Brescia professor brings home triple honours

News Release
May 6, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

London, ON – Dr. Alicia Garcia, Chair of the Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences program at Brescia University College, received a national award in Ottawa on April 25th at the National President’s Gala Dinner held by the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP). This national win follows top awards for Garcia both regionally and provincially as Food Executive of the Year. Dr. Garcia’s office at Brescia now holds three plaques and one huge trophy, yet Dr. Garcia, as described by Tracy Jones, President of the CAFP London Branch, remains the “unassuming lady who has given of herself throughout her life both professionally and personally.”

The Food Executive of the Year award is presented in recognition of outstanding ability and contribution to the foodservice and hospitality industry, as well as for service within CAFP and community involvement. The award is sponsored and presented by Kraft Foodservice Canada in their ongoing commitment to CAFP and to leadership in the foodservice industry.

Tracy Jones goes on to say of Dr. Garcia, “Professionally, Alicia Garcia has reached the pinnacle of success as a renowned educator, mentor, and friend to all who have had the privilege of working, studying, and knowing her.” Dr. Colleen Hanycz, the Principal of Brescia, concurs. “Since her Brescia faculty appointment in 1989, Alicia has made every effort to support this institution and, in particular, her home division of Foods and Nutritional Sciences. As an academic leader, Alicia has worked to transform Brescia into one of Canada’s preeminent destinations for students seeking to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in this field. As a direct result of her passion and leadership, Brescia added the Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition in 2007 and, this year, following her work on a provincial task force respecting Food and Nutritional Sciences education, Alicia has successfully developed a new Diploma in Dietetic Education and Training to commence this month. She has been the author of countless new academic program modules, as well as partnership agreements with Fanshawe College, the Ivey School of Business at Western University, George Brown College, La Salle Beauvais in France, and Wayo Women’s University in Japan, to name a few. Dr. Garcia is a giant in her field and it is highly satisfying to see her decades of passion, creativity, and commitment recognized in this manner.”

Dr. Garcia is grateful for the award and says she has always valued her association with CAFP. “I have loved being a member of this group for the past 20 years and have especially enjoyed being a mentor to the student members of CAFP. I have been happy to serve as the National Vice-President Student Development at CAFP for many years and have been the Faculty Advisor to CAFP at Brescia since 1994. CAFP is very generous in its support and education of students, and is, in fact, one of the top national associations when it comes to student support. It also has a well-established award system for students and I am proud that three Brescia students have been national winners of the Aramark Gold Plate award and have won a total of seven awards since 1997.”

Dr. Garcia, a credentialed Food Service Executive at the Diamond level (the top possible level), has won two previous awards from CAFP in addition to the prestigious Brescia Learn, Live, Lead Award, Brescia’s Campus Partner Appreciation Award from the Student Life Centre, and the Dietitians of Canada (DC) Pin of Excellence and national recognition as an outstanding educator in Dietetics and Nutrition, also from DC. She has served on many national committees, including Ontario’s Task Force on Dietetic Education and Practical Training; the College of Dietitians of Ontario; the Canadian Association of Professional Programs in Human Nutrition; the Canadian Association of University Teachers; and the Dietitians of Canada.

Dr. Garcia is deeply committed to her field, recognizing that world issues such as food safety and food security cannot be overlooked and that obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are manageable through diet. She is also committed to her community and serves as a lector with the St. John the Divine Parish; has served on committees for Women Immigrants of London (WIL), the IODE, and the London Cross-Cultural Learning Centre; and is an ongoing member of the Filipino-Canadian Association of London and District. She holds an MPS degree in food and nutrition from the University of the Philippines and a PhD in international nutrition from Cornell University.

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