Brescia hosts OHEA conference and media food personality

News Release
February 26, 2014

London, ON – Brescia will host the 35th annual Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) Student Conference in collaboration with the London Home Economics Association (LHEA) on Saturday, March 1. This is Brescia’s second time hosting this conference in collaboration with the Student Human Ecology Association (SHEA). This year’s conference will focus on building food skills that can help to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The event will provide students the opