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IDDSI Global Initiative to Improve Lives of People living with Dysphagia

e-Bites ~ Current newsletters found here



The Coordinator, Food Services is a member of the Northern Health Support Services team, and is responsible for supervising and coordinating the day-to-day activities of food service operations at designated sites, and cafeteria and catering where applicable. The Coordinator provides leadership, program planning and quality food services. The incumbent implements policies and procedures, manages human resources, participates in cost control measures and maintains relevant records. The Coordinator also completes special project work as assigned. The incumbent assumes responsibility for the departments in the areas of responsibility in the absence of the Manager.



IDDS has a new website!  In the meantime, the virtual conference for Dysphagia Research Society will be held in 2021. Keep informed by checking the webpage.

Keep Up To Date with IDDSI

NEW Job Opportunity

Support Services Manager 30 minutes from Vancouver

WestCana is looking for a strong, experienced Support Service Manager with a passion for the elderly to join our team. Do you have a strong combination of culinary and management experience!? Our business cares for seniors, but experience in this industry is not required - we are looking for the right person and will consider the experience in the high-end restaurant, cruise ship, and hotel industry.

Or check the online posting HERE


Care for Caregivers is an online resource designed by SafeCare BC and the Canadian Mental Health Association to protect and support the psychological health and wellbeing of our healthcare workers who are responding to COVID-19. Visit the website for updates and credible information including free online workshops and coping tips.

CARE TO SPEAK - Peer support service

Care To Speak is the peer support service for healthcare workers, and they have recently expanded the hours to include Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 10:00am to 2:00pm.

This is in addition to regular hours, Monday to Friday between 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Free service, anonymous and confidential.
Phone: 1-866-802-7337 (PEER)
Online Chats


Contact us about Membership and how you can add your event to our CONNECT page.

NEW Job Opportunity

Manager of Support Services (Food & Housekeeping) - Chilliwack, BC

Marquise Hospitality has an available employment opportunity located at Heritage Village in beautiful Chilliwack, BC!  Salary is $60,000, bonus eligibility to 20%, 3-weeks paid vacation, excellent healthcare benefits, RRSP matching.

Anyone interested can also contact Matt Bateman directly:



Seeking an experienced leader with the CSNM designation to join the team, and fulfilling the vision of "Making People's Lives Better" through the food experience.   This is a full-time position. Open for applications

Updated Guidance: Long-term Care Admissions and Transfers in the Lower Mainland

Based on the current COVID-19 transmission scenario, BC's Ministry of Health is advising Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal to:

* Prioritize admissions to long-term care and seniors' assisted living from acute care, and temporarily suspend admissions from community to publicly funded long-term care beds, except in cases of intolerable risk.

* Temporarily suspend transfers between long-term care homes or between senior's assisted living, except in circumstances of intolerable risk, until further notice and ensure residents' place on the wait list for transfer is maintained during the suspension of transfers.

* Temporarily suspend all health authority operated/funded home and community care adult day programs.

* Temporarily suspend the provision of care home respite, except in circumstances of intolerable risk

The above actions are intended to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in long-term care and seniors' assisted living settings, enable staff to focus on direct care and infection prevention and control crucial protocols required to prevent and manage outbreaks, and support surge capacity in hospitals.

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Positive Approach to Care offering support through ideas and events

Each week they feature new offerings, ideas and options to support people living with dementia and their care partners , professional or personal.

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Learn about becoming a PAC Champion

SafeCare BC's CEO, JEN LYLE Talks with CKNW

From donning and doffing PPE to effective hand washing, there are plenty of things that can be done to prevent the spread of infection.  Hear Jen Lyle speaking on the new COVID-19 Social Visitation Essentials orientation online course.

Hear the radio interview

Positive Approach to Care Online Dementia Journal - Free Resource of insightful articles and videos to help you care for people living with dementia.

Changing Our Visual Awareness, Do You See What I See? Small Changes that Make a Big Difference in the Kitchen for PLwD, Plus a multi-media collage for summer... and more

Centre for Conflict Resolution Programs

The JIBC courses and programs are designed to help you communicate more effectively and provide you with new skills and knowledge to enhance your relationships within your workplace and community. Most courses can be taken as part of a certificate or on an individual basis. 


JIBC: CENTRE FOR LEADERSHIP:   Why choose courses from the Centre for Leadership? You can continue your development and growth with upcoming courses. Take individual courses at your own pace, or sign up for one of their certificate programs:

Associate Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Resolution, Associate Certificate in Training and Facilitation and Certificate in Applied Leadership.

Ready to find out more?

PICNet New Infection Prevention and Control Training

PICNet has refreshed the Orientation for Infection Prevention and Control modules and made them available on the PHSA Learning Hub.

The ten updated modules cover key elements to IPAC, including surveillance, RPAP, communicable diseases, hand hygiene and more.

Each module has a fillable PDF and quiz. New or prospective ICPs, or anyone interested in advancing their knowledge (including the public) can complete any number of the modules and quizzes, and print a certificate for each quiz passed.

Ideally, these modules should be completed with the support of an IPAC mentor, because the learning strategy depends upon the ability to discuss many of the elements. The ability to visit a medical device reprocessing and laboratory microbiology areas will greatly enhance their learning experience.

PICNET Learning Hub

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Discover education and training opportunities on the latest NUTRITION BYTES news. 


Infection Control: Webber Teleclasses

Infection control champions, Infection Prevention Core Practices, Framework for Behavioural Infectious Risks in Acute Care.

