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: 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.
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:
Submitted by Mary Carver, P.H.Ec.
Bravo to Ottawa Home Economists who held the annual Pant-a-Thon event at Algonquin College on September 4-7, 2018. 536 pairs of culinary uniform trousers were hemmed (over four days) resulting in a donation to the Algonquin College Food Cupboard of $4,275.00.
The Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) would like to congratulate the New Brunswick Home Economics Association on the 100th anniversary of their association. One hundred years as a professional association is a significant accomplishment and demonstrates your members' dedication to the profession of Home Economics, as well to their own personal and professional development.
The work of the Home Economists of New Brunswick over the last 100 years has lead to advocacy across many sectors - the result of which has been improved quality of life for individuals and families in their community and beyond. An important testament to the value of their work is also the fact that the number one suggestion received from New Brunswickers to make their province healthier was to have mandatory Home Economics classes! (1) This finding has contributed significantly to the growing conversations across several jurisdictions about this much-needed curriculum change.
The New Brunswick Home Economics Association also had a conference on June 1-3, 2018. Their theme was "Celebrate the Past, Embrace the Present, and Look to the Future." We hope this three day event was filled with knowledge, creating connections, and encouraging Professional Home Economists to further develop this profession.
Once again, we would like to congratulate the New Brunswick Home Economics Association on this monumental accomplishment.
New Brunswick Medical Society. (2017). Top 3 in 10: Taking back New Brunswick’s Health.
A copy of OHEA's cookbook 'Homegrown' sold for $200 on March 15th at a live charity auction held at the 91st annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show.
The sale raised $15,000 for CHEO's Neonatal Unit in one short hour.
Mary Carver, P.H.Ec. of the OHEA Board presents the buyer Mark Groen of Monsanto Canada with his copy of the book which celebrates foods that we grow, raise or produce in Canada.
Bravo to the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, all auction donors and buyers. Bravo to homegrown Canadian food and the farmers that produce it.
At a ceremony held Dec. 19, 2017 in Nepean, Ellie Topp, P.H.Ec. received a Canada 150 Medal along with 50 other deserving individuals including her husband Clarke and her most recent co-author Marilyn Booth, retried RD. “Each of us walked across the stage to receive the medal from our MP Chandra Arya while a short summary of our activities was read aloud” recounts Ellie modestly.
Medals were awarded in each riding to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to their immediate community. Ellie was nominated for her outstanding dedication on the NROCRC Board and for her devoted work as a Professional Home Economist.
Another great initiative by the keen group of Ottawa HEA members to help those in need. The ladies made 219 hats in less than 4 hours! This year, the children’s hats will go to the Snowsuit Fund, and all the adult hats will go to Centre 507, an adult drop-in centre at Centretown United Church.
The crew: Betty Young, Sue Thorne, Lorna Boyko, Ellie Topp, Judy Leeson, Gail Nevraumont, Carol Badenoch, Linda Robbins, Ellen Boynton, Linda Reasbeck, Mary Johnston, Maxine Robertson, Kim Zidychouski, Anne-Marie Ellis, Audrey Schreyer, and Liz Pearson.
Fall 2017 Pant-A-Thon - Putting The Skills & Talents of Ottawa Home Ec Association Members to Great Use!
September is the time of year when the skills and talents of many Ottawa Home Economics Association members’ are put to great use volunteering for the students at Algonquin College. Tuesday, September 5 (Orientation Day) marked the start of the Fall 2017 intake of new Algonquin College Culinary and Baking Students, and the 5th Pant-a-Thon held at the school.
OHEA & Ottawa HEA members who contributed to make this event a success include: Linda Robbins, Lynn Stewart, Mary Johnston, Ellen Boynton, Ellie Topp, Linda Reasbeck, Anne-Marie Ellis, Cathy Enright, Betty Young, Audrey Schryer, and Gisele Aucoin (former member).
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.