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.
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.
Rachelle graduated with a Bachelor of Science with an Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics in June 2018 from Brescia University College. Currently, she is completing a Diploma in Public Relations from Western University at Western Continuing Studies. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she was involved in multiple student leader positions. In March 2018, at the OHEA Annual General Meeting Rachelle was elected to the Board of Directors as the Vice President Communications.
OHEA is pleased to announce Stacey Oleksy and Cathy Enright as two of six speakers for our leadership workshop. Titled "Career Leadership While Influencing the Community," this event is your chance to take your career in a completely new direction!
Read below to find out more about these speakers.
OHEA is pleased to announce Ken Whitehurst as one of six speakers for our leadership workshop. Titled "Career Leadership While Influencing the Community," this event is your chance to take your career in a completely new direction!
OHEA is pleased to announce Dharshi Lacey as one of six speakers for our leadership workshop. Titled "Career Leadership While Influencing the Community," this event is your chance to take your career in a completely new direction!
Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) is hosting a leadership workshop on Saturday, November 17, 2018, and you will not want to this miss event. Titled “Career Leadership while Influencing the Community,” this is your chance to take your career in a completely new direction!
Here’s why you should attend:
The Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) is pleased to announce a leadership workshop being held in November 2018. The objective of this workshop is to increase awareness, through leadership, of the nonprofit sector to boost a resume, influence a community and network with Home Economists.
What: Career Leadership while Influencing the Community – a Workshop
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8:30 am to 3 pm
Where: Brescia University College, London, Ontario
Cost: Students $5
OHEA members and guests $20
Payment: Cheque or credit
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!
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.
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.