“Harnessing Your Energy” was the theme for the 2019 CSNM Conference held in Calgary, Alberta June 21 to 23, 2019. The event brought together over 130 CSNM members, vendors and exhibitors for three days of tours; interactive sessions; exciting speakers and networking opportunities.
The conference began on June 21, 2019 which had been designated as national Indigenous People’s Day by the government of Canada and CSNM honored this important day with an inspiring presentation on the connection between the land, spirit and food. This was followed by traditional drumming demonstration provided by local First Nations representatives. Everyone then enjoyed the chance to snack and visit. Thanks to Bow Valley College, one of CSNM’s Accredited Colleges, for providing support and a great venue for the kick off of the conference!
There were two optional tours provided for those who were interested earlier in the day on June 21, 2019. There was a choice between Calgary Meals on Wheels or South Health Campus Hospital. The tours provided exciting opportunities to see two completely different food service operations and a glimpse into state-of-the-art equipment and strategy in relation to the food service they provide. Positive feedback was received from those who participated, and all enjoyed the opportunity to participate in one of these tours.
The educational sessions began on the Saturday with a variety of speakers that spoke to the challenges Nutrition Managers face every day in their workplaces… work life balance with Tina Varughese; Laura Williams provided very relevant information on handling cannabis in the workplace; an update on the work of the Canadian menu planning working group by Janice Sorensen and a food demo by Chef Quinn from Hotel Arts. The speakers were all informative and entertaining and the delegates left each session with some new insight.
CSNM was thrilled to have over 25 sponsors and vendors involved in the Conference this year! Thanks to all the sponsors and vendors for their strong support of CSNM and the work that Nutrition Managers all across Canada perform!
The evening of June 22, 2019 was the annual CSNM gala with the theme of “Denim and Diamonds”. Delegates certainly enjoyed the opportunity to pull out their best western wear and bling it up! The Chinook Country Line dancers got everyone up onto the floor to do some dancing! CSNM also recognized members with long service awards; Certified Nutrition Managers; student competition award winners and the volunteers who commit long hours to doing the work to support their profession!
July 23, 2019 was another busy day with conference delegates headed off either to participate in a role playing scenario related to feeding and providing resident focused care in a dining room setting at Bow Valley College or to an IDSSI workshop hosted by Peter Lam. Then everyone was back to Hotel Arts to hear Lionel Laroche speak on diversity and inclusion and finish up the conference with Michelle Cederberg on how to “Dare to Live Big”.
The 2019 Conference was followed up with offsite opportunities that reflected what is unique about Calgary…delegates had a choice of walking and learning either about the history of downtown Calgary or watch for the spirits hovering around the old Inglewood area! Following all that exercise the group convened at the historic Bank and Baron for some spirits, food and some final power networking!
After the three days in Calgary everyone was ready to take all that energy back to their work and life! Thanks to all the delegates and volunteers who make these conferences such a success! Look forward to seeing you all again in Toronto in 2020!