On March 23, 2019 I had the pleasure of attending my first Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) conference at Brescia University College. I was excited to have the opportunity to meet current and future Professional Home Economists (P.H.Ec.) and explore the possibilities of this field.
The theme for this year’s conference was “40 Years of OHEA: Past, Present & Future”. The theme was well represented as many speakers talked about how OHEA has evolved over time. I was motivated to see how I can help OHEA develop over the next 40 years.
By: Cathy Enright, P.H.Ec.
Happy 40ieth Anniversary Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA)
Passing the torch onto new and future Home Economists defines who I am as a Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec.).
It has been a privilege to live up to the ring pledge.
The most important life changing skill I mastered at my first job when working for a large food company, was how to relate to our customers through relationship building and complaint handling. First, as a Home Economist and then Director of Consumer Services, I also developed technical skills in recipes, food styling, publishing and media relations.
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!
In 1989, the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) was granted registration status by the Ontario Legislature. The Act granted voting members of the Association the right to use the designation “Professional Home Economist” or P.H.Ec. for short.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology with a specialization in family studies. I graduated from Brescia University College in 2016. I’ve been a member of the London Home Economics Association (LHEA) since 2015. With LHEA, I have been the program coordinator for events and the co-chair for the past two years.
Last year, I held a booth at the OHEA conference for my business, Ra Ferments. I started the business in November 2017. It’s a lot of work to start your own business, and it is not encouraging until you are finally able to see results. Making sales and having happy repeat customers is extremely encouraging and I’m very fortunate to have had some great customer exposure through OHEA and LHEA.
By: Mary Carver, P.H.Ec.
The Disability Tax Credit, known as the DTC, is a non-refundable credit that may reduce the total income tax payable for the person with the disability, and/or may be transferred to a spouse or another supporting person, if he/she qualifies and has no taxable income.
Ms. Lamothe outlined the tax measures for persons with disabilities, the criteria for the DTC and how to apply.
Due to the length, this interview has been significantly shortened for readability. OHEA highly recommends members listen to the audio file which goes in-depth with Peggy O’Neil. The audio file can be found at the bottom of this interview.
Who are you?
My name is Peggy O’Neil, and I am a Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec.), Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) member, and International Home Economics Association (IFHE) member. I have a doctorate in education and am currently a professor.
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.
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.