It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Sheila Elizabeth Anne O’Sullivan on July 4, 2022, at the age of 79. Sheila will be forever cherished and missed by her daughters Andrea Winarski (Ken) and Laura Pollnow (Matt), her sister Maureen Downie, her beloved grandchildren Liam, Aidan and Ava Fowler and Sean and Evelyn Pollnow, her nephews Matt and Ryan Downie (Heather), her great nephews, Owen and Sullivan and our Aunt Linda Dallman. Sheila is predeceased by her brother-in-law Bruce Downie.
Sheila was born in Niagara Falls on Jan 9, 1943 to Gertrude O’Sullivan (née Carlise) and John O’Sullivan. She graduated with Honours from Mimico High School in 1962, and was awarded a scholarship from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1966 she graduated from The University of Toronto with a BSc. She earned a Masters Of Education from The University of Toronto in 1987.
Sheila was a life long learner and passionate teacher. She earned her Honours Specialist in Home Economics, Science and Special Education and completed the Principal’s Qualification Program. She taught at Leaside Secondary School and then East York Collegiate, as Head of Science, until her retirement in 2003.
Sheila was an avid speed reader and competitive duplicate bridge player. She loved cryptic crosswords, jigsaw and Mensa puzzles. She was certified by the RCM in Grade 10 piano.
Sheila will be remembered for her acute intelligence, her strength of character, her steadfast friendships, her pragmatic nature and her unwavering devotion to her grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Friday September 30 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Cedar Brae Golf Club, 55 Mac Frost Way, Scarborough, ON.
In lieu of flowers, donations to MSH would be appreciated by the family.
Welcome Jodine Romanuk
OHEA welcomes new student member Jodine Romanuk. Read about Jodine's biography below.
Born and raised in Kamloops, BC, Jodine loved playing sports which enabled her to attend university in the US to obtain an Associate’s degree in Accounting. Moving back to Canada, she immediately relocated to Calgary, AB and spent the next 12 years there working in different industries from food and beverage, golf and fitness, and corporate in oil and gas and human resources.
She met her husband in Calgary and started their young family in Alberta before moving to her husband’s hometown of London, ON in 2014. She has been a stay-at-home mom to her three children (9,8, and 6 years old) since the first was born.
While experiencing postpartum depression with her third baby, she attended a PPD group at a local social services center and loved what the two facilitators were doing to help moms experiencing mental health issues. This intrigued her enough to start looking for higher education programs that work with families and mental health. What she found was the Human Ecology program in Family Studies and Human Development at Brescia University and started taking courses whenever it fit into her family life. She loved the Parenting and Close Relationships courses as she was able to apply her new knowledge right away. What she eventually realized is that being a stay-at-home mom utilized all the skills that are found in the Home Economics/Human Ecology stream and how valuable they are to the family and society.
While still open to possibilities to what may come after completing her degree at the end of 2022, she is considering her second career options in the education, personal finance or mental health areas.
Welcome Abigail Scott
Welcome new Registered Member, Abigail Scott. You can read Abigail's assignment for the Self Study Professional Course here and her biography below.
Abigail is an alumna of both the University of Guelph and Fanshawe College, having completed the BASc - Applied Human Nutrition program and the Agri-Business Management program, respectively. She currently works as a Customer Service Coordinator, and is transitioning next month to a new job at a small business that prepares a variety of homemade meals. In her spare time, she loves to crochet, read, and collect cookbooks. The star cookbook of the collection is the 1952 Good Housekeeping complete suite of 20 mini cookbooks. She also loves to cook and bake, regularly experimenting with new recipes and techniques. She lives on a farm with her partner, their Australian Shepherd “Peaches”, and many cows.
In 2018, Cathy assisted June Matthews and presented a leadership workshop at Brescia College. Cathy says that passing the torch to future Home Economists defines who she is as a Home Economist.
During the Pandemic in 2020, OHEA went into partnership with Bell Media and participated in the Care for the Caregivers Campaign. Cathy volunteered to head up a committee for a Care for the Caregivers page on the OHEA website. Members were invited to contribute articles and Cathy edited the submissions.
In 2021 Cathy felt very strongly about updating the Online Professional Practice Course by modernizing the content, making it more interactive and creating less responsibility for the mentor. She set out to find a content specialist and an educational designer. She also relentlessly pursued the Canadian Home Economics Foundation to procure a grant to cover expenses for the course. Her dream is to unite the provincial associations with the Course as a focal point.
Recently, in 2021 Cathy worked with Brooke McLean, VP of Social Media to write a Communications Policy for OHEA.
in the food styling, recipe testing, and creation area. Since that time, she has been a member who has volunteered with OHEA, OHEIB, and THEA, considerably. She was highly involved also by participating in and helping organize many meetings. Camille Naranjit had the pleasure of working with her in the Kraft kitchens whereby she contributed by testing many recipes for OHEA's best-selling cookbook. The last time Camille saw her was at the Toronto Farm Tour in 2016.
At times she was THEA's and OHEA's unofficial photographer who took photos of events and then shared her photos with OHEA for the archives. Most importantly, she was an incredible person who encouraged, mentored, and helped many younger members get into the freelance home economics profession; in particular, food recipe testing, food demonstration, food styling, and recipe development. She was generous in sharing her contacts and time, always. Many OHEA members would agree that this founding member deserves this award for all of her involvement.
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.