Achieving Balance in the Food Service
& Nutrition Manager Role

Cherie Furlan-Craievich

Registered Dietitian


About Cherie Furlan-Craievich


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Cherie Furlan-Craievich is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including retirement, long-term care, and the foodservice industry. Her journey began with various roles such as Dietary Aide, Nutrition Manager, Consulting RD, and Corporate RD in LTC homes. Since 2018, she has focused on consulting, striving to improve food service operations and ensure optimal nutrition for seniors during their final days.  Her dedication to serving seniors has led her to collaborate with manufacturers, where she has contributed to recipe development, blog writing, nutritional analysis, menu calorie counts, and providing training for seniors’ living organizations nationwide. Cherie has partnered with renowned companies such as Maple Leaf Foods, Export Packers, Burnbrae Farms, Dole Foods, Health Hormel Labs, Egg Farmers of Ontario, and the Kinton Ramen Restaurant Chain.

Cherie played a pivotal role as a volunteer with the Dietitians of Canada Gerontology Network in coordinating the Recommended National Standards for Long-Term Care Nutrition and Food Services in 2022 and development of “Menu Planning in Long Term Care with Canada’s Food Guide (2019)” with the Dietitians of Canada. Her most recent achievement is winning the 2023 Dietitians of Canada Gerontology Network (GN) Marie Taylor Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care, Seniors’ Nutrition, and Dietetic Practice. This award, inspired by Marie Taylor, a “visionary champion for the dietetic profession and an advocate for the rights and well-being of the elderly,” honors Cherie’s outstanding contributions.

She has worked in seniors living for several corporate and independent long-term care/retirement homes, food service distribution, food industry, and private practice.   She has experience in clinical care, policy and program development, food service operations, menu planning, recipe development, Point Click Care and Meal Suite Food Service Management Software, Accreditation Coordination, and most recently initiating IDDSI training and development of IDDSI recipes.  Cherie has been a mentor to numerous dietetic interns andFSNMstudents during her career and has provided countless educational presentations to frontline healthcare including RN/RPN team members. For the past 7 years, she volunteers as the Advocacy Coordinator for the Dietitians of Canada, Gerontology Network and previously was the chair for 5 years.  She has assisted in the coordination of the Recommended National Standards for Long Term Care Nutrition and Foodservices 2022.   

Her initiative and drive have always been to try new things in food service operations to improve efficiencies or to develop recipes including texture modified recipes to improve the nutrition well-being and quality of life for residents in senior’s living.  In her spare time, she loves to cook, decorate, garden, and spend precious time with her kids, family and friends.

Achieving Balance in Food Service and Nutrition Management:
In Conversation With Cherie Furlan-Craievich

Uncover the secrets to Achieving Balance in the Food Service & Nutrition Manager Role with Cherie’s inspiring story. From her early days as a dietary aide to her impactful work as a Registered Dietitian, learn how Cherie has navigated her diverse roles.


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