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 the following awards to dietetic professionals:

  • Dietetic Intern Bursary Award
  • Preceptor Recognition Award
  • Citizenship Award
  • Mary Mitchell Award

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.

Note for Awards 2021: We understand that the pandemic had an impact on start dates for dietetic interns so the College encourages any dietetic interns interested in submitting an application for the dietetic bursary to do so before the deadline of July 1, 2021, as well as before you have completed your dietetic internship.

When reviewing the eligibility criteria, the College will allow for applications from dietetic interns who completed their dietetic internship in June 2021 (the month before the deadline) but the application must be received before you have completed the internship program.

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.

Citizenship Award

The College of Dietitians of Alberta is pleased to present this award to a regulated member who embodies the College’s Values and Vision, and has demonstrated exemplary professionalism, leadership and citizenship in the areas of cultural humility and citizen and/or social engagement.

With a population growing in diversity, the emphasis on evidence-based practice within healthcare has sparked dialogues regarding cultural competence and cultural humility among health professionals. Given the complexity of diversity, it is beneficial to understand cultural competency as a process rather than an end product. From this perspective, competency involves more than gaining factual knowledge, it also includes our ongoing attitudes toward both our clients and ourselves.

Consideration will be given to nominees who are regulated members, and are a mentor and/or are an exemplar to others in the profession. They will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following:

  • advancing cultural humility and awareness in the profession
  • social engagement with the greater citizenship and or professional health community
  • community service
  • mentoring and or teaching

The College welcomes the nominations of College regulated members who exemplify these traits. 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)