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.
In 2018, Cathy assisted June Matthews and presented a leadership workshop at Brescia College. Cathy says that passing the torch to future Home Economists defines who she is as a Home Economist.
During the Pandemic in 2020, OHEA went into partnership with Bell Media and participated in the Care for the Caregivers Campaign. Cathy volunteered to head up a committee for a Care for the Caregivers page on the OHEA website. Members were invited to contribute articles and Cathy edited the submissions.
In 2021 Cathy felt very strongly about updating the Online Professional Practice Course by modernizing the content, making it more interactive and creating less responsibility for the mentor. She set out to find a content specialist and an educational designer. She also relentlessly pursued the Canadian Home Economics Foundation to procure a grant to cover expenses for the course. Her dream is to unite the provincial associations with the Course as a focal point.
Recently, in 2021 Cathy worked with Brooke McLean, VP of Social Media to write a Communications Policy for OHEA.
in the food styling, recipe testing, and creation area. Since that time, she has been a member who has volunteered with OHEA, OHEIB, and THEA, considerably. She was highly involved also by participating in and helping organize many meetings. Camille Naranjit had the pleasure of working with her in the Kraft kitchens whereby she contributed by testing many recipes for OHEA's best-selling cookbook. The last time Camille saw her was at the Toronto Farm Tour in 2016.
At times she was THEA's and OHEA's unofficial photographer who took photos of events and then shared her photos with OHEA for the archives. Most importantly, she was an incredible person who encouraged, mentored, and helped many younger members get into the freelance home economics profession; in particular, food recipe testing, food demonstration, food styling, and recipe development. She was generous in sharing her contacts and time, always. Many OHEA members would agree that this founding member deserves this award for all of her involvement.
Opzoomer; and mother-in-law to Mark Opzoomer. Chris was born in Markham, Ontario in 1932, daughter of the late John and Mary Robb. Chris had three sisters, Marilyn Pardon (predeceased) Joanne Willoughby-Ray (predeceased), Myrna Robb (Greg Ludlow); and many admiring nieces and nephews. Chris was a true leader, sportswoman, gracious hostess, curious about the world, and true friend to many. She loved life and lived it fully with many accomplishments.
From a young age, she was passionate about figure skating, competed provincially for the Granite Club and became an Ontario judge. Following graduation from Markham District High School as an Ontario scholar, she attended University of Guelph in the 4-year Home Economic course where she continued her affiliation as a member of the Alumni, and later joined the board of directors of University of Guelph. Chris met her husband, Donald, then in 3rd year law at Osgoode Hall ,in the spring of 1956 and were married the same year. Chris continued with her career in home economics field with Swift Canada as a 'Martha Logan' conducting cooking schools throughout Canada, one of her more celebrated being working with Madame Benoit where they performed to packed houses at the Montreal Forum.
Following the birth of their children, Chris moved to freelance Television and radio work in home economics as well as teaching. She was a devoted mother and actively engaged in community activities and became president of the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. Chris battled and was an early survivor of breast cancer. Her leadership skills were acknowledged in her many activities at the Toronto Granite Club, where she was invited to join the Board of Directors, eventually becoming President in 1994.
Chris and Don demonstrated true partnership in all their life activities. They enjoyed an active life including downhill skiing, golf, and travelling the globe for many adventures. They were founding members of the Hidden Valley ski club and later joined the Craigleith ski club in Collingwood. In the summer they escaped to their beloved cottage (Sanctuary) on Lake Rosseau where they were active participants at the Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club. Chris became ladies golf captain, won many trophies, and initiated the annual ladies golf camp still held to this day. On rainy golf camp days, she was famous for providing participants with 'some liquid sunshine' in their coffee—She was great fun!
Chris will be greatly missed but remembered lovingly by her husband and family and by countless others who knew and associated with Chris during her active 89 years of life. A private service has been held and a Celebration of Life will take place this summer. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital who tried valiantly to assist Chris after a fall in mid-May. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Temagami Community Foundation directed to The Robb Hindson Memorable Fund, or the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Friends may visit Chris' online Book of Memories at http://www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
Originally posted on Toronto Star—click here for the original post.
