By: Diane O'Shea, P.H.Ec.
Food Literacy matters because “everyday food practices matter”. These were the words of Dr. Gwen Chapman, an opening speaker at the 2018 Nutrition Resource Centre Forum: Unpacking Food Literacy. The forum was held on November 15 at the Chestnut Convention Centre in Toronto.
By: Fanjing (Lydia) Lu, Student Member
Fanjing (Lydia) Lu gives a reflection of the OHEA leadership workshop on November 17, 2018 held at Brescia University College in London, Ontario.
Why is this workshop is great for students?
The leadership workshop, Career Leadership by Influencing the Community, hosted by the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) provided students the opportunity to learn more about themselves, upgrade our career profiles, get to know our interviewer better, and connect with professionals in our field.
By: Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, P.H.Ec., OHEA President
Many professional associations are desperately looking for members to serve on their Boards. The Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) is no exception. Every year, it is a challenge to fill Executive and Board positions.
To address this situation, Cathy Enright, P.H.Ec., and Dr. June Matthews, RD, P.H.Ec., submitted a grant application to the Canadian Home Economics Foundation (CHEF) to host a workshop on board governance. The $1000 Doris Badir Leadership Award they received was used to support a Leadership Workshop at Brescia University College on November 17, 2018.
Cathy Enright, P.H.Ec. and Fellow in Board Governance from the Canadian Board Diversity Council, provided dozens of practical suggestions for best practices when choosing a Board. She explained the discipline and structure of Board governance, and helped participants develop a Board-friendly resume and interview ‘pitch’. She supported her valuable advice through fascinating real-life case studies.
Cailin Whincop, P.H.Ec., Stewardship Coordinator for Girls Inc. of Durham, highlighted how Home Economics is embedded in the mission of many non-profit organizations. She described the advantages and challenges of working in this sector, reminding participants that they will gain more skills by working through challenges! She also guided participants through a personal ‘thinking style’ test.
Ken Whitehurst, Executive Director of the Consumers Council of Canada, discussed how Home Economists helped create the consumer movement in Canada. He described the many ways in which the Council has been successful in advocating for consumers. Despite little funding, these volunteers work tirelessly on behalf of consumers. Unfortunately, the public takes for granted that this consumer protection “just happens”. Some current areas of concern include high-interest lending, e-commerce practices, and energy efficiency in the home.
Stacy Oleksy, P.H.Ec., Director of Education and Community Awareness at the Credit Counselling Society, delivered a powerful talk on leadership. Her light-hearted and practical tips for success were well-received by the audience. The interactive nature of her presentation allowed participants to gain a deeper understanding of how to overcome challenging situations in their personal and professional lives.
Dharshi Lacey, Director of Diversity & Governance at Pillar Non-profit Network, outlined the many ways in which this innovative organization provides support to hundreds of non-profits, social enterprises, and social innovators in the community.
Lacey directed participants to Pillar's website for information on events, volunteer positions, and job opportunities. Dharshi also provided a valuable tip on a local program that matches students to a non-profit board, where they can serve as a non-voting member and learn more about non-profit governance.
Many people are not aware of the benefits and responsibilities associated with Board governance, the ways in which they can influence professional associations/ non-profit organizations, or even the process of being appointed to a Board. OHEA’s Leadership Workshop addressed this gap!
OHEA acknowledges, with gratitude, the Canadian Home Economics Foundation and Brescia University College for their support.
By: Mary Carver, P.H.Ec.
‘For 10 Days Agriculture Comes to the City.’ What an appropriate annual tag-line used by The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF).
Since 1922, Agriculture has brought international attention to Toronto in November, as farmers, producers, commodity groups, and homesteaders arrive, to exhibit their very best agricultural products and livestock.
Competition is steep, but food education is a primary focus at RAWF. Many features meld seamlessly into Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum.
This year, Royal planners invited Professional Home Economists, Registered Dietitians, Food Educators, Researchers, Farmers, Authors and Consumers to discuss food perspectives on Nov. 7th. The invigorating event was promoted as The Royal Food & Nutrition Forum and held on-site.
Please find five out of seven New P.H.Ec bios listed below. Other new P.H.Ec.'s include: Christina Xina Lamothe, P.H.Ec.
Hi all! My name is Adrienne and I am excited to finally become a PHEc! I am a recent graduate of the Food and Nutrition Program at Ryerson University where I took a strong interest in health promotion, community engagement, and sustainability. In my communities, I am often involved in facilitating health related programs for populations throughout the lifecycle, presenting food demonstrations, and volunteering in food banks. My experiences and education have shaped my interests in promoting food literacy, food security, and health through community development. During the past two years as a member of the Toronto Home Economics Association, I have learned that Professional Home Economists play a pivotal role in promoting these elements of wellbeing. I am thrilled to be welcomed into the OHEA and I look forward to expanding my horizons within the association by meeting many of you and learning from your knowledge and expertise as PHEcs!
Farm & Food Care Ontario is a non-profit coalition representing Ontario farmers and associated businesses. For several years, Farm & Food Care has offered opportunities to Ottawa food influencers, authors, chefs and local foodies to learn about local agriculture via excellent farm tours.
Several Ottawa HEA members were aboard the bus again, this year. Sharing local ag-education is the goal. Annie Woo, P.H.Ec. reports on the Farm & Food Care Media Tour - Oct. 11, 2018
By: Kelly-Anne Kerrigan, student member
OHEA is pleased to announce Cailin Whincop and June Matthews as the final two speakers for our leadership workshop. Titled "Career Leadership While Influencing the Community," is your chance to take your career in a new direction!
Read below to find out more about these speakers.