The OHEA Board of Directors would like to offer congratulations to the following members who were awarded the following 2023 awards:
OHEA Volunteer Award Certificates of Merit
OHEA President's Distinguished Service Award
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.
It is time for seeking nominations for the AGM OHEA awards, again!
Consider nominating a peer P.H.Ec. (Registered, New Graduate or Retired Member) for the OHEA Founder's Award who has contributed meaningful, and exemplary volunteer service to the Ontario Home Economics Association, the workplace, and the community-at-large for a number of years.
To nominate, please email email@example.com with a description of 100 words or less with the following information:
1. Name of the nominee
2. Why the nominee is worthy of the award.
Submission deadline: April 15, 2022.
The Board of Directors will review all nominations and decide on an awardee which will be announced at the May/June 2022 AGM. The winner will receive a plaque in the mail and will be recognized in the OHEA communications.
Canadian cookbook author and TV host Margaret Dickenson dominates the Entertaining category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris
Paris, France, December 13, 2021 – At the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards held last week in Paris, France, world-renowned Ottawa cookbook author and TV host Margaret Dickenson, P.H.Ec was honoured with two prestigious awards in the Entertaining category.
From the Ambassador’s Table: Blueprints for Creative Entertaining was recognized in the Best of the Best – 25 Years category, and Margaret’s Table: Easy Cooking & Inspiring Entertaining won in the Best Entertaining Book category.
Home entertaining is more popular than ever, and the trend is very likely to continue. Margaret Dickenson’s books are the gold reference in personal entertaining for experienced and novice cooks. Margaret’s Table features 30 menus including themed ideas, 150 unique personally created recipes, brilliant, inspiring and accessible food styling and presentation ideas, over 70 mesmerizing photos, tips, and tricks (make ahead, shortcuts, alternate ingredients and techniques) as well as easy strategies and steps on how to make it all come together.
From Chinese spoons and innovative presentation and serving ideas to drizzles and edible flowers, the pages of the books will inspire you to look in your pantry, in your fridge and around your home to find the extra touch of pizazz that will make your dishes particularly special for your guests.
available to order on Amazon and Amazon Canada.
“There is a quote by Maya Angelou that I am especially fond of: ‘People may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.’ When it comes to entertaining, her words ring very true. I always want to wow my guests and leave them enchanted, so they remember their time at my table long after the event.”
the last 25 years. This year's competition attracted 15,000 books from 225 countries and regions. The awards ceremony is an opportunity to meet the who’s who in the world of food and wine.
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The 2018-2019 President's award was presented by Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, P.H.Ec., to Rachelle Provost, P.H.Ec. on March 23, 2019. Congratulations Rachelle! We are P.H.Ec. proud of you.
The following speech was read by June at the annual OHEA conference.
The recipient of this award is chosen by the President to recognize the outstanding volunteer contributions of an individual member in the preceding year.
The member receiving the award for 2018-19 has definitely made an outstanding contribution to OHEA! She has volunteered hundreds of hours over the past year to make sure we are a relevant professional association in the 21st century. She is a shining example of the skills and talents that young Professional Home Economists bring to our association.
The 2018-2019 Founder's award was presented by Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, P.H.Ec., to Maria Depenweiller, P.H.Ec. on March 23, 2019. Congratulations Maria! We are P.H.Ec. proud of you.
The following speech was read by June at the annual OHEA conference.
The Founder’s Award is given to a Professional Home Economist who has made sustained and outstanding contributions to the profession in the broader communities in which he/she practices.
This is certainly the case for this year’s recipient! A young Professional Home Economist, she, too, has dedicated hundreds of hours to OHEA, and previously to her local Home Economics branch. This is a significant accomplishment given that she has many other personal and professional commitments.
OHEA would like to recognize and congratulate three outstanding Professional Home Economists (P.H.Ec).
The image shown is featured in the current issue (September 2018) of Brescia University College's Alumnae Magazine, BOLD. It shows three Professional Home Economists who received outstanding recognition from Brescia University College this year:
OHEA is thrilled to congratulate OHEA member Erin MacGregor and her business partner, Dara Gurau, as they have been placed on the shortlist for Taste Canada Awards. In its 21st year, Taste Canada Awards has announced a shortlist of cookbooks and food blogs competing for a culinary writing award. 91 cookbooks and 50 food blogs are entered in the competition!
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.