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Board of Directors

President, Board Chair

Kim Sandiland

Kim Sandiland has been a Registered Dietitian since 2013 and has been working in Primary Care since she graduated from the Master of Food and Nutrition program at Brescia University College.  She serves as the Treasurer, and a is a current member of the Board of Directors for the newly established Primary Care Dietitians’ Association.  She has served as Regional Lead the Dietitians of Canada FHT RD network for 2 terms and supported the transition of the FHT RD Network to the newly established PCDA.

Vice President

Sonia Filice

Sonia Filice has been working as a Registered Dietitian in Primary Care since 2016 when she completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics as well as her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Wayne State University.  She is a new Board Member for the newly established Primary Care Dietitian’s Association, a former recipient of the Barb Manilla Award, and an award-winning recipe creator.

Treasurer / Secretary

Laurie Michael

Laurie is from Charlottetown, PEI and has been working as an RD since 2008 after completing her undergrad at UPEI and the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program. She has completed the Ryerson Food Security Certificate and a Masters in Public Health from Lakehead University. She has worked in a variety of practice settings in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island including: FHT, inpatients and outpatients, long term care, preschool nutrition policy, and is currently working as a primary care RD with prenatal and pediatric populations on PEI. She is also a Board member of CHANCES Family Center and a member of the PEI Working Group for a Liveable Income. She will also be working with the PCDA’s recently formed Diversity Group. She is honored to be a part of the Primary Care Dietitian Association and serve on this newly established Board of Directors. 

Her spare time is spent pursuing her hobbies of cooking (especially recipes passed down by her Lebanese grandparents!), photography, reading, trail and beach walks, and beginner astronomy – but most of all, spending any with her two adorable young boys and her husband.

Board Directors


Marg Alfieri

Marg Alfieri is a health care professional who has worked in a wide variety of health care settings, from tertiary care, research, private practice and finally to her delight in primary care – family health teams.  Marg is an Associate Professor at Mc Masters’ School of Medicine and has authored over a dozen of research articles.

She is the  former President and Chair of AFHTO, a position that allowed  her to fulfill her passion for comprehensive team based primary care.  Marg was a driving force behind the Recruitment and Retention campaign that corrected the decade long wage parity issue that Primary Care Dietitians were plagued with.  Currently she chairs the Inter Health Professional Advisory Council for AFHTO. In April 2020, she fulfilled a long held dream and  founded the Primary Care Dietitians Association which represents primary care dietitians across Canada.

Donna Lowes

Donna Lowes is a registered dietitian with a passion for connecting people through food. Donna completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Guelph. As a new member of the Board of Directors for the Primary Care Dietitians’ Association, Donna looks forward to cultivating new connections and forward movement in the dietetic industry. With a strong background in agriculture, she loves helping people to understand where their food comes from and how it can nourish their body. She can be found gardening, horseback riding or cooking in her spare time.

Rawan Aljbour

Rawan is a Registered Dietitian who has been providing nutritional services for almost 13 years and has helped thousands of people to manage their chronic diseases including Diabetes Type 2, Obesity, and Cholesterol and dramatically improve their quality of life.

Rawan is an International educated professional dietitian, graduated from the University of Jordan in 2007 and worked in the Middle East for 7 years in an outpatient setting, moved to Canada in 2015 as an Immigrant who had a dream to become an RD here. Rawan attended the International Educated Professional in Nutrition (IEPN) Program in 2017 at Ryerson University, Toronto. She completed 2 years of the program including a 1-year internship. Finally, became an RD with the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO) in 2019. She is working as Primary Care Dietitian since then!

Tameika Shaw

Tameika Shaw is Manager, Primary Care Services with TAIBU Community Health Centre in Scarborough, Ontario. Over the last 12 years, Tameika has practiced as a Community Dietitian providing counseling on a wide range of diet related conditions, planning and delivering programs and working with various community agencies to address food insecurity within the community. Leveraging the skills and knowledge gained in this role, Tameika has made a seamless transition to health leadership with continued focus on improving health outcomes of the individual and community. Tameika is often described as approachable and humble while being effective in leadership and project management. In her current role as manager, Tameika has co-lead clinic initiatives that aim to improve patient access to care, build capacity and foster external partnerships. In addition to her primary job functions, Tameika is clinical lead in the Centre’s pandemic and COVID-19 response including testing and vaccine initiatives. Tameika obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University and holds a graduate degree in Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Community Health Centre Dietitian Action Group and the Primary Care Dietitians Association.

Yijing (Catherine) Cai 

Yijing (Catherine) Cai has been a Registered Dietitian since 2018.  She has experience working in primary care and Long Term Care settings. She enjoys the diversity in primary care and is currently an RD at the Crosstown Family Health Team.  She grew up in China and is a self-claim adventurous foodie. She enjoys exploring new areas, learning new cultures, and trying different cuisines in her spare time with her friends and family.


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