You are invited to the annual Food and Nutrition Forum held at the 2018 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
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
By: Natasha Roy, Student Member
For seventeen to eighteen years of our life, we are living with our families where the cooking, cleaning and laundry is done by most parents. Sometimes we have one or two chores that our parents give us to complete. Fast forward to university where students are suddenly responsible for EVERYTHING. This means they are responsible for cooking, cleaning and doing laundry all while balancing school work, extracurricular activities and social lives. I’m not going to sugar-coat it. Adjusting to living away from home and balancing these responsibilities can be a hard transition and is one of the reasons why many students consume processed foods or eat fast food. These foods are convenient and budget-friendly. However, what majority of students do not realize is that there are meals or snacks that can be made quickly and are good for you. Today, I’m going to share a fruit, yogurt and granola parfait recipe that is super easy to make and that can be consumed on the go.
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.
By: Shelby Weaver, Student
Recycling is not a new idea – in fact, Canadians are getting better at it, recycling 255 kilograms of garbage per person that would have ended up in landfills (1). However, there is some misunderstanding about what exactly is recyclable. In 2017, 52,000 tonnes of waste were mistakenly recycled (2). A major contributor to this confusion are disposable paper cups.
Erin MacGregor is a Professional Home Economist and Dietitian who combines her credentials to chase the work she loves.
As a dietitian, she works in a clinical setting at an acute care teaching hospital. She combines her RD and PHEc credentials as the co-owner of How to Eat, a food and nutrition communications business that aims to help families cook more at home and raise a generation of happy, healthy eaters.
Through her work in media as a blogger and as an ambassador for the Canola Eat Well for Life team, Erin has become an advocate for honest and transparent communication about our food system. She hopes to take the fear out of food and inspire Canadians to have a healthful and happy relationship with it.
Erin has been an OHEA member and 2-time volunteer on the Board of Directors, since 2007. In 2017 she joined the OHEA mentorship program to help foster a new generation of PHEcs.
Erin lives and eats in Toronto with her husband, 2 year old daughter and 9 year old fur baby.
On March 24, 2018 the Ontario Home Economics Association held their 39th annual conference at Brescia University College in London, Ontario. The theme this year was “Reinventing Home Economics.” The conference promised to provide a full day of professional development, networking and fun, it certainly delivered.
Thank you to the conference planning committee and all of the wonderful volunteers who helped to organize OHEA's 39th annual conference and thank you to all of our sponsors! We also would like to thank everyone who came out to the conference and showed their #PHEcPride. We truly appreciate it, and could not have had such a great event without your 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.