Food Service & Nutrition - Volume 1 No.2 - 21
By Catha McMaster
Each year, we as Nutrition Managers pay
our fees to become members of our professional association. What are the benefits
of paying this membership? What does
the association do for me? It is interesting
that each year the Canadian Society of
Nutrition Management, and our provincial and regional chapter puts out a call
for people, members like you and me, to
participate on our boards, ad hoc committees, conference and education day
support and more. As members we need
to recognize that our association is only
as strong as each member's participation!
We are the association.
We must ask ourselves, "How am I
able to participate in my association and
assist with the benefits for myself and
my colleagues?" "How much time will this
take?" "Are my skills good enough?" "How
does participation assist my professional
development and growth?" "Is this just
Take a moment to think how you may
fit into the profile of a person who volunteers and participates professionally.
Anna Marenta and Paula Speevak of
Carleton University have been studying
this exact topic. They have come up with
a list of six common characteristics of
people who volunteer. Individuals who
get involved are tending to have the following attributes:
* Highly educated
* Goal oriented
* Equipped with a sense of mobility
* Technologically Skilled
* Autonomic and individualistic
* Diverse with multiple interests that
contribute to their identity
Does this sound like a Nutrition
Manager? Does this sound like you? Of
course it does, and you have the education, goal-oriented attitude, desire for
growth and mobility, skills and autonomous thinking as well as diversified
interests to enrich the Canadian Society
of Nutrition Management with your participation and action.
Participating within your professional
association offers many benefits to you. It
offers opportunity to exercise your existing
skills, grow these skills and learn new skills.
Volunteering looks great on your resume and
shows your current and future employers
how versatile you are as you apply your skills
in different ways. Your own job performance
will benefit as you bring new creative ideas
to add to your tool box. Growing confidence
may also be experienced - confidence in
yourself and your skills.
If you are considering a career change,
being active within your professional
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