Past CAFP President and Award-Winner
Written By Chelsea Rose
Lisa Maselli can officially call herself a Brescia graduate, after receiving a BSc Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics through the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences in 2013.
Lisa is the former President of the London Student Branch of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP), and had the honour of accepting the CAFP Student Branch of the Year Award on behalf of the entire Brescia student team last spring. Lisa has been involved in various educational nutrition programs, including Nutrition Initiatives for Kids (NIK), Diabetes Prevention Outreach Club (DPOC), and the Student Human Ecology Association (SHEA), in addition to her leadership role with CAFP. “I enjoy helping people, and it’s good to be knowledgeable in the industries of both food and health since they are so interconnected,” says Lisa.
Lisa’s mother is a Western alumna and has always spoken highly of Western and Brescia. Her mother’s words had an impact on her decision; however, Lisa ultimately chose to attend Brescia because of the Foods and Nutrition program. “I also loved that Brescia was an all-women’s university, yet we still got the entire Western experience,” says Lisa, who goes on to describe her time at Brescia as “an opportunity that helped me develop into a confident woman.”
Lisa was happy to accept the CAFP award on behalf of Brescia. This was the fourth consecutive year that CAFP Brescia has won this award. The National CAFP Branch voted the CAFP Brescia Student Branch as the best across Canada.
When asked what she believes are important traits in a leader, Lisa says, “Leaders should be charismatic, helpful, and truly have a passion for what they are doing.” Her advice to incoming Brescia students is, “Do not become completely focused on your studies; become involved with the community to get the full Brescia experience.”
Lisa is currently enjoying working in long-term care as well as for Western Hospitality Services. Brescia will be lucky to have her back on campus in the fall, as she begins her Master’s of Science in Foods and Nutrition, in the internship stream program.