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Webinar: Dig into Canada's biggest school food program - Ontario

Hosted by: Food Secure Canada



With $32 millions invested by the provincial government and funding from municipalities, Ontario’s school food  program is the biggest provincial program in Canada. Join us to learn from government and communities representatives involved in making this program a reality.

In May 2012, the Ministry of health and Long-Term care assembled a group of experts to serve on its Healthy Kids Panel and provide advice on how achieve the government’s goal of reducing childhood obesity. Following this panel, the report No time to wait : the Healthy Kids Strategy have been released by the gouvernement  and one of the recommandation is to implement a universal school food program to support healthy kids.

What is the model behind this program and what are the next steps to move forward in response to the healthy kids strategy recommandation?

During this webinar our presenters Tracy Mc Murray, Child and Youth Development Branch Strategic Policy and Planning Division Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Carolyn Hunter from Ottawa Network for Education and Nicola Lyle from Peterborough Family Resource Centre and Michele Vine an Evaluation Specialist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario will answer to this question.


Nicola Lyle is the Regional Manager of Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) for Central East Ontario, working out of the Peterborough Family Resource Centre, one of 14 Lead Agencies who administer SNPs in Ontario.  She is also the Co-Chair of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program Network.  As Regional Manager, Nicola administers provincial funding to more than 650 schools, that span from large, urban high schools to rural schools with less than 50 students.  Prior to working in Student Nutrition, Nicola managed a variety of programs and projects in the areas of Child Welfare, Social Assistance, and Family Support.  She has an M.Ed. from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Community Development and Evaluation, and is an instructor in the Early Childhood Education Program at Durham College.  In her spare time, she is an active community volunteer, and can be found chasing her teenage children down bike paths and ski trails. 

Tracy McMurray is a Manager of Child and Youth Development with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  She leads policy development on several key files including the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program, the Ontario Child Benefit and the Student Nutrition Program, which helps provide a nutritious breakfast, lunch or snack to over 756,000 children and youth in over 3600 school and community locations across Ontario.  Previously she was an advisor to senior executives at the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat and the former Ministry of Health Promotion.  Tracy also spent 14 years in a community development role in the municipal parks and recreation sector.  Tracy is currently an individual member of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada and a former board member of The Youth Centre, (community health centre), and a former member of the Centennial College Recreation and Leisure Program Advisory Committee.

Michelle Vine is an Evaluation Specialist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She is a social geographer, with a focus on the environment and health, population health intervention research, health policy implementation, and qualitative research methods. For her doctoral research (McMaster University), Michelle evaluated the school nutrition policy environment in Ontario, examining local level factors shaping policy implementation. Her current research is focused on school food programs in Canada, the impact of a comprehensive school health approach in secondary schools, and after-school nutrition programs in First Nations communities. Michelle is currently working on a policy brief to link policy, practice and research in school nutrition, and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Health Promotion Practice.



Carolyn Hunter is the Director of the Ottawa School Breakfast Program (OSBP) - a program of the Ottawa Network for Education - one of 14 Lead Agencies administering the Ontario Student Nutrition Program. The OSBP has an annual budget of $2 Million and serves 13,000+ students daily in 175 Ottawa schools. Carolyn is also the Co-Chair of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program Network and a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa.
Carolyn is passionate about working and volunteering with organizations that contribute to building inclusive communities. Most recently, prior to working in Student Nutrition, Carolyn worked with United Way Ottawa and The Ottawa Food Bank focussing primarily on program development and management, fundraising, organizational development and relationship management as well as grant allocations. Almost all of her spare time is spent in the woods on skis or in hiking boots or steering a canoe and preferably overnight in a tent.

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Webinar date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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