July 5, 1922 - October 16, 2022
The death occurred peacefully at the Kings County Memorial Hospital on Sunday, October 16, 2022 of the Honourable Doris Margaret Anderson of St. Peter’s, age 100 years. She was born on the family farm in St. Peter’s on July 5, 1922. Loving sister of Dr. Alan Anderson and sister-in-law of Kathleen Anderson, Ann Anderson and Merrijoy Kelner. Treasured “Aunt Do” of 13 nieces, nephews and their families.
Predeceased by her parents William and Florence (MacSwain) Anderson, brothers Ken, twin David, Don, Dr. Robert N. (Marion), nephew Dr. John Anderson, and former sister-in-law Doris H. (McCubbin) Anderson.
She attended Prince of Wales College and graduated from Acadia University with a BSc in 1944 and from Cornell University with an MSc in 1951.
She founded the Home Economics program at UPEI where she was a professor from 1969 until 1988. In 1994, she was named professor emeritus.
Doris was a founding member of the PEI chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1982, in recognition of her expertise in celiac disease and her contribution to education and mental health in PEI.
She was appointed to the Senate of Canada and served from 1995-1997. She was conferred an Honourary Doctorate of Science by Acadia University, her alma mater, in 1997.
She was an avid gardener, a political junkie, a sports fan extraordinaire and a lifelong admirer of the Royal Family, especially Queen Elizabeth II. She lived a long life full of accomplishments, and she will be remembered by all who knew her for her unlimited kindness and unwavering generosity.
Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. Funeral Friday at 2:00 p.m. in St. Peter’s United Church. Interment in Midgell Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations may be made directly to St. Peter’s United Church, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation or UPEI Scholarship Fund. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at St. Peter’s United Church from 12:30 until the time of service. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com
Toronto Metropolitan University Home Economics Association (TMHEA) is planning an in-person Meet and Greet with OHEA/THEA members in which TMU students can learn more about home economics, the different career paths and how to get involved. At the event, we will begin with introductions, go over frequently asked questions to all attending members, and allow some time at the end of the event for students to ask more questions and network.
Date: November 1, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
For questions and inquiries, contact Lindsey Ma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Vicky Rombough, Garth and Julie Rombough, and Lynn and Michael Evans. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Ernie, with whom she enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage.
Born on July 17, 1928, Marion grew up and went to school in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1949. Marion met John Ernest (Ernie) Magee in her University days and on September 12, 1953, they were married in their hometown in Winnipeg. Marion and Ernie moved to Toronto in 1959 and enjoyed over 60 years there. Marion and Ernie loved traveling and visited many countries around the world on their annual trips. Her other love was their Haliburton cottage, where she and her family spent more than 55 summers. She was a Charter member of Donminster United, later to be Jubilee United. She was an active member of the University Canada West, her beloved Bridge Club and the Milne House Garden Club for nearly 30 years. Marion's special hobby was designing hasty notes and place cards with her pressed flowers. If you have been fortunate to receive one, you will treasure it as a keepsake from this fine lady who always showed a genuine interest in all her family and friends and their activities. Marion cared for them deeply and always thought the best of people. She was a special lady who loved life and was always there for others. She touched the lives of all she knew. She will be greatly missed by many. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jubilee United Church (jublieeunited.ca) would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at www.kanejerrett-thornhill.ca.
RUSCICA, AUDREY MARGARET (nee FINCH) January 20, 1933 – August 14, 2022 Passed away at home in her 90th year. Sam, Audrey's beloved husband of over 60 years predeceased Audrey, or Aud, as he always called her, by four months. It's nice to think of them together again. Audrey is survived by, and will be deeply missed by, son, Chris (Tina); daughter, Lesley; grandson, Adam (Zeinab); and sisters-in-law, Joan (Art), Karen; and many nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased by her brothers, Donald (Robina) and Beverly. Audrey was born to the late Eardley and Anna (nee Davies) Finch on January 20, 1933, in Dorchester Township, Ontario, where she grew up on the family farm.
Audrey graduated from Branksome Hall in Toronto and then went on to obtain her diploma in Home Economics from the Macdonald Institute, Ontario Agricultural College, and was later awarded an Honorary Companion of the University of Guelph. Audrey always had a book on the go and carried one with her wherever she went. Audrey turned her love of books into a career when she returned to school at Seneca College to earn her Library Techniques diploma which she put to good use working very happily for the Toronto Public Library at several Toronto branches. Audrey had many hobbies and was an avid quilter and knitter as those who were lucky enough to receive a beautifully crafted quilt or a hand-knitted pair of socks can attest. Several beautiful samples of Audrey's quilts are hanging at home and the cottage, where many happy times were spent with family and friends. Audrey also enjoyed nothing more than a good British television show and was a Corrie fan for over 50 years. Audrey, loving wife to Sam, and devoted and caring mom to Chris and Lesley, as well as all of the family's beloved dogs over the years, will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Visitation will take place at the Pine Hills Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 625 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON, M1K 1R1 on Saturday, August 20, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Audrey to the Toronto Public Library Foundation https://tplfoundation.ca.
On July 13, Statistics Canada released data and analyses from the 2021 Census on families, households, and marital status. This highly anticipated release provides Canadians with its first updated portrait of family households during the pandemic and is the agency’s first to report on the gender diversity of couples in Canada.
This release includes information on family structure, marital status, living arrangements, foster children, couples with and without children, and a variety of other topics related to family households across the country.
