I am inspired by the progressive programme for the Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference to be held at The Hyatt Regency in Montreal, Quebec, May 27 - 29. Creativity, leadership and change themes will figure prominently throughout the programme. On Friday May 28 there will be a session titled, "Crafting Our Stories: Art, Leadership and Change in Dietetics" coordinated by Dr. Jacqui Gingras, Assistant Professor at Ryerson University's School of Nutrition and hosted by The Advisory Committee for Professional Affairs. Panel participants will introduce significant interdisciplinary connections between the arts and dietetics education and practice. Arts and research will be highlighted as well as approaches such as ethnodrama, non-fiction, poetry, textile art and filmmaking and other creative approaches for today's agents of change in the dietetics profession.
This session will feature panelist/speakers Lucy Aphramor, Co-Director of the Coventry based National health Service, Atrium Health Ltd., Coventry University, United Kingdom, Dr. Jacqui Gingras, Ryerson, Cheryl McLean, Publisher International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and Dr. Catherine Morley, consulting dietitian, independent researcher and textile artist and filmmaker.
Both Jacqui Gingras and Catherine Morley and their work will be featured in the soon to be released research text "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change". , the inaugural textbook in the CAIP Research series.
Friday evening there will be an inaugural exhibit, "Dietitian as Artist" which will take place featuring works by dietitians expressing their creativity through a variety of media including painting, knitting, film, pottery, sculpting, quilting, music, theatre, fiction, drama and creative non-fiction writing, poetry, drawing, collage and photography.
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Cheryl McLean, Publisher, International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice
Editor, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice Research Series