For the third year in a row, Mount students have come up on top at the National Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) Conference held in Calgary in June.
“I was pretty ecstatic,” said Morag Townsend, outgoing President and current student in the Mount’s Applied Human Nutrition with dietetic internship program. “This win was a real surprise as the Mount student branch had won in 2007 and 2008. Three wins in a row is amazing but indicative of the commitment and hard work of the members.”
The prestigious Student Branch of the Year Award is given once a year to the branch that excels in certain areas. The criteria include: student body membership recruitment, educational meetings, published articles, humanitarian projects, publicity, special awards and co-operation with professional branches. There are 17 student branches across Canada vying for this award each year.
The Mount Student Branch boasts 90 members. All are students in the Applied Human Nutrition program. This past year, the students initiated many projects including developing a calendar with recipes promoting seasonal and locally grown foods, implementing a buddy system to encourage first and second year students to participate, co-ordinating a guest speaker series and volunteering for the Ronald MacDonald House/IWK’s program Home for Dinner.
“It is really gratifying to see our CAFP student branch recognized for its exceptional leadership,” says Linda Mann, faculty advisor and member of the local CAFP Professional Branch. “I look forward to supporting their future endeavors.”
The main objective of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals is to assist young people seeking careers in the foodservice and hospitality industries. CAFP succeeds by sponsoring student branches at colleges and universities that offer programs in foodservice, hospitality, nutrition and dietetics.
Pictured from left to right: Mount students Deanne Ortman, Morag Townsend and Heidi Murphy.
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