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Allison (Ali) Bennett is a mature student, single parent and is taking Dietetics in Applied Human Nutrition. She is in her first year of Applied Human Nutrition studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. Before coming to the Mount, Ali had a successful career in Europe as a private chef and culinary instructor. She attended culinary college in Ireland, Thailand and France.

ali in kitchen photo credit aaron mckenzie fraserThings changed unexpectedly for Ali when she returned home a few years ago for a brief holiday, only to learn that her Mom was terminally ill. She stayed in Canada and was the primary caregiver to her Mom until she died and soon after she welcomed a daughter herself.

Having left her career behind in Europe, Ali needed to rebuild a life back home in Canada. In the fall of 2016, as a single mom to a busy three-year-old and a mature student, Ali stepped back into the world of post-secondary education at the Mount.

Diet was an important facet of her Mom’s palliative care. Ultimately, Ali wants to help with bringing proper nutrition to those who suffer with illness. Food has always been a passion of hers as a chef, and a career in dietetics really appeals to Ali.

Ali in her kitchen; photo credit: Aaron McKenzie Fraser