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: 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: Laura Thibodeau, OHEA Student member
There are countless benefits to seeking out mentoring relationships while studying. Not only does entering into a mentoring relationship allow opportunity for networking, finding mentors allows you to explore different areas of your field. Connecting to dietitians in different geographic regions could allow you to get a new perspective from a community that differs from yours, or learn how professionals in a similar situation address shared obstacles. Seeking out mentoring relationships is also an exercise in professional communication and can allow you to apply theoretical knowledge and concepts from school in real life situations.