Nutrition and Recovery for Mental Wellness and Addiction.
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This week Karen Geisbretch – Karen cultivates a community of practice among food charities so they can share ideas and resources, inspire each other to deeper hospitality that increases access to nutritious food, build resilient residents and neighbourhoods, and prompt a cultural shift in both the Christian and the wider community away from random charity toward sustainable and equitable local food systems.
Karen is a registered dietitian with a particular interest in mental health and nutrition, having worked with people with mental health challenges in both Vancouver and Jamaica. She holds a master’s degree in healthcare leadership from Royal Roads University (RRU), where she studied collaboration and engagement with people from diverse healthcare disciplines. The focus of her research at RRU was the relationships between the youth, staff, and volunteers in a mentorship program for at-risk youth.
Karen believes how we eat relates to how we cope, both physically, socially, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. She started volunteering with food programs when she was a UBC student. One volunteering job led to another and another, which led her to start working in addictions treatment programs and shelters. Karen is adamant that nutrition is not given as much weight as it should be when it comes to mental health and addiction.
Outside her role with CityGate, Karen works as the dietitian with the Salvation Army Harbour Light and serves on the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition and Food Security Network Executive Committee. She was a founding Board member of Inner Hope Youth Ministries, a housing and support program for at-risk youth in Vancouver. Karen takes great delight in sharing good meals with her family, friends, and those in her community who are hungry.
Karen has also written two children’s books to inspire children and adults to eat healthily.
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