“While working as a pastry apprentice, I struggled with the lifestyle that came along with working in kitchens. My personal health has always been important to me. Seeing the lack of interest and knowledge (in health and nutrition) others had around me persuaded me to learn more about it. I wanted to be a positive influence on others versus what I felt was not so positive through the pastries I’d prepared… I didn’t know what occupation I’d end up in but having grown up working in restaurants, I always felt that I would do something related to food… It took me quite some time to determine that I wanted to be a dietitian. It took some major life events for me to build the courage and make the decision to go back to school. I was considered a ‘mature’ student but in reality I was still quite young when I did this. For those who are not happy with their current path, I’d like them to know that it’s never too late to go back to school or change careers. Life’s too precious to spend doing something you don’t enjoy.”
Laura McCann is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who received her Bachelor of Science Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics from Brescia University College at the University of Western Ontario. Upon graduating, she completed her Dietetic Internship with ARAMARK to become a RD. She also holds a diploma in Culinary Management and a certificate in Baking both from George Brown College and is a registered Baker/Patissier apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Laura is passionate about combining her culinary and dietetic skills and knowledge to teach others how to prepare and enjoy nutritious foods.
If you would like to hear more from Laura and get a chance to network with her in person come to our Dietitians of Canada Business and Industry Network on September 22, 2016 in TRS, Cara Commons. Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/evening-of-networking-with-food-nutrition-professionals-tickets-27583070707