At the AGM celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Ottawa Home Economics Association (OttawaHEA) June 2023 a decision was made to establish the Ottawa Home Economics Association Fund within the Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF). The goal of the fund is to establish a legacy in support of the goals of home economics to improve the quality of life for families and individuals. The inaugural focus of the Fund will be support for:
- Pre-natal and infant programs with a strong nutrition component
- Organizations providing nutritious food to at-risk populations
The initial donation of $7,000 was the result of initiatives and projects undertaken by members of OttawaHEA over many years This amount is not yet sufficient to generate annual grants to finance stand-alone programs. On an annual basis the OCF will consult with OttawaHEA through the Fund Advisor (currently Ellie Topp, P.H.Ec., OttawaHEA Treasurer) regarding joining with grants from other Funds to support existing programs in line with home economics goals. A report on the Fund will be included in the annual report of OttawaHEA.
At any time people are invited to make a donation to the Fund simply by visiting Ottawa Community Foundation. Click on ‘Donate to a Fund', then ‘Donate Online' and type in Ottawa Home Economics Association Fund where you may choose to donate either to the investment part of the Fund or directly to the grant portion which ensures that your donation will go directly to the annual project chosen for support. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for individual donations. Members are encouraged to invite friends to donate to help build our new Fund.
OttawaHEA is excited to launch this initiative and to know that its funds are being used to support home economics related projects within our city.
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.