Amy has been involved with numerous health related projects via the Toronto Vegetarian Association as well as in her community. A few of her favourite projects have included:
- Colon cancer recipe development and video demonstrations with GBC and the Princess Margaret Hospital.
- Developing diabetic friendly recipes for the Canadian Diabetes Association
- Running Cancer Prevention cooking classes with vegetarian lifestyle coach Nimisha Raja
- Developing recipes for Tonight’s Meatless Monday campaign.
- Developing and demonstrating disease fighting recipes for the YMCA for Greater Toronto and Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto.
- Recipe development and food writing for TVA’ s Food of the Month column (4 years and counting!)
In 2010, Amy was found feeding the future naturopathic doctors of the world as the head pastry chef for Hearty Catering, located in the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Amy also interned on Christine Cushing’s show Fearless in the Kitchen and continues to work towards combining her passion for disease prevention via proper nutrition with her zeal for, and experience with, various media. She also contributes healthy plant-based recipes regularly to Clean Eating Magazine.
Aside from her passion for nutrition and the media, Amy thoroughly enjoys teaching her own nutrition driven cooking curricula both at George Brown College and Gilda’s club Greater Toronto. She also runs healthy cooking classes for the Health Starts Here cooking series at Whole Foods in Hazelton Lanes, Toronto, as well as for a children’s Junior Chef Program at The Chef Upstairs.
Why Amy does what she does…
On November 30th, 2008, after a two year battle with breast cancer, my best friend and mother, Sharon Helps-Symington passed away. Good health should not be a battle. However, we do need to be nutritionally armed to avoid one.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that we do, in fact, have the key to our health. Nutrition is more important than any average doctor or typical hospital will credit. Supplying the general population with the tools to steer their health in the nutritionally sound direction is what I strive for every day of my wonderful existence. My desire is to inspire.