Macdonald Dietetics students Alyshia Guan, Asmaa Housni, Danielle Kasis Akal and Kristina Madjuga were recent Forces AVENIR award winners (health category) for their work as part of the Collaboration Interprofessionelle Montréalaise Étudiante (CIME). CIME is an interprofessional team of medical, nursing, dietetics and social work students sharing the common goal of diminishing healthcare gaps experienced by asylum seekers in Montreal.
Alyshia speaks on behalf of the Dietetics Student Executives: “It is an honour to receive this generous award from Forces Avenir. COVID-19 has overwhelmingly impacted the welfare of the vulnerable, such as asylum seekers. Our team had pivoted from health workshops to fundraising, and providing emergency food assistance to address the immediate needs of the community. I wanted to give a big thank you to Brandon Au for leading the team throughout its conception.”