CNS-SCN Member of the Month – September 2016

Meet Karlee Dyck


Karlee Dyck obtained her BSc in the Human Nutritional Sciences program from the University of Manitoba in May of 2012 and completed her dietetic internship in May of 2013 through the Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education Program in Winnipeg. After working as a Clinical Dietitian in Thompson, Manitoba, she came to realize her passion for maternal and child health, as well as Indigenous health. This led her to undertake a Master’s degree in community nutrition at the University of Manitoba under Dr. Miyoung Suh. Her research focused on determining which nutrients important to fetal brain development pregnant women are consuming. 

Her Master’s project gave Karlee the opportunity to volunteer with the Mothering Project, a program that supports women with substance use issues who are pregnant or have young children. She now enjoys working there in an outreach capacity. In the future Karlee hopes to pursue further education in her field and work with community programs to improve overall health and nutrition in vulnerable populations.

During her degree Karlee has received various awards including the Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Emerging Leader Award at the University of Manitoba. This spring, while participating in the University of Manitoba’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition, she won 1st place and moved on to compete at the Western Regionals.

Karlee has immersed herself in university life through her role as president of the Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Student Association as well as various teaching assistant positions and as sessional instructor for a 4th year nutrition course. Her involvement in CNS includes planning the Trainees in Nutrition Symposium in conjunction with the Canadian Nutrition Society National Conference in Winnipeg during 2015. She presented a poster at this year’s national conference in Gatineau.