As graduation season is upon us, we wanted to inspire new graduates to pursue their Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec) designation. A few weeks ago we asked our members what the P.H.Ec designation meant to them. These are some of their responses:
Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, P.H.Ec.
I value both of my professional designations – Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec.) and Registered Dietitian (RD) – and proudly include them on my name badge, business cards, CV, and faculty webpage. I also display my certificates of registration in a prominent location in my office.
I introduce myself to every new class by explaining my credentials and how I achieved them. Sadly, students are not aware of the P.H.Ec. designation, but once they learn about the benefits and opportunities associated with membership in OHEA (which is a professional association and a regulatory body under the laws of Ontario), they are eager to pursue this credential.
By: Rachelle Provost, Student Member
Congratulations on completing your degree! You have put countless hours and effort into your education. Regardless if you are completing further education, entering into the work force or taking time for yourself before deciding your next steps, you’ve completed a significant milestone. Through my discussions with other students I found individuals are looking forward to pursuing their designation. However, many new graduates find themselves unaware of the process required to apply to become a Professional Home Economist (PHEc). In this post, I will list the steps you will need to complete to pursue the PHEC designation.
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.
OHEA is pleased to welcome two new PHEcs to OHEA! Daniela Jeffcutt & Emily Dobrich. Read more about them below!
Daniela Jeffcutt earned her nutrition degree from Ryerson University, and also holds a degree in Honours Human Biology - Specialization in Nutritional Science, from the University of Guelph. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Sport Nutrition Advisor, and Registered Natural Product Advisor. Daniela is also a member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM), which helps her keep up to date on nutrition and food service trends. Currently she is completing a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Daniela also has her own nutrition practice where she conducts one-on-one and group sessions, corporate lunch-and-learns, recipe development and menu planning. She has worked for many companies such as Alternatives Market, GNC, Alive magazine, Aramark, Compass, Rexall, Advantage Sales & Marketing/Crossmark, and Abbott. As the editor and contributing author of a nutrition eNewsletter, Daniela wrote many articles that were emailed to recipients across Canada. She was also a Test Cook for shopper events delivered across Canada at Walmart stores. Cooking and creating nutritious recipes in the kitchen is one of Daniela’s passions. Being a busy mom herself, she often focuses on coming up with strategies to make quick, easy meal and snack solutions.
Emily Dobrich is a certified fitness professional dedicated to empowering others to become the best version of themselves by improving their health and fitness so as to realize their true potential. Emily holds a concurrent degree of an Honors Specialization BSc Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a BA in Kinesiology, in addition to certifications from canfitpro as well as the American Council on Exercise. Emily has a love for learning, traveling, teaching and training. She is always eager for opportunities to share her passion for fitness and nutrition with the world.
OHEA continues to grow with new PHEcs with diverse interests and backgrounds, including our newest three, Rebecca Horne, Kate Rollings & Adrienne Kester (not pictured)
OHEA is pleased to welcome another five new PHEcs this fall! You can read about them below!
Tess is a registered dietitian who just finished her MSc in Food and Nutrition at Brescia University College (BUC). She has worked in various health care fields as dietitian including: long-term care, outpatient oncology, private practice, home care and most recently acute stroke care. She is currently an instructor at BUC for nutrition courses for first year undergraduates as well as third and fourth year nutrition students. She has a passion for how culture shapes our understanding of health and eating, as well as the importance of commensality as a foundation for health. She is very excited to be a part of the PHEc family!
We are proud to welcome four new PHEcs this month! Not pictured below is Alyssa Hillstrom, P.H.Ec.
Hello, my name is Taylor Page. I graduated from Brescia University College with a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition. After graduating I have taken courses including: Introduction to Tea, Quality Assurance, Managing Food Recalls, and Allergens. I am interested in using my nutrition knowledge and PHEc designation in a product development and regulatory affairs position. I love cooking and baking in my spare time, always trying new recipes. I am excited to be a PHEc and have the opportunity to learn more about the profession.
A warm welcome to four new PHEcs this summer! Congratulations on joining the OHEA community. We look forward to seeing where the diverse profession of Home Economics will take you!
Hello! My name is Maddie Stolee. I graduatued in 2016 from Brescia University College with a degree in Human Ecology. Next, with a vision to build a career around “all things food”, I completed my Chef Training certificate at The Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College. During my schooling, I worked summers and part time through the year at McCormick Canada (makers of Club House Spices and Seasonings). I first worked as a Product Development Technician, batching and testing new products, then later as an Assistant Culinary Technologist, assisting in the development and testing of recipes for new and existing products and to support McCormick’s website content, which is my current role. Over the years, I have certainly developed a real passion for food and a love for exploring new flavours and new ingredients. I’m looking forward to being a part of OHEA, as well as a lifetime immersed in the delicious world of food.
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.