Cailin holds a human ecology degree in nutrition, family studies, and psychology from Brescia University College. She is passionate about building healthy communities and an equitable society. With a post-degree diploma in Not-for-Profit Management, she believes in the strength of the nonprofit sector and building cross-sector relationships for positive social change. Cailin is currently the Stewardship Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Durham. She provides fund development and administrative support in delivering research-based programming to address the unique challenges girls face and help them reach their full potential. In her spare time, Cailin loves to get creative in the kitchen!
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
Along with my Human Ecology degree, I have a Post-Degree Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management. On a lighter note, I am a big ice cream fan - Blueberry Cheesecake by Kawartha Dairy is my favourite!
What led you to OHEA and to become a PHEc?
During my time at Brescia University College I was a member of the Student Human Ecology Association (SHEA). I have had an interest in Home Ec since highschool and I knew joining SHEA would be a great opportunity to learn more about the profession and meet other students. After meeting PHEcs at networking events and learning about the opportunities the designation had provided them, I was enthusiastic to follow in their footsteps.
How long have you been on the OHEA exec and what is the most rewarding part of being on the OHEA Executive Committee?
I have been on the OHEA Executive since January 2017. The most rewarding part of being on the executive is working with fellow PHEcs to advocate for policy changes and having a unified platform. There is so much passion and talent in this profession and it is a privilege to learn about the work of professionals and organizations across the province.
How does your work with a non-profit tie into Home Ec, if at all?
My work at Girls Inc. of Durham is fundamentally supported by the core values of Home Ec. Many nonprofits are positioned to help individuals and families live enriched lives - at Girls Inc., we deliver research-based programming to empower girls in Durham Region to help them reach their fullest potential and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
Where do you see the profession going in the next 5-10 years?
The profession is constantly evolving and adapting as challenges within the home and society become more complex. I see PHEcs branching out into new roles and taking innovative approaches to addressing these challenges.
What advice do you have for new, or aspiring PHEcs?
Take advantage of the benefits you receive from being a part of this community. Take the time to meet other PHEcs, learn about their career paths, and support each other. The diversity of the facets within the profession alone provide a great opportunity to grow as a professional and build your career.
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