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Karen Graham and husband Rick Durand, Kelowna, BC

Karen Graham

Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator

For almost 30 years Karen worked as a Diabetes Educator at the diabetes education centre in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.  While spending time with thousands of clients, she was able to help them make positive lifestyle changes and overcome difficult and challenging struggles.

"I often feel I have been so lucky to devote so much of my life to the important fight against diabetes" says Karen.

With years of experience in nutrition, Karen set out to have an even larger impact. This is when she began compiling her research and experience and started transforming them into a series of diabetes related books.

Creating nutrition focused books to suit different cultures was inspired by her life in Nairobi, Kenya.  Karen was born there and was raised in a very active and outdoors environment.  Her appreciation for culture encouraged her to want to work with people and to study food and health. From this passion, she became a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in Canada.

Eventually, her work with health professionals and the public led her to write books and resources about nutrition and diabetes. Her goal was always to make these easy-to-read and practical, and also beautiful and inspiring.

Over the last 30 years, Karen has worked at several clinics across Canada, and counseled over 5,000 clients.  In 2012 Karen moved to British Columbia to work as a renal dietitian, then was hired as a Public Health Dietitian with a focus on prevention and population health.  Early in her career (1997), she was awarded the “Outstanding Performance in Community Nutrition Award” by the Manitoba Association of Registered Dietitians, and twenty years later (2017) the Diabetes Canada, Thompson-Okanagan Professional Section, Diabetes Educator Day Outstanding Contribution Award. Her books have also won several awards including the Dietitians of Canada and Kraft Canada, Regional Speaking of Food and Eating Award.

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Karen has been interviewed on national television and radio, and reviewed in hundreds of newspapers, magazines and professional journals. Karen has been a key note speaker at conferences and diabetes Expos across Canada.

She brings the experience of Certified Diabetes Educator who has successfully completed nutrition/teaching contracts for Health Canada, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Health, and Yellowquill College.

As well as Professional Membership of College of Dietitians of British Columbia; Diabetes Canada, Professional Section; and the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association.

Karen has won numerous awards for her diabetes education experience and has released and sold many professional publications on diabetes over the last 30 years.

Karen is known for her enthusiastic, fun and practical public presentations on diabetes as well as her valuable train-the-trainer workshops for diabetes workers and professionals.  She has presented at regional, national and international conferences. Here are some comments from participants at a Health Canada Conference:

  • Excellent speaker who is very down-to-earth and gives excellent examples.

  • Awesome!

  • Wonderful entertaining knowledge-packed presentation. Thank you!

  • Demonstrations and book guidelines were excellent.

  • Provides practical information that is possible to implement.

  • Demos were great!

  • Excellent presentation with great teaching aids.

  • Very strong teaching style.

  • Knowledgeable speaker with practical tips. Easy to understand – examples given are excellent.

  • Great presentation!

  • Loved her demonstrations and book and explanations. Fabulous. Best of the whole conference.

  • Hugely helpful. Thanks!

  • Wonderful presenter! Best presentation yet.

  • Excellent comparisons – a real eye opener.

If you would like Karen to speak at your conference or for your organization or community group, please contact her for information about previous speaking engagements, scheduling and fees. Her speaking engagements are generally booked at least six months in advance.

Awards

  • 2017: Diabetes Canada, Thompson-Okanagan Professional Section, Diabetes Educator Day Outstanding Contribution Award, November 27, 2017

  • 2012 & 1999: Dietitians of Canada and Kraft Canada, Regional Speaking of Food and Eating Award, 2012 for Complete Diabetes Guide and 1999 for Meals for Good Health

  • 2005: National Health Information Award, Health Promotion Disease and Injury Prevention Information

  • 1997:Manitoba Association of Registered Dietitians and Manitoba Milk Producers,  Outstanding Performance in Community Nutrition Award

  • 1995: Manitoba Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Literacy nomination by Manitoba Association of Registered Dietitians

Presentations

Explaining Diabetes