Test Kitchens may be a thing of the past, but friendships made among Home Economists who worked in them have lasted for decades. Home Economists now are more informed and look to sustainability, farming, vulnerabilities and opportunities galore. The Home Economists like me, who worked in the Best Foods test kitchen, were about product promotion. That is not a bad thing and I can still make anything with a jar of Hellman's mayonnaise.
My first test kitchen friend, Jane Carman, worked for Standard Brands in Montreal, and now Margaret Macdonald, whom I met just three years ago, worked for Manitoba Hydro. Strong women, women of science. We understand the losses we are facing in Home Economics. Let me plug in for our new Professional Practice Course soon to be launched. You ought to follow it; Sue McGregor, who wrote about the Home Ec ring, also read it — who knew? And the link here to Betty Crocker — my friend Ellie Topp told me she had a job offer there.
The Private Member’s Bill 216 was introduced by Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings, Lennox & Addington in October 2020.
Bill 216 passed the first two readings easily and was awaiting its final reading when the September 2021 Federal election was called. All incomplete Bills were postponed when the Ontario government was prorogued for the Federal election. Covid and Mr. Kramp’s personal illness may have added to the delay of Bill 216.
To prorogue is “to: discontinue a session of (a parliament or other legislative assembly) without dissolving it.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary
We are told that the Bill is expected to be re-introduced to the Legislature in the Spring of 2022 and, as is the custom, will likely be given a new number. Mr. Kramp’s goal is to get Bill 216 though the legislature by April, 2022.
In a January 2022 update, Mr. Kramp states, “Bill 216 will create a larger role in the curriculum for Ontario students to learn tips about healthy eating, cooking and purchasing habits. Stake holders and organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Diabetes Association are firmly backing this idea.” https://inquinte.ca/story/look-ahead-hla-mpp-daryl-kramp
To date, OHEA has written three letters in support for Bill 216:
Curriculum content and who will be teaching food skills and nutrition are concerns for OHEA. The OHEA Board advocates for fully qualified teachers certified as Family Studies Educators to ensure consistent, accurate nutrition information.
When and if more letters to MPP’s are requested, OHEA will contact its members to help support the Bill. Waiting for correct timing and a newly assigned Bill number should better help to direct your letters in the right direction.
Thank you to OHEA members for their continued interest and support.
Mary Carver, P.HEc.
Hi, my name is Jessica and I am excited for the opportunity to represent OHEA as VP Social Media because it gives the chance to meet new people and learn new skills.
Here is a bit of background about me: I graduated from Brescia University College in 2018 with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am currently completing my dietetic internship through the Northern Ontario Internship Program. My goal is to become a registered dietitian working in pediatrics.
I am excited to be a part of this organization as I believe the skills represented in this profession are essential and I hope I can make a meaningful contribution!
The 2018-2019 President's award was presented by Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, P.H.Ec., to Rachelle Provost, P.H.Ec. on March 23, 2019. Congratulations Rachelle! We are P.H.Ec. proud of you.
The following speech was read by June at the annual OHEA conference.
The recipient of this award is chosen by the President to recognize the outstanding volunteer contributions of an individual member in the preceding year.
The member receiving the award for 2018-19 has definitely made an outstanding contribution to OHEA! She has volunteered hundreds of hours over the past year to make sure we are a relevant professional association in the 21st century. She is a shining example of the skills and talents that young Professional Home Economists bring to our association.
The 2018-2019 Founder's award was presented by Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, P.H.Ec., to Maria Depenweiller, P.H.Ec. on March 23, 2019. Congratulations Maria! We are P.H.Ec. proud of you.
The following speech was read by June at the annual OHEA conference.
The Founder’s Award is given to a Professional Home Economist who has made sustained and outstanding contributions to the profession in the broader communities in which he/she practices.
This is certainly the case for this year’s recipient! A young Professional Home Economist, she, too, has dedicated hundreds of hours to OHEA, and previously to her local Home Economics branch. This is a significant accomplishment given that she has many other personal and professional commitments.
Being a Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec.) has had a positive impact on my life, personally and professionally. My memberships in local, provincial, and international home economics associations gave me opportunities to meet new friends, research colleagues, and Home Economists from a variety of disciplines. These individuals are passionate about the ability of our profession to improve the lives of individuals and families, locally and globally. I also take whatever chance I get to explain what P.H.Ec. means, particularly to people who are unaware that Home Economists still exist!
I graduated from Brescia in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. I worked for Quaker Oats off and on for about 28 years in total. At Quaker I was in Consumer Services for nine months, then moved to research and development for the remaining time. I also freelanced for a few years under the name Cranberry Kitchens. I retired from Quaker in 2011 and started as Administrator/Registrar with the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) in 2013.
Brief Background about Marnie Webb
I graduated from the Univeristy of Guelph's Applied Human Nutrition program and have worked for Ontario Pork, the Food Biotechnology Communications Network, the University of Guelph's Food Safety Network, and now at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in Guelph.
Not a day goes by that I do not use my Home Economics training, skills or experience. As a wife, mother, Nana, former teacher, public relations and food literacy coordinator, community and church leader, and member of the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) board - Home Economics is my life!
Graduating with a Diploma in Home Economics from Kemptville College was my good fortune when tuition for university was out-of-reach for my farm family.
Want to meet some of the amazing Professional Home Economists featured in the Through the Years Series?
Make sure to register for OHEA annual conference. This year the conference is being held at Brescia University College on March 23, 2019. For more information, visit the OHEA Conference website.
About Maria Depenweiller, P.H.Ec.
I am a Ryerson University graduate from Foods and Nutrition program. After graduation, I have worked for several companies in food and nutraceutical industries before starting my own business.
I became an Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) member in my final years of studies, attracted by the OHEA Newslink pamphlets that were always present in our faculty office.
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.