Congratulations to Juliana VanderMey, recipient of the New Grad membership donated by Ottawa Home Economics Association
My name is Juliana VanderMey. From my last name you have probably already guessed I am of Dutch descent. I grew up in the city of Mississauga, Ontario and moved to London, Ontario to pursue a degree in Foods and Nutrition at Brescia University College, affiliate of Western University. I have recently graduated with a BScFN Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Minor in Psychology. Throughout my degree I have taken advantage of many opportunities in the Foods and Nutrition field. One of my greatest achievements was working on a research project with Dr. Latifeh Ahmadi. Our research on Flixweed Oil was accepted for presentation at the 2015 American Oil Chemist's Society Annual Summit. I will be returning to Brescia to pursue a Professional Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training in May of 2017 to pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Upon graduating from this degree, I hope to get into nutrition education to help increase awareness on various nutrition issues and the policies and guidelines associated with them.
My passions are not just limited to nutrition. In Mississauga I was very involved in music, playing Piano for 14 years and Baritone and Trombone for 4 years. This passion for music got me involved in Western's Marching Band as a Trombonist. Outside of school I am an avid budgie breeder, having raised around 20 chicks since starting off. Coincidentally, my nutrition degree came in handy with this as a breeding hen and her chicks require specific diets for optimal health and growth.
Overall, I am a very proud alumni of Brescia, and am honoured to be accepted into the Ontario Home Economics Association. I hope to do great things with not only the RD designation, but also the PHEc designation.