NEW! Food Literacy Progression: A Framework of Food Literacy Development for Children and Youth from 2-18 Years
Original content from the Canadian Nutrition Society
Following productive discussions that occurred during the CNS Webinar entitled "Food Literacy: A Competency Progression Framework for Children & Youth" with Dr. Joyce Slater, a new "Food Literacy Progression for Children and Youth from 2-18 Years has recently launched!
The Food Literacy Progression provides an organizational framework for food literacy development from ages 2-18 years. The Progression is a tool that can be used to support food education by demonstrating the importance and range of food-related capabilities in human development and the progression of knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become food literate. The Progression can be used in school and community settings by educators to plan, implement and evaluate food literacy programs, and advocate for resources.
The Food Literacy Progression is available as a 12-page downloadable document on the FANLit website in the Seeds of Learning area. There is also a version that can be viewed online. Find more information on the Progression in the latest FANlit blog.
You can also find many excellent food literacy teaching resources on the FANLit website.
Original post from The Toronto Star.
School meals and food literacy — our knowledge and skills regarding food — are not partisan issues. We’re counting on all parties to act together.
By Peggy O’Neil and Alicia Martin (Contributors)
All four of Ontario’s main political parties are showing leadership when it comes to school food and “food literacy” — our knowledge and skills in relation to food.
This is timely, since the federal government recently committed $1 billion over five years to developing a national program for nutritious meals in schools. And since 2020, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has worked to integrate food literacy into the province’s school system.
As researchers who study the impacts of school food programs and food literacy, we are excited about this momentum. Food literacy provides young people with tools to actualize their health and well-being and to participate in food systems. Access to nutritious food supports the well-being of children and youth, and helps make sure they are ready to learn.
In October 2020, PC MPP Daryl Kramp gained wide support for introducing Bill 216, the Food Literacy for Students Act, which proposed making “hands-on skills learned in kitchens and gardens” a requirement from grades 1-12. While the bill sailed through first and second readings, further readings stopped when the government was prorogued in September 2021.
Nonetheless, Kramp and the ministry of education ensured food literacy was incorporated into the revised science and technology curriculum for grades 1-8 and the new Grade 9 science course, and have spoken about their commitment to reintroducing Bill 216.
On May 26, Sustain Ontario, Brescia University College and the Coalition for Healthy School Food hosted an all-party forum on school food and food literacy. We asked candidates how they would: advance food literacy as mandatory for grades 1-12; strengthen the conditions for experiential food literacy education; address Ontario’s annual investment in the Student Nutrition Program to accommodate rising food costs and greater demand; and work with the federal government on a national, universal healthy school food program.
We were pleased to be joined by candidates from Ontario’s Green, Liberal and NDP parties. All were enthusiastic about the topic and emphasized that school meals and food literacy are issues that cross party lines. The candidates spoke to the need for more education about food and healthy eating, and the necessity of teacher training and funding for infrastructure. They also spoke about the valuable school food and food literacy programs in their ridings.
In their party platform, the Greens have committed to “enhanced curriculum content on critical environmental topics such as food literacy and climate change” and to “implement a province-wide nutritious school lunch program.” The Liberals have committed to “providing a free Ontario-grown breakfast for every K-12 student who needs one by expanding the Student Nutrition Program.” The NDP platform makes commitments to invest in and support the broader school system, especially the environment.
As Victor Hugo once wrote, nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come. We believe the time has come for ideas about school food and food literacy. We are counting on all parties to act together for the health and well-being of our students, and for Ontarians to consider these important issues during the upcoming election.
Peggy O’Neil is an assistant professor of food, leadership and social change at Brescia University College. Alicia Martin is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Guelph.
Original blog post from Rosie Schwartz, RD
Where is food literacy headed for the students of Ontario?
