Gurneet Dhami is a graduate student completing her Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. She completed her dietetic undergraduate degree at Ryerson University. She has completed numerous mentorship programs and created connections and opportunities wherever she is located. She has had positive and mentorship relationships and others that did not go as planned. Gurneet would like to give advice to mentors and mentees on how to create a successful relationship.
Advice for Mentees:
Relationships are whatever you make them and things may not go as planned. You can work through them and build something from them and take them as learning opportunities. Make moments matter to you!
Learn more about OHEA’s Mentorship Program here.
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Here are 6 Ways Credit Counselling Society can help with financial wellness:
Stacy Yanchuk Oleksy, P.H.Ec
Here are some tips to help you manage through the financial crisis Covid -19 has created.
The world has changed significantly in the past month with many Canadians struggling to make ends meet. Canadians were carrying large debt loads and with more unemployed, many are facing a grim reality financially. Government income initiatives will help to some extent but they are not likely to cover all your expenses. We have become accustomed to buying pretty much we want – it is time to rethink our habits.
Apply for any government assistance you may be qualified for. Help now is better than later but make sure you follow any guidelines and remember income will be taxable a year from now – although your tax rate may very well be lower by then. Get your tax return done ASAP to receive any refunds you qualify for from 2019.
Prioritize your NEEDS. Food first and transportation if you are one of our emergency workers; then your other necessary expenses such as medication, toiletries, and basic personal needs; next is shelter (rent, mortgage, utilities, etc.). Clothing can wait unless your child has a sudden growth spurt, then look for hand-me-downs.
We cannot survive without food so any money coming in should be directed first to meet your basic requirements – soups, stews and casseroles can go a long way and provide nourishment. Shop carefully for items you can stretch and have a shelf life that is reasonable until you next shopping trip in 1-2 weeks. Avoid over buying produce that will go bad before being eaten, replace it with frozen fruits and veggies if you have freezer space. Paper products and cleaners add to your cost unless you need it! Food banks are overwhelmed, but if you need help, them seek them out in your community. If you have extra, donate it.
Limit your travel to reduce costs. If you are working from home and you normally drive, ask your insurance company if they are offering a reduction in premiums while you work from home. Good news for those who need their car – gas prices are lowest in decades but don’t be tempted to drive more.
Medications and personal care items should be covered from any available income but remember only the necessities. This is not the time to be trying out the newest cosmetic products just because you are bored at home.
Housing is the big one – depending on your reduced income ask your landlord if your rent can reduced or deferred (if you have no money left), but remember that any leeway you are given will have to be paid at some point. If you have a mortgage, talk to your lender to see what options they have available to you. Remember however that any arrangements are likely to have long term costs of interest at minimum to be paid later so make sure you understand what you are committing to.
Debt is the last thing to get paid – however do not ignore your creditors. Contact each and everyone of them to explain your situation and document your agreement. If there is any extra money left over, pay your credit card with what you have as it is likely to be the largest interest. Try not to think about borrowing money at this time, unless you have a secured line of credit with a very low interest rate and a guaranteed job to return to. Wait until you are back to work with a paycheque in hand to see about options to repay your outstanding debt. Avoid pay day lenders as they charge in excess of 300% interest per year (in Ontario) a cycle that you might never escape from.
Get help if you are stressed and need to talk to someone about your personal situation. Contact any of the not for profit credit counselling agencies for a free consultation and assistance or go their websites to check out the tools they have to assist you with planning your finances. This beast of a virus does not discriminate between the haves and have nots. We are all in it together, so be kind and be safe!
Carol Fraser P.H.Ec.
OHEA Mentorship Program - Recent Mentor Experience with Pooja Mansukhani and why she started the OHEA Mentorship Program
By: Pooja Mansukhani, RD, P.H.Ec.
Pooja Mansukhani is the Registered Dietitian and Food Safety Officer at KitchenMate, a food technology startup, which blends technology, culinary and nutrition expertise to provide companies in the GTA with delicious, nutritious and affordable meals at their workplace. She previously worked in university and college foodservices, most recently at the University of Toronto. Pooja earned her nutrition degree from Ryerson University and holds a degree in Honours Applied Economics Co-op from the University of Waterloo.
By: Getty Stewart, P.H.Ec. of www.gettystewart.com
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The Annual Food Price Report predicts rising food prices for 2019. The annual predictions prepared by a joint group from Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph have just been released and given the political and economic uncertainty across our borders, climate change and general eating trends, most of the predictions don’t come as a surprise
By: Laura Thibodeau
What is a fun fact about yourself?
During my previous degree, my friend and I decided to take up cross country skiing as a fun way to hang out and get in shape. Two years later in 2016 I placed in the top 15 female racers at the American Birkebeiner 24km Nordic ski race- which is part of the largest cross-country ski race in North America.
By: Shannon Crocker, RD, P.H.Ec.
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Current status: Open
Opened on May 27, 2019 and will close on June 23, 2019
About the consultation
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a public consultation to seek comments on the proposed guidelines for "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" food labelling claims.
Consumers have told the government that they want to be able to better identify Canadian foods. So the Government of Canada is reviewing the guidelines for "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" food labelling claims.
Uncovering the roots of farming sustainability
By: Elisa Fitzpatrick, OHEA Student Member
Did you know that less than one in five Canadians lives in rural communities?
The connection between us and where our food comes from is stretching further and further apart. With more people as city dwellers than rural land owners, a vast majority of people are no longer connected with our agricultural practices and the importance of sustainability in the agriculture sector.
Environmental sustainability of the food chain is frequently examined, but often, agricultural sustainability is left out of the discussion. What most consumers do not consider, are the tasks that farmers undertake to ensure that their practices remain sustainable.
Today my hope is that I can educate you on some ways that farmers establish sustainable practices, minimize their environmental impact, and continue to ensure that their farm land and resources will be bountiful for the future.
Hi, my name is Jessica and I am excited for the opportunity to represent OHEA as VP Social Media because it gives the chance to meet new people and learn new skills.
Here is a bit of background about me: I graduated from Brescia University College in 2018 with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am currently completing my dietetic internship through the Northern Ontario Internship Program. My goal is to become a registered dietitian working in pediatrics.
I am excited to be a part of this organization as I believe the skills represented in this profession are essential and I hope I can make a meaningful contribution!