Home Economists from across Ontario come to Brescia to celebrate

March 3, 2010

Students and professionals will come together to learn,  laugh, and celebrate with top-notch speakers – including a home economist who  is also a comedian – at the 31st annual Ontario Home Economics Association  (OHEA) conference, hosted for the first time at Brescia University College on  March 27, 2010.

The theme of the conference is, “Celebrating the Diversity  of our Profession.” Dr. June Matthews, assistant professor in Brescia’s  Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences, encourages students to attend. “This  conference is a great opportunity for students to explore the many career  options open to them as a professional home economist. As  more and more people recognize the importance of basic life skills,  whether in terms of food, clothing, shelter, personal finances, child  development, or family relationships, the more demand there is for our  services.”

More than 100 delegates are expected for this one-day event,  held in the St. James Building at Brescia. Registration is open until March 12,  2010 with student pricing offered at $42 (including GST). This includes lunch,  parking, and access to all speakers, graduate presentations, and exhibits.

Keynote speaker Dr. Monda Halpern, author and professor,  will show that the Home Economics Revolution in Ontario was innovative and  progressive with pioneering feminist activists advocating to improve the  education, careers, and household conditions of women.

There will be several speakers throughout the day, from a  variety of backgrounds.

  • Food       Stylist, Olga Kaminskyj, will provide insight about how the food goes from       recipe to photograph.
  • Marjorie       Paradine, interior decorator, will highlight trends in the décor scene.
  • Jane       Hamilton Wilson, clinical nurse specialist, will describe her       interdisciplinary approach to family research.
  • Mairlyn       Smith, freelance home economist, will provide insights and laughter on how       to live to be 100 and still remember your name. Mairlyn is the only professional       home economist in Canada who is an alumna of the Second City Comedy       Troupe.

In another celebration of the advancement of health through  food and nutrition, Dietitians of Canada have declared March 17, 2010 to be the  first annual Dietitians Day.

For more information about the conference or the Ontario  Home Economist Association please visit the OHEA website (www.ohea.on.ca). To learn more about  Dietitians of Canada please visit www.dietitians.ca.

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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is  affiliated with The University   of Western Ontario. The  1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide  variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and  invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College  welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more  information, please visit www.brescia.uwo.ca

Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) represents over 300 economists  throughout the province. Home economists work in all areas of public and  private sectors. They are committed to empowering individuals and families with  the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a desirable quality of life.

For more information, please contact:Dr. June Matthews         Assistant Professor         Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28004         E-mail: jmatth22@uwo.ca