The College of Dietitians of Alberta recognizes the dedication and hard work that it takes to become a Registered Dietitian. The College also understands that the journey to become a dietitian is often facilitated by the dedicated and passionate professionals that make up our profession. In recognition of this hard work and dedication, the College is pleased to offer two awards to dietetic professionals.

Dietetic Intern Bursary Award Program

The College is pleased to offer a bursary program in support of current dietetic interns who have demonstrated exceptional professional practice while studying dietetics at the University of Alberta with the intention of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Up to three bursaries of $1,000 may be awarded to successful applicants.

Applications may be submitted by the dietetic intern (with a letter of support) or an intern may be nominated by a preceptor (with an essay in support) for the bursary. Applicants who are currently enrolled in the University of Alberta’s Integrated Dietetic Internship program and have completed a minimum of one rotation (minimum four weeks) and have demonstrated exceptional professionalism in professional practice will be eligible for the bursary. Application forms can be found below.

The deadline for applications is on or before July 1st and the bursaries are presented at a luncheon for recipients at the College’s September council meeting.

Preceptor Recognition Award

The College recognizes the contributions of all preceptors in Alberta and appreciates the work they do for dietetic interns and for the profession.

To highlight the outstanding achievements of this dedicated group, the College is pleased to offer the Preceptor Recognition Award. This award recognizes excellence and dedication in precepting and mentoring.

The College encourages an intern or former intern (within one year of graduation), a colleague, a supervisor or a combination of the above to nominate a Registered Dietitian in recognition of exceptional contributions and impact in their role as preceptor. Nomination forms can be found below.

The deadline for nominations is on or before July 1st and the award is presented at a luncheon for recipients at the College’s September council meeting.

Mary Mitchell Award

Created in 1989, the Mary Mitchell Award is presented for “a member’s outstanding contribution to the development of the College as a professional regulatory body”. Recipients for this award are typically chosen by the council.

Mary Mitchell (1927-1988) became the first president of Alberta Registered Dietitians Association (ARDA) in 1959.

Born in Edmonton, Mary grew up in Victoria. She received her Bachelor of Home Economics degree from the University of British Columbia in 1949. Mary then began an internship in commercial dietetics at the University of Washington. She worked with a Seattle newspaper food service operation and completed her internship at Eaton’s restaurant in Montreal. Mary became a Dietitian at Douglas Hall, a student residence at McGill University.

In the early 1950’s, Mary married and settled in Calgary. She worked in food services at the Rockyview Hospital. She moved to the Calgary General Hospital, where she worked in diabetes education, and later in the Weight Reduction Clinic. Mary balanced her career with an active home life with her husband and their five children.

Mary was a non-stop volunteer. She gave her time freely to UNICEF, the Canadian Diabetes Association, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Nutrition Month and the Dial-A-Dietitian program, to name a few.

Colleagues recall her spirit of compassion and understanding. She left an indelible impression on all who knew her. Mary was also a mentor to young dietitians. She cared deeply about the dietetic associations. She was committed to the role of dietitians in improving the health of Canadians.

Mary embodied what dietitians strive to be – professional, dedicated and caring. Mary Mitchell set the standard for exemplary leadership that carries through to today.

(From The ARDA Years: Creating a Legacy, Alberta Registered Dietitians Association: 1999)

Past recipients of the Mary Mitchell Award include:

1989/1990 Terry Holt, RD
1990/1991 Sandra Follett-Bick, RD
1993/1994 Brenda Kuzyk
1994/1995 Linda Kerr, RD
1995/1996 Eunice Meakin, RD
1996/1997 Shirley Redmond, RD
1997/1998 Lynn Kirkland, RD
1998/1999 Trudy Colberg
2003/2004 Dr. Catherine Field, RD
2008/2009 Warren Veale
2009/2010 Holly Knight, RD
2010/2011 Maureen McKay, RD