I have been involved with the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) since I was a student at Brescia University College and Western University. I went to meetings and found out more information from my professors and also networked with other Home Economists in the field to widen my knowledge of the profession and it’s benefits. It was recommended by many professors at the time to join and become active in the OHEA board.
Tell Us About Yourself
I was born in Vancouver and moved to Montreal where I attended high school. I attended McGill University taking a Bachelor of Education (Home Economics) and graduated in 1970. I taught for two years in Hudson, Quebec before moving to Peterborough, Ontario where have I lived ever since.
I taught Home Economics, now Family Studies, for 33 years. I first taught at Kenner CVI and then at Adam Scott CVI. I also spent three years as Summer School Principal for the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board. Upon retirement, I was consultant to Ontario Agricultural Foods Educators’ Association for three years.
During my career, I was fortunate enough to serve on the OFSHEEA (Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators Association) Board for several years, as well as the OHEA Board. Both Associations led to my growth as a professional and I believe that I became a better home economist because of my involvement in these associations.
Graduated 1966 with a BHSc from the University of Guelph, did post grad teacher qualifications at the university of Toronto graduating in 1967 - with an honours degree from Guelph and a Type A teaching certificate for secondary school Home Economics and Science from U of T. Head of Home Economics Department in Scarborough Board of Education and Waterloo Region District School Board from 1967 to 1998. Worked for 12 years (6 of them at the same time as being a department head) as Co-ordinator of Family Studies and Consultant for Co-operative Education in Waterloo. Retired 1998.
I grew up on a picturesque farm on the (Canadian) Mississippi River, near Almonte, Ontario, in the Ottawa Valley, and was a keen 4-H club member; honours BHSc graduate of University of Guelph – 1969; County Home Economist for Carleton and Grenville Counties, Ontario Department of Agriculture and Food; moved to Toronto as a newlywed; joined General Foods as a Test Kitchen Home Economist; founded and was consultant, Cardinal Kitchens, a division of Cardinal Biologicals Ltd (founded by husband, Bill) – conducted recipe development and testing, food styling, sensory evaluation, product tolerance testing, package directions – for over 35 years; authored Cardinal’s Handbook of Recipe Development, a textbook used extensively by corporate test kitchens and universities in Canada and US; retired from most consulting services in 2015; currently Vice-President of Cardinal Biologicals Ltd.; past member of Ryerson Curriculum Advisory Board; other interests include: travel with my husband, family activities (3 adult children, spouses and 3 grandchildren), founding co-chair of church-based community program called Café 65; painting classes.
I became involved in CHEA AND THEA shortly after coming to Toronto. THEA had an excellent job liaison program which lead me to a position with Sally Henry at Maple Leaf Mills. From there I moved to the Toronto Star and 5 years later to Chatelaine. Shortly after starting at Chatelaine, I became president of OHEA and we held the first conference in a downtown Toronto hotel.
Since coming to Canada in 1965, I have been proud to be Professional Home Economist along with being a Certified Culinary Professional with the International Association of Culinary Professionals. After completing my Master’s at the University of Wisconsin, I worked in food research at the University of Illinois and then in Ottawa briefly for the Food Research Institute at Agriculture Canada. While my children were small, I taught several years in night school before moving on to Betty’s Kitchen where I became cooking school director. Since 1990, I have worked mostly as a food writer, writing a monthly column, Food Bits, and authoring ten cookbooks, focusing on preserving and simple healthy meals.
During that time I have been involved with a number of organizations including representing the Canadian Home Economics Association on Health Canada’s consultation for the 1992 Canada Food Guide, as a member of Health Canada’s steering committee to develop policy for Raw Foods of Animal Origin, serving on the scientific advisory committee for the Food Preservation Exhibit at the Canadian Agriculture Museum (opened in 2014) and currently am treasurer of the Ottawa Home Economics Association.
A brief background:
I have an undergraduate degree in home economics – Honours Bachelor of Science (1978) – from the University of Ottawa, with a specialization in food science and nutrition. I started my career in institutional foodservice management, and realizing I enjoyed the business sector, pursued an Masters in Business Administration (1985) also from the University of Ottawa. I moved to Toronto that same year, and entered the multinational food manufacturing sector, working as a Senior Product Manager for Nabisco Brands. When Nabisco undertook a major downsizing in 1993, I went into private practice, starting a regulatory compliance firm entitled International Food Focus Ltd. (IFFL).
My background and career
Although I was born in Orillia, Ontario, and spent a few of my early years in Clearbrook, B.C., I grew up mostly in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1980, I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Home Economics in Food and Nutrition.
My first job was as a nutrition consultant at a weight loss clinic in Winnipeg that performed targeted toning with muscle stimulation therapy. I wondered about this form of “activity” as a long-term exercise plan, but it was a paying job and I rationalized that the clients were receiving excellent nutrition advice!
A brief background:
I am a graduate of Ryerson University (BAA ’75) in Food, Nutrition, Consumer, and Family Studies. I have had a long and varied career with food playing a central role in all of my endeavours. I taught Family Studies to high school students in Scarborough and Toronto before going on to establish a niche public relations agency providing services to food and consumer customers. In those day, before large corporate merging, we worked on promoting brands for companies like Campbell’s Soup, Heinz, Proctor and Gamble, and Dow Chemical (Saran Wrap).
I graduated from Northern Counties College of Education in Home Economics (Food and Nutrition) in Newcastle on Tyne in 1967.
I then moved to Birmingham and taught Family Studies for a couple of years before moving to South Africa where I again taught Home Economics in High School until the University of Natal opened a University course which was the only program in all of South Africa that was not segregated, so it was an interesting and challenging experience that I am so fortunate to have experienced.
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.