WorkSafe BC on 2019 Preliminary Rates

Get an overview of the injury rate trends for your sector and see how you can use WorkSafeBC's Employer Health and Safety Planning Toolkit to view your own organization's safety trends and how to reduce injury rates.


Download these interesting infographic PDFs for 2017 injury trends for both long-term care and home care/community health support.

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SafeCare BC Workshops

Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum

Connections: Working with People with Dementia (In partnership with Alzheimer Society of BC)

Occupational Health & Safety Committee Part I

If you have any questions or you require assistance with registration, please contact or call the Programs and Events Coordinator for SafeCare BC, Marjahn O'Connor, at 604.630.5572 ext. 242.

Did You Miss SafeCare BC Mental Health Webinars? Not to worry. Recordings are available on their website.

Check this link: Watch 3-part Mental Health Webinar Series

Professional Development from SafeCare BC

Did you know that SafeCare BC provides professional development for continuing care workers in BC?  Here are a few of their upcoming workshops over the summer:

Creating Connections: Working with People with Dementia
LPN Leadership Training
Safe Client Handling
Occupational Health & Safety Committee
Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum
Health and Safety Program Audit

New Infection Control Precautions E-Learning

Check our DIGEST page for details on the new infection control precautions for rare and emerging pathogens e-learning, from PICnet.


International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative

The implementation for the IDDSI is coming - are you ready? The IDDSI committee has responded to requests from the international community by leading the roll-out and implementation of the IDDSI Framework. This global initiative will improve the lives of over 590 million people living with dysphagia.


EDUCATION: Foodsafe Level 1 Refresher

Did you know that FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates expire?

The FOODSAFE Level 1 Refresher is an inexpensive and convenient way to renew your certification since all Level 1 certificates issued in BC are valid for 5 years. Therefore, certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013 will expire this coming July 29, 2018!

You can take the Level 1 Refresher online.  FOOD SAFE Level 1 Refresher takes 1-3 hours and must be completed within 10 days (including weekends) from the start date of the course, including your final examination.

The fee is $45. Register through Open School BC.


Culinary Arts Program at University of the Fraser Valley

Starting in August! 

The UFV's Culinary Arts Program trains aspiring cooks to work in all styles of kitchens from small family-style restaurants to large multinational hotels and health care institutions. The program is 39 weeks from August until May.  When graduated, you'll be a second year apprentice having completed your PC 1 and be front loaded with the written and practical exams for PC 2.

Food & Drink Publications

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." - George Bernard Shaw

Granville Island Market Tours

A Foodie Highlight Featuring the Best of Granville Island!

Weave expertly through the busy Public Market, skipping the line at the best food shops and artisans to taste over 20 signature Canadian food cultures.

Tours are 2 hours, 10:30am - 12:30pm, running daily in the summer, and Thursdays-Sundays between September 19 and May 20. All food and drink tastings are included!

Canada Food & Beverage Tradeshows

Stay up to date with food and beverage trade shows in Canada!

From Retailers to Manufacturers and Suppliers, there is always a conference or trade show happening somewhere!



Our annual education day will be held on Friday, October 27th at the Power to Change in Langley. This is an excellent event and an opportunity to earn your extra CE points. The day will start at 0730 for breakfast and continue until 3:30pm.

Featured Speakers:  Terri Dowton from the Employers' Advisers Office and Daniel Fontane from the BC Care Providers Association

Certificates will be handed out to go towards your OH & S Learning, the Fraser Health Licensing Dietician discussing menu planning and the Residential Care Regulations of BC.

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Annual CSNM Conference 2017!

The Annual CSNM Conference was held in Ottawa, June 14-16 and members of the Pacific Society of Nutrition Management is there to celebrate with Peers and mark Canada's 150th!



The Provincial Infection Control Network's webinars and teleclasses schedules, as well as many archived sessions are available!   Information follows on both the upcoming sessions and archived webinars. Check PICNet here for education opportunities. 

CONFERENCE LINE: 1-877-385-4099   PASS CODE: 7188720#

Download past slide presentations here:

PSNM Annual General Meeting - April 28, 2017

Join your colleagues and industry leaders at the upcoming PSNM AGM on April 28th in Langley.  Earn CE points to attend! Featured Guest Speakers, Lunch Vendors' Showcase, news and updates.

The AGM Day Outline:

07:30 – 0825:  Breakfast Hosted by Willie Woo from Nestles
Menu: Eggs Benny Bar for Breakfast with choice of Back Bacon, Smoked Salmon, Veggies and Fresh Fruit Salad, New Sunsational Express line of juices, Coffee/Tea and Specialty Hot Drinks

08:30 – 10:00  PSNM AGM
10:00 – 11:00 Fraser Health Licensing Dietician Suvarna Rao
11:00 – 12:15 BC Care Providers Association CEO Daniel Fontaine
12:15 – 1:15   Lunch Vendor Showcase Hosted by Willie Woo from Nestles

MENU: Lobster Ravioli, Braised Beef Ravioli, Portobello & Spinach Ravioli & a variety of sauces

Firehouse Chili with Minors Ancho & Chipotle Flavor Concentrates, Lasagna, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Baked French Fry & Flavored Gravy Bar, San Pelligrino/Perrier, Nestle and Hagen Daz Ice Cream & Chocolate

1:15 – 1:30:     Coffee Break
1:30 – 3:30:     The Employers Advisors Office Terry Dowton

CE Points Earned from our AGM

  • Competency #6 Human Resources
  • Competency #4 Clinical Nutrition
  • Competency #7 Finance
  • Competency #1 Professionalism
  • Competency #3 Nutrition & Healthy Living