L to r: Nathalie Savoie, CEO of Dietitians of Canada; Barbara Crocker, VC PH Dietitian
We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Public Health Dietitian Barbara Crocker, who received a Dietitians of Canada Leadership Award at the Association's national conference in Ottawa on June 6th, 2019. This award recognizes members of the Association who have inspired others to achieve significant accomplishments. Barbara was nominated by her peers in recognition for her work to enhance community nutrition environments in Vancouver and BC over the past 30 years.
Barbara has worked collaboratively with dietitian and health professional colleagues, community organizations, UBC dietetic students and researchers, families and individuals. Together, they strive to make healthy food, cooking skills and nutrition information more accessible – particularly for vulnerable populations.
The growth of community gardens and kitchens, food literacy programs in schools and the community, and healthier choices in food banks in Vancouver have been supported by her innovative, caring, inclusive and collaborative leadership. She has worked with researchers and dietetic colleagues on school food literacy initiatives and iron deficiency anaemia and infant feeding practices of mothers in Vancouver. Her volunteer roles include leading the BC Dietitians of Canada Health Benefits Local Action Group (LAG) and serving as a Director with the NutritionLink Services (NLS) Society since 2013, and the President from 2013 to 2017.
Barbara's patient, respectful, strategic approach to mentoring new dietetic colleagues and students has helped to contribute to building an expanding network of professional, reflective, innovative dietitians that follow ethical, best-practice models. She helps guide dietetic colleagues to discover diverse, rewarding, and novel roles that fit their career aspirations.
Above photo (l to r): Barb Crocker (Vancouver 0-5), Anne Swann (Richmond 0-5), Margaret Broughton (N. Shore, 0-5), Meghan Molnar (Sunshine Coast/Powell River, ICY), Vanessa Lam (Vancouver, CY), Sandra Bodenhamer (previously HBP), Helen Yeung, (N Shore, CY), Teya Stephens (Vancouver, home health), Kathy Romses (retired, previously Vancouver CY), Jen Schneidereit-Hsu (Vancouver, 0-5)