The Ottawa Home Economics Association (Ottawa HEA) was founded in 1932 — seven years before the Canadian Home Economics Association (CHEA). Ottawa HEA consisted of dietitians and home economists until Dietitians of Canada (DC) was launched at which time many dietitians transferred to their own professional organization.
On June 6, 2023, Ottawa HEA members will gather at the Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa for lunch and their Annual General Meeting and 90th year celebrations. Members continue to meet for professional development, general interest events and comradery. Some members have belonged to Ottawa HEA for 50 years.
Today, membership stands at 37 mostly retirees who volunteer time to sew warm hats for several charities, sew operating room caps for nurses, raise funds to support the Algonquin College food bank and meet to share memories of their own home economics profession.