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.
I joined around 1994/1995 and was a student member until I graduated. During my participation with OHEA (if I can remember correctly) a student board liaison member, I was secretary on the board, a branch member liaison, Vice President and President of the OHEA board. I continue to keep my membership to stay informed and see how things are changing/evolving. I also try to help support new members where I can.
I am proud to be an OHEA member still.
I have enjoyed the versatility my career has brought me and the ability to create my own path while helping others in their own. Whether it’s learning how to cook, picking out the right groceries or meal planning, everyday is different and new. I enjoy the creativity of recipe development and the enjoyment learning brings to those around me and also myself.
Being a Home Economist is such a varied career path that it has suited me well with my different interests and has allowed me to be flexible throughout my continue career.
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About Emily Richards, P.H.Ec.
Highly experienced and well-regarded Professional Home Economist, Emily Richards has an extensive know-how in the Food Industry which is strengthened with her Bachelor of Science, Home Economics specializing in Food and Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario.
Emily starting cooking and baking with her Nonna when she was very young and continued to hone her cooking skills in restaurant and hotel kitchens. She joined the Canadian Living Test Kitchen where her career flourished in recipe development and cooking demonstrations as well as co-hosting a Food Network Cooking Show “Canadian Living Cooks”.
Emily’s career continued as a freelance cookbook author, recipe developer and culinary instructor which brought her across the country and abroad to continue learning and sharing her knowledge and passion for food and getting people in their kitchens to cook.
Emily has authored and co-authored seven cookbooks and continues to create recipes for many Canadian companies, associations, magazines and commodity boards. She is also working on another cookbook that continues her partnership with the Best of Bridge cookbook series.
As a professional home economist, Emily enjoys helping families understand food, how to cook and enjoy it and bring life skills to peoples homes for themselves and their children. Emily continues to appear across Canada presenting recipes, easy cooking and entertaining ideas to promote getting in the kitchen to cook and enjoy life!
Websites: emilyrichardscooks.ca and emilyrichardscooks.com
Facebook: Emily Richards Cooks
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Want to meet some of the amazing Professional Home Economists featured in the Through the Years Series?
Make sure to register for OHEA annual conference. This year the conference is being held at Brescia University College on March 23, 2019. For more information, visit the OHEA Conference website.
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