OHEA is pleased to welcome another four PHEcs to OHEA this summer! Read about each new PHEc below.
Hi I’m Emily McDonald. I recently graduated from Brescia University College, where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts (Human Ecology) with honour specialization in Nutrition and Families. I have always been passionate about wellness and living a smart, nutritious lifestyle. I absolutely loved incorporating this into my university studies and I am very excited to pursue a career in this area, especially now as a PHEc.
I graduated from Brescia University College in June, 2017 with my Bachelors of Science in Foods and Nutrition (Honors). Since graduation, I have been working for the Government of Ontario and Ministry of Health at the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in Patient Care Administration. I am planning to return to school at Sheridan College in the fall to pursue my post-graduate certificate in Project Management. My long term goals are to combine my educational experiences and to work in the field of nutrition, as well as project management. I decided to become a PHEc member because I want to build strong connections within the professional network, with fellow PHEcs who are as passionate as I am about my field of study. The concept of the OHEA mentorship program also attracted me to pursing my PHEc, and I am excited to discover what the program can offer! I am very happy to be joining this wonderful network of professionals!
Matthew Nguyen is a recent graduate of Western University from the Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics program at Brescia University College. He previously completed a degree at University College, University of Toronto where he pursued a double major in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Human Biology, and a double minor in Psychology, and Immunology. A self-described “career student,” Matthew originally had the goal of becoming a microbiologist. However, after taking introductory nutrition as an elective and enjoying it immensely, his career goals changed and becoming a dietitian became the reason for completing a second degree at Brescia. His career goals shifted once again after being mentored by former Brescia Food Lab Instructor, Lucy Mahood, PHEc, and becoming fascinated by his food science and food product development courses. His future education goals include pursuing a Master’s degree in Food Science (Microbiology), or in Food Safety and Quality Assurance, with the dream of working in the food industry or in food safety and regulation. Beginning this month, Matthew will be working as a Laboratory Technician at Brescia where he hopes to be a mentor and non-traditional role model for dietetics students who decide to pursue non-dietitian career options. With Brescia’s centennial just around the corner in 2019, he hopes to inspire a new generation of students to share his passion for cooking, food science, and life-long learning, and to challenge and modernize the traditional idea of a Home Economist in the present day.
My name is Amy Choi and I have recently graduated from Ryerson University with a BASc in Nutrition and food, a certificate in Gerontology, and a minor in Family Support and Community Practice. My passion lies within the food service industry, especially in helping others eat well or providing inspiration for meal planning. I am an avid home baker and recipe tester with the intentions of creating an archive of healthy baking recipes to share with others. I am excited to be a PHEc and look forward to learning more about the profession and field, as well as networking with others!