currently working as a Clinical RD in the Algoma District Cancer Program at Sault Area Hospital.
During internship, Jill and Paige were provided with the opportunity to take part in an exciting research project. This research looked at Indigenous cultural competency in dietetics through conducting an online survey with RDs. Most respondents believed that all dietitians and graduating dietetic interns should be minimally competent in Indigenous health and culture. The results of this project have been used to inform dietitians working with Indigenous peoples and the refinement of NODIP intern and preceptor tools, with the potential to integrate across Canadian dietetic internship programs. This research has since been published in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, where Jill was the recipient of the 2017 Morgan Award for the Quebec and Northeast Ontario Region from the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Jill was also honoured to receive the Strive Young Professionals Algoma Visionary Award for Industry Leader for Health and Wellness in January 2018.
The Thunder Bay interns would like to the take the time to acknowledge our Site Coordinator, Julie Stachiw for all that she has accomplished in her three years as a dietitian! Julie completed her undergrad at the University of Guelph and then completed her internship with NODIP as a Thunder Bay intern, graduating in 2012. After completing her internship, she stayed in Thunder Bay and now works as a clinical and food service dietitian at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), as well as acts as the NODIP Site Coordinator for Thunder Bay. Julie keeps busy in her role as a dietitian; she is involved in several initiatives including the Thunder Bay and Area Local Food Strategy Steering Committee, the Nutrition Month Committee, Eat Well! Committee, and TBRHSC Academic Council. She recently found out that she has been chosen to co-present at the International Congress of Dietetics in Granada, Spain in 2016! She will be presenting on the “Culture of Nutrition in an Acute Care Setting in Canada”, a topic she also presented in April 2015 at the Ontario Hospital Association Conference. She will also be presenting the research that Kristine and Liane are currently working on to evaluate nursing satisfaction with a new food service delivery model. The topic of culture of nutrition was chosen because it coincides with her involvement with the healthy eating and beverage policy that she has been working on with the Eat Well! Committee that she co-chairs at TBRHSC.