For more information, visit Statistics Canada by clicking here.
These two women, Grace Labbe’ and Anne Burns-one led me to Home Economics, the other made me want to stay and make a difference.
Grace Labbe’ was my Grade Ten (1965) Home Ec teacher in Ottawa at Notre Dame High School. Until her death notice of July 2022, I had no idea where she was. She was not in the OHEA archives, but I did know she graduated from St Francis Xavier. She was young and beautiful and could sew. She told her young students she had decorated her dorm room in white. It was work but she loved it. Right then and there I decided to become a Home Economist. My Mum encouraged me because she was Halifax born and my grandmother had a friend who graduated from Mount St Vincent, Mrs. Ethel Boyd. Her tea sandwich protocol I still follow.
I wrote a note to Paule Labbe’, Mrs. Labbe’s daughter, to let her know and I met Paule at the funeral. I cried; she was gracious.
Anne Burns, Aunt to Elizabeth Larmond-Elliot (Ottawa Home Economics) gave me my first Home Economics job, working at Health Canada, on her book-The Canadian Mother and Child. What a summer (1972), I learned much, is a vast understatement and I made a forever friend. She had graduated from Mount St Vincent in Halifax and became fast friends with my parents, Kae and Butch Boucher. I bet my Dad’s raspberry bushes still grow near her cottage property on the Gatineau River. She and Helen Sackville opened the door to emergency feeding in Canada and Anne spoke to Elizabeth to help me on my fourth-year research project on Canola. Anne also led me to contribute through the Government of Canada. I retired from government after 35 years. Anne’s honesty and integrity were part of that.
Thank you both—I wish every home economics/dietetic student in Canada the privilege to know such people. I try to pass the torch.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Sheila Elizabeth Anne O’Sullivan on July 4, 2022, at the age of 79. Sheila will be forever cherished and missed by her daughters Andrea Winarski (Ken) and Laura Pollnow (Matt), her sister Maureen Downie, her beloved grandchildren Liam, Aidan and Ava Fowler and Sean and Evelyn Pollnow, her nephews Matt and Ryan Downie (Heather), her great nephews, Owen and Sullivan and our Aunt Linda Dallman. Sheila is predeceased by her brother-in-law Bruce Downie.
Sheila was born in Niagara Falls on Jan 9, 1943 to Gertrude O’Sullivan (née Carlise) and John O’Sullivan. She graduated with Honours from Mimico High School in 1962, and was awarded a scholarship from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1966 she graduated from The University of Toronto with a BSc. She earned a Masters Of Education from The University of Toronto in 1987.
Sheila was a life long learner and passionate teacher. She earned her Honours Specialist in Home Economics, Science and Special Education and completed the Principal’s Qualification Program. She taught at Leaside Secondary School and then East York Collegiate, as Head of Science, until her retirement in 2003.
Sheila was an avid speed reader and competitive duplicate bridge player. She loved cryptic crosswords, jigsaw and Mensa puzzles. She was certified by the RCM in Grade 10 piano.
Sheila will be remembered for her acute intelligence, her strength of character, her steadfast friendships, her pragmatic nature and her unwavering devotion to her grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Friday September 30 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Cedar Brae Golf Club, 55 Mac Frost Way, Scarborough, ON.
In lieu of flowers, donations to MSH would be appreciated by the family.
OHEA welcomes new student member Jodine Romanuk. Read about Jodine's biography below.
Born and raised in Kamloops, BC, Jodine loved playing sports which enabled her to attend university in the US to obtain an Associate’s degree in Accounting. Moving back to Canada, she immediately relocated to Calgary, AB and spent the next 12 years there working in different industries from food and beverage, golf and fitness, and corporate in oil and gas and human resources.
She met her husband in Calgary and started their young family in Alberta before moving to her husband’s hometown of London, ON in 2014. She has been a stay-at-home mom to her three children (9,8, and 6 years old) since the first was born.
While experiencing postpartum depression with her third baby, she attended a PPD group at a local social services center and loved what the two facilitators were doing to help moms experiencing mental health issues. This intrigued her enough to start looking for higher education programs that work with families and mental health. What she found was the Human Ecology program in Family Studies and Human Development at Brescia University and started taking courses whenever it fit into her family life. She loved the Parenting and Close Relationships courses as she was able to apply her new knowledge right away. What she eventually realized is that being a stay-at-home mom utilized all the skills that are found in the Home Economics/Human Ecology stream and how valuable they are to the family and society.
While still open to possibilities to what may come after completing her degree at the end of 2022, she is considering her second career options in the education, personal finance or mental health areas.
Welcome new Registered Member, Abigail Scott. You can read Abigail's assignment for the Self Study Professional Course here and her biography below.
Abigail is an alumna of both the University of Guelph and Fanshawe College, having completed the BASc - Applied Human Nutrition program and the Agri-Business Management program, respectively. She currently works as a Customer Service Coordinator, and is transitioning next month to a new job at a small business that prepares a variety of homemade meals. In her spare time, she loves to crochet, read, and collect cookbooks. The star cookbook of the collection is the 1952 Good Housekeeping complete suite of 20 mini cookbooks. She also loves to cook and bake, regularly experimenting with new recipes and techniques. She lives on a farm with her partner, their Australian Shepherd “Peaches”, and many cows.
The Ontario Home Economics Association, a self-regulating body of professional Home Economists, promotes high professional standards among its members so that they may assist families and individuals to achieve and maintain a desirable quality of life.