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.
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.
On March 24, 2018 the Ontario Home Economics Association held their 39th annual conference at Brescia University College in London, Ontario. The theme this year was “Reinventing Home Economics.” The conference promised to provide a full day of professional development, networking and fun, it certainly delivered.
Co-Chair – Cindy Hartman, P.H.Ec.
Cindy graduated from Brescia University College as a mature student in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. She is employed as Healthcare Account Manager for Summit Food Service at their Head Office in London and oversees all Ontario Healthcare chain business for the company including hospitals, nursing and retirement homes. Working in food distribution has given Cindy the opportunity to work very closely with food manufacturers and suppliers and with several organizations (DOC, OSNM, CSNM, OLTCA, ORCA, and OANHSS) at industry events. Cindy joined both OHEA & LHEA in 2010 and became LHEA Co-Program Chair in 2012, planning events for the London Chapter members, including a tour of Summit Food Service for the members and Brescia students. She organized a tour of London’s Growing Food Industries for the IFHE Conference in July 2014 and enjoyed meeting the delegates. Cindy lives in London, enjoys cooking and taking cooking classes as well as decorating and sewing for her home. Cindy Hartman served as President and President-Elect for the last 4 years.
Pooja Mansukhani is the Registered Dietitian and Food Safety Officer in Food Services at the University of Toronto. She has been working as a Registered Dietitian in university and college foodservices for 3.5 years. Pooja earned her nutrition degree from Ryerson University where she currently teaches a Food Service Management course, and also holds a degree in Honours Applied Economics, Co-op from the University of Waterloo.
Pooja enjoys being active and teaches spin classes in her spare time. She sits on the board of the Ontario Home Economists Association and was formerly the Co-Chair of the Ontario Home Economists in Business. She volunteers with the Sport Nutrition Network of Dietitians of Canada and in various capacities with undergraduate and graduate Nutrition programs in Ontario. Pooja has her own private practice and is a consultant for a food startup company. She received a Member Recognition Award in the category of Innovation from Dietitians of Canada in 2016, and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Sport Nutrition through the International Olympic Committee.
Pooja has a passion for local food and sustainability and biked her way through her backyard of southern Ontario for ten days in 2014, visiting and working on farms as part of Otesha’s ‘Pedal to Plate’ bike tour. She enjoys cooking but is a minimalist in the kitchen and is always on the lookout for quick, easy, and nutritious recipes- her current breakfast go-to is a mix of coconut and almond milk, protein powder, chia seeds, nuts and fruits that she prepares the night before.
All the reasons why you should become a student member of OHEA, from OHEA’s Digital Marketing Coordinator, Tamara Saslove!
I am a graduate of the nutrition program at Ryerson, a Professional Home Economist, and Chef. During my time at Ryerson I was not exposed to the profession of Home Economics at all. Like a lot of first and second year students reading this, I was not aware that the profession was thriving and that you could register as a Professional Home Economist in Ontario. Not until the fourth and final year of my undergraduate degree did I learn about Home Ec and what it’s all about. I want to save you all the time I lost my first three years, and share with you my story and why I think YOU should become a student member, and how it can benefit you!
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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.