We almost had it – legislation to teach critical life skills to Ontario students. Bill 216 – Food Literacy for Students Act, 2020 was to include the following:
“The Education Act is amended to provide that curriculum guidelines shall require that courses of study be developed in experiential food literacy education and healthy eating for every grade from grade 1 through grade 12.“
In order to obtain their high school diplomas, students needed to learn about all aspects of food – from health and nutrition and food preparation skills but also about sustainable food systems, food production, food security and food safety.
Bill 216 had unanimously passed second reading and, with its overwhelming support, seemed to be on its way to its final reading and Royal Assent. But then the premier prorogued the legislature in September 2021 which meant the bill had to be re-introduced and started again from scratch. A lot of work had already gone into developing a draft curriculum and as a result, was supposed to be re-introduced in February, 2022.
But since the legislation wasn’t about cars and highways and actually promotes saving farmland, our government just didn’t get around to it. In March of this year, they did, however, include some changes to the science curriculum in various grades and while it was a start, it came nowhere near what Bill 216 would have accomplished.
The Ontario Coalition for Healthy School Food, which involves national and provincial health, education, and indigenous organizations including the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) has been working tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of food and nutrition programs and food literacy education in Ontario schools.
In a press release, OHEA states,
“Connecting children and youth with healthy food, through school meals and education, has tremendous potential to improve the future of our province. Studies show that children and youth learn better when they are well-nourished and not hungry. Providing healthy and culturally appropriate food in school programs and teaching about growing, selecting, preparing, eating, and valuing food can play a critical role in promoting health and reducing chronic disease while strengthening Ontario’s economy and supporting the agri-food sector.”
Next week on June 2, the people of Ontario go to the polls. And we need our candidates to speak up and make a commitment to the youth of Ontario.
So what do the different political parties think about these issues?
Together with Sustain Ontario, another province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that has also been actively involved in promoting healthy food and farming, the Ontario Coalition for Healthy School Food and Brescia University College, they are providing an opportunity to find out at a virtual all-party event which will be live-streamed on Facebook. If you can’t watch it live, it will be available for viewing afterwards.
The event will take place on Thursday, May 26th at 12 noon – 1 p.m. ET. The party leaders have appointed the following candidates as representatives.
• Matt Richter, Green Party of Ontario, Parry Sound-Muskoka | 12 – 12:15 p.m.
• Amanda Pulker-Mok, Ontario Liberal Party, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston | 12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
• Terence Kernaghan, Ontario New Democratic Party, London North Centre | 12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
• TBD, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario | 12:45-1 p.m.
Candidates will answer the following four questions, provided to them in advance — If elected, what will you do to…
1. Advance food literacy as a mandatory part of the school curriculum for grades 1-12?
2. Strengthen the conditions for experiential food literacy education in Ontario schools?
3. Address Ontario’s annual investment in the Student Nutrition Program to accommodate rising food costs coupled with greater demand?
4. Work with the federal government on a national, universal healthy school food program?
In our last election, about 57% of eligible voters cast a ballot. Our youth deserve better this time around. Watch the event and if you haven’t already cast your ballot, #VoteONFood.
Where is food literacy headed for the students of Ontario? Read registered dietitian, Rosie Swartz's blog post here.
If elected, what will the parties do to support food literacy and healthy school food programs?
Sustain Ontario invites you to join a virtual all-party event on Thursday, May 26th from 12 noon to 1 p.m. ET to hear from the following candidates that party leaders have appointed as representatives:
Matt Richter, Green Party of Ontario, Parry Sound-Muskoka | 12 – 12:15 p.m.
Amanda Pulker-Mok, Ontario Liberal Party, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston | 12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Terence Kernaghan, Ontario New Democratic Party, London North Centre | 12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
TBD, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario | 12:45-1 p.m.
The event will be live-streamed on Facebook and available for viewing afterward. It will be moderated by Dr. Peggy O’Neil of Brescia University College.
Candidates will answer the following four questions, provided to them in advance — If elected, what will you do to…
To learn more about why we need healthy food and food literacy in Ontario schools, visit Sustain Ontario's 2022 #VoteONFood campaign here.
This event is hosted by Sustain Ontario, the Coalition for Healthy School Food and Brescia University College.
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.