We mourn the passing of long-time OHEA member, Joanne Mackie.
Joanne was a dedicated member of our professional association, as well as many others, including the Hamilton Home Economics Association (now closed), the Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators’ Association, the Canadian Home Economics Association, and the International Federation for Home Economics. She served two terms as president of OFSHEEA and dedicated time and advocacy for Home Economics education in the elementary schools.
Joanne was instrumental in archiving documents for these associations. IFHE held a very special place for her as she travelled to meetings around the world, at her own expense, representing Canada. She loved those travel times and the many friendships she made. She was truly a wonderful ambassador for Canada and a very strong advocate for the principles and philosophy of Home Economics at all levels.
It was my great pleasure to know Joanne through my membership in the Hamilton Home Economics Association and OHEA. Her knowledge of events happening in the profession both nationally and internationally were always of great interest to the members of HHEA. Her professionalism and kindness I will always remember, even with her very busy schedule in her personal and professional life she always made time for her colleagues. – Gillian Bolton
I am so sorry to learn of Joanne Mackie's passing. I had known Joanne for many years, as we both taught Home Economics/Family Studies in the Halton District School Board. Although we taught in different panels, she in elementary and I in secondary, we connected often. She was always so knowledgeable about the history of our Board. Joanne was a very strong supporter of Home Economists around the world and I fully appreciated her interest, enthusiasm and drive. Sincerest condolences to her family. – Maria McLellan, Past President of OFSHEEA, Current Principal of Aldershot School, HDSB
Joanne was an inspiration to all Home Economists. She encouraged us to join and become involved in professional organizations - IFHE, CHEA, OHEA, OFSHEEA. She was a mentor, adviser, archivist and organizer of IFHE Council 2014 in London, ON. As members of IFHE and with a spirit of adventure, we travelled together to Ghana, Africa in 2000; Oslo, Norway in 2002; Capetown, South Africa in 2006; Lucerne, Switzerland in 2008; Sligo, Ireland in 2010; Melbourne, Australia in 2012; and London, Ontario in 2014. Joanne had friends all over the world and will be greatly missed globally and locally. – Marilyn Weber, Niagara Region HEA, IFHE Canada Liaison
Joanne was tireless in her devotion to the study and practice of home economics. Visionary, ultra-organized, welcoming, reliable and loyal are the attributes which come to mind, in stellar proportions. A person of the calibre of Joanne is a rarity. She will be missed, but not forgotten. – Carol Culhane, MBA, P.H.Ec.
We have a lost a wonderful lady and one who was so passionate and worked so hard for Home Economics. – Diane O’Shea, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., P.H.Ec.
Our condolences go out to her loving family and her many friends and colleagues. Joanne asked for donations to the Canadian Home Economics Foundation in her memory.
May she rest in peace.