By: Jennifer Dyck, PHEc, of Canola Eat Well
Originally posted HERE.
Some of the best conversations happen around the table. There’s something truly special about sharing food together and slowing down to enjoy one another’s company. Brunch is the perfect excuse to get together over food and weekends are simply made for slowing down. Therefore, brunching and weekends are the perfect combo!
Brunch menus seem to vary greatly, so this month, we’ve been asking our #CanolaConnect community:
At our AGM on March 23rd 2018 at Brescia University College, Michele McAdoo
pounded the gavel one last time. It marked her last day as Chair of the OHEA Board and an eleven year span of serving on the OHEA Executive and Board.
In Michele's honour, we asked OHEA members to send us messages about Michele, along with photos that we have put together in a booklet. Cindy Hartman gave Michele the book in April, and we are happy to share it with you all today!
To view the booklet please click here!
At OHEA's 39th annual conference this past March, all conference attendees went home with a copy of OHEA's cookbook Homegrown! We would love to see what you have cooked from the book so far and share your photos on the blog, along with anything else that you would like to share about the cookbook or the recipes.
Please send photos and/or comments to Tamara at email@example.com anytime from now until the end of May, to be featured on the blog and on our social media channels.
By: Shelby Weaver, Student
Recycling is not a new idea – in fact, Canadians are getting better at it, recycling 255 kilograms of garbage per person that would have ended up in landfills (1). However, there is some misunderstanding about what exactly is recyclable. In 2017, 52,000 tonnes of waste were mistakenly recycled (2). A major contributor to this confusion are disposable paper cups.
By: Erin MacGregor, P.H.Ec of howtoeat.ca
March 20th marked the beginning of spring, but warm weather has just begun to push through. Nevertheless, this Asian Orzo and Tofu Salad is perfect for the upcoming barbecue season!
“Family work” has been broadly defined as a type of “social reproductive labour” (1) involving routine activities that maintain the health and well-being of family members, including housework, emotion work, and child care.
As such, to round out my blog posts so far on housework and emotion work and to complete the “family work triad,” the following is a study I began during my undergraduate degree that focused on mothers’ experiences with navigating child care in Alberta, Canada.
– Rebecca Horne, P.H.Ec.
Canada does not have a national child care policy. As a result, the child care systems in the majority of Canadian provinces are characterized by a lack of regulated, affordable, and accessible spaces (2). For example, there is a shortfall of over 154,000 child care spaces in Alberta (3), and group child care centers cost between $800-900 per month (4), the third highest across all Canadian provinces. This leaves some mothers using up to 36% of their annual incomes to pay for child care fees (5)!
Given that mothers continue to be primarily responsible for the care of children (6), such limited options may prompt them to make sacrifices—or give up their own desires and interests—to mitigate child care constraints. Yet, there is limited research on these types of sacrifices and even less from the perspectives of mothers themselves.
Let’s hear from the mothers themselves!
To better understand mothers’ lived realities within the Canadian child care context, Dr. Rhonda Breitkreuz and I asked the question: What messages of sacrifice are embedded in Canadian mothers’ stories about their experiences with navigating childcare? (7)
Dr. Breitkreuz and her research team conducted thirteen focus groups in five locations across Alberta, Canada with 95 mothers who were using or looking for child care for their young children. They asked questions in the focus groups about how mothers integrated paid work and child care, the kinds of care arrangements they made, and the facilitators and barriers to accessing and maintaining child care.
Erin MacGregor is a Professional Home Economist and Dietitian who combines her credentials to chase the work she loves.
As a dietitian, she works in a clinical setting at an acute care teaching hospital. She combines her RD and PHEc credentials as the co-owner of How to Eat, a food and nutrition communications business that aims to help families cook more at home and raise a generation of happy, healthy eaters.
Through her work in media as a blogger and as an ambassador for the Canola Eat Well for Life team, Erin has become an advocate for honest and transparent communication about our food system. She hopes to take the fear out of food and inspire Canadians to have a healthful and happy relationship with it.
Erin has been an OHEA member and 2-time volunteer on the Board of Directors, since 2007. In 2017 she joined the OHEA mentorship program to help foster a new generation of PHEcs.
Erin lives and eats in Toronto with her husband, 2 year old daughter and 9 year old fur baby.
OHEA is pleased to welcome another three PHEcs to OHEA this month! Courtney Kramer, P.H.Ec., Lynn Weaver, RD., P.H.Ec., & Kayla MacDougall, P.H.Ec.
Courtney Kramer is a recent graduate of Western University where she studied Nutrition and Families (BA, Human Ecology). She is passionate about helping families thrive through food skills. In her free time, Courtney enjoys cooking and writing. She is also a new mom to five month old Lyla. While on maternity leave she looks forward to meeting other OHEA members and getting more involved with OHEA.
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.