Heron Terrace’s Dave Lebert becomes president-elect of CSNM

Dave will be focusing much of his term on expanding IDDSI education, nationally and internationally
7/11/2018  - Deron Hamel
Heron Terrace’s Dave Lebert, pictured above, recently became president-elect of the CSNM, an organization aimed at moving nutritional-care management  

Dave Lebert, who works in the environmental services department at Heron Terrace and also occasionally as a chef at the Windsor long-term care community, has been elected president of the Canadian Society of Nutritional Management (CSNM).

Dave, who also owns his own nutrition consultation company, Lebert and Associates, was voted in as CSNM president-elect during the organization’s annual conference in Moncton, N.B. on June 14.

The CSNM is a national organization aimed at moving nutritional-care management forward. Members are provided with educational and networking opportunities to advance their professional development and the organizations they represent.

Dave says his first year as president-elect will be largely focused on expanding continuing education, nationally and internationally, with particular focus on the U.K. and Australia. Much of this education will centre on helping long-term care homes and hospitals implement the framework for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI).

Dysphagia, the medical term for swallowing difficulty, is a common condition among people living in long-term care homes. IDDSI has a framework that uses a common language and testing methods for food and liquid textures used in dysphagia diets.

The CSNM board always has three presidential roles: president-elect, president and past-president. This is to help the organizational leaders guide each other through their journeys with the CSNM. Dave is currently CSNM president-elect and will be sworn in as president in June 2019.

Dave first joined the CSNM when he was a nutritional care manager at Heron Terrace. He says he’s looking forward to the new opportunities that will come with his three-year commitment.

“I am really excited and looking forward to this position,” Dave tells S&R Today.

Dave says he has received a lot of support from Steeves & Rozema corporate dietitian Cherie Furlan-Craievich in the pursuit of his new role.

“She has been very supportive of my education programs and also with the role of becoming president,” he says.

CSNM current president Chris Weber tells S&R Today that Dave has done “an extraordinary job” managing and developing CSNM’s continuing education portfolio as well as creating and fostering new relationships with sister organizations overseas.

“His hard work and dedication to the CSNM is invaluable, and we look forward to his leadership in the years ahead,” Chris says.

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