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.
OHEA is pleased to introduce Cindy Christensen, Provisional Member to the Association. Welcome, Cindy!
Over the past decade, she has worked for various start-ups, non-profits, and governmental organizations throughout North America and Europe. She is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equality in terms of technology implementation. Recently she founded the Institute for Innovation, Culture, and Technology, a social enterprise based in Ottawa which aims to empower marginalized individuals with the technical knowledge and tools to succeed in an evolving digital economy. Her research aims to increase awareness of various barriers faced by marginalized groups and seek ways to improve their user experience through accessible technology interventions and inclusive policy strategies. She is interested in becoming a home economist and she is currently working towards her P.H.E.c designation with the Ohio Education Association.
OHEA is pleased to welcome new PHEcs this fall! Read about each new PHEc below.
old, I organized my first food drive, “Fill the [Hockey] Net for the Food Bank”, and in high school created “Food Fight”, a week-long food drive competition between six local high schools in the Quinte Region for which I was awarded an RBC Make 150 Count grant.
I come from a small town in South-Eastern Ontario with a population of only 3000 people! Growing up with few community activities (or malls) piqued my interest in nutrition, cooking, and going to the gym. Little did I know, these interests would lead me to become a Home Economist and turn my passion to a profession.
Health and wellness have always been areas that I love to learn and practice. During my second year of university, my professor Dr. Matthews introduced to me the meaning of home economics. I learned that the principles include so many things found in our everyday life, from nutrition and wellness to financials and education. I was surprised to learn the field is not just what I pictured as my high school home-ec course!
I am excited to be a part of OHEA and look forward to the coming year!
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
back to her hometown in 2012 to stay close to her family and enjoy the BC landscape. Currently, she works in a senior role for a world class research institute in downtown Vancouver.
Saira has always been passionate about healthy eating and proper nutrition for a good, quality life. She was able to overcome her own weight struggles during university as an undergrad student and sustained her weight loss for decades. As she wants to follow her passion to help others who are facing similar weight struggles and foster a good relationship with food, Saira is in the process of starting her online nutrition business practice - expected to launch in early January 2023.
By: Shannon Crocker, RD, P.H.Ec.
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Cindy Hartman, P.H.Ec., continually gives back to students and her alma mater through mentoring. She has mentored multiple students over the years and was recognized by Brescia University College in their Brescia BOLD Winter 2019 magazine.
A graduate of Brescia's Class of 1996, Cindy Hartman is profiled in the latest issue of Brescia BOLD on page 11. Congratulations Cindy!
OHEA is pleased to welcome another four PHEcs to OHEA this summer! Read about each new PHEc below.
Hi I’m Emily McDonald. I recently graduated from Brescia University College, where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts (Human Ecology) with honour specialization in Nutrition and Families. I have always been passionate about wellness and living a smart, nutritious lifestyle. I absolutely loved incorporating this into my university studies and I am very excited to pursue a career in this area, especially now as a PHEc.
As graduation season is upon us, we wanted to inspire new graduates to pursue their Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec) designation. A few weeks ago we asked our members what the P.H.Ec designation meant to them. These are some of their responses:
Dr. June Matthews, PhD, RD, P.H.Ec.
I value both of my professional designations – Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec.) and Registered Dietitian (RD) – and proudly include them on my name badge, business cards, CV, and faculty webpage. I also display my certificates of registration in a prominent location in my office.
I introduce myself to every new class by explaining my credentials and how I achieved them. Sadly, students are not aware of the P.H.Ec. designation, but once they learn about the benefits and opportunities associated with membership in OHEA (which is a professional association and a regulatory body under the laws of Ontario), they are eager to pursue this credential.
By: Rachelle Provost, Student Member
Congratulations on completing your degree! You have put countless hours and effort into your education. Regardless if you are completing further education, entering into the work force or taking time for yourself before deciding your next steps, you’ve completed a significant milestone. Through my discussions with other students I found individuals are looking forward to pursuing their designation. However, many new graduates find themselves unaware of the process required to apply to become a Professional Home Economist (PHEc). In this post, I will list the steps you will need to complete to pursue the PHEC designation.
OHEA is pleased to welcome another three PHEcs to OHEA this month! Courtney Kramer, P.H.Ec., Lynn Weaver, RD., P.H.Ec., & Kayla MacDougall, P.H.Ec.
Courtney Kramer is a recent graduate of Western University where she studied Nutrition and Families (BA, Human Ecology). She is passionate about helping families thrive through food skills. In her free time, Courtney enjoys cooking and writing. She is also a new mom to five month old Lyla. While on maternity leave she looks forward to meeting other OHEA members and getting more involved with OHEA.
OHEA is pleased to welcome two new PHEcs to OHEA! Daniela Jeffcutt & Emily Dobrich. Read more about them below!
Daniela Jeffcutt earned her nutrition degree from Ryerson University, and also holds a degree in Honours Human Biology - Specialization in Nutritional Science, from the University of Guelph. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Sport Nutrition Advisor, and Registered Natural Product Advisor. Daniela is also a member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM), which helps her keep up to date on nutrition and food service trends. Currently she is completing a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Daniela also has her own nutrition practice where she conducts one-on-one and group sessions, corporate lunch-and-learns, recipe development and menu planning. She has worked for many companies such as Alternatives Market, GNC, Alive magazine, Aramark, Compass, Rexall, Advantage Sales & Marketing/Crossmark, and Abbott. As the editor and contributing author of a nutrition eNewsletter, Daniela wrote many articles that were emailed to recipients across Canada. She was also a Test Cook for shopper events delivered across Canada at Walmart stores. Cooking and creating nutritious recipes in the kitchen is one of Daniela’s passions. Being a busy mom herself, she often focuses on coming up with strategies to make quick, easy meal and snack solutions.
Emily Dobrich is a certified fitness professional dedicated to empowering others to become the best version of themselves by improving their health and fitness so as to realize their true potential. Emily holds a concurrent degree of an Honors Specialization BSc Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a BA in Kinesiology, in addition to certifications from canfitpro as well as the American Council on Exercise. Emily has a love for learning, traveling, teaching and training. She is always eager for opportunities to share her passion for fitness and nutrition with the world.
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.