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.
In a written nomination for Ellie, long time friend and professional colleague, Ellen Boynton, P.H.Ec. wrote:
“I have found Ellie to be unfailingly dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Home Economics which is to make the lives of those around her better through sharing her extensive knowledge of food and nutrition, as well as the overall desire to improve the well-being of the less fortunate. Ellie is compassionate and selfless as she has, time and again, directed so much energy into projects to turn limited resources into something better. As an example, Ellie volunteered weekly for ten years to prepare food for a lunch program at Foster Farm Community Centre. Lunches came from donated food items which required creativity to provide a tasty meal for those who attended. Ellie has an inquiring mind. She sees a need and then tirelessly assembles the resources to achieve the agreed upon goals, all the while working collaboratively with others who share her vision.”
“Each of us has something unique and important to offer. It doesn’t matter how you get involved. Just do it. By helping our fellow Canadians; by participating in our civic life; by working to build prosperity in our communities – this is how we build a smarter, more caring and resilient society.” Immediate past Governor General David Johnston
"Ellie created a fundraising cookbook for Multi-Faith Housing Initiative’s housing project, The Haven. If all 2,000 copies are sold, a total of $24,000 would be raised. More than half are sold at this time. As for executive positions, Ellie has been President of OHEA - the provincial Home Economics Association and of the Ottawa branch and currently serves as Treasurer of Ottawa Home Economics Association. She has also served on the Board of Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre for 14 years!" - Ellen Boynton, P.H.Ec.
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.