The Dietitians of Canada (DC) Member Recognition Award recognize DC members who excel in the areas of leadership, innovation or education. Their expertise and achievements help contribute to the advancement of the dietetic profession. Nominations for this award are submitted by peers and recognize members’ volunteerism, expertise, and achievements that contribute to the advancement of the profession.
Shahzadi believes that healthy living is a way of life. Over the years, she has received extensive experience in coaching and health promotion in diverse settings in Canada and the UK. Her experience encompasses both the private and public sectors, as she has worked with communities and public health programs while also improving health and wellness in corporate settings. Shahzadi has applied her strong coaching skills, along with her commitment to evidence-based medicine, to support patients and organizations as they strive to achieve their goals.
Shahzadi’s commitment to motivational coaching and a client-focused approach earned her a faculty member position for the Institute of Health Communication for the Central West Local Health Integration Network. She also served as a peer leader for both the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program.
Raised in England with roots in Chitral and Hyderabad, Pakistan, Shahzadi now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and three young children.
Shahzadi holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition (global health); her postgraduate studies were in nutrition and clinical dietetics. Passionate about community service, Shahzadi has served in various capacities in the Jamati Institutions; she currently serves as the LIF operational chair for the Ismaili Nutrition Centre.
Shahzadi is also in private practice where she offers digital health coaching to her clients. Known as Desi-licious RD, Shahzadi blogs at www.shahzadidevje.com, where she shares her love of cooking and encourages all of her readers to join her on a path where they can thrive to health and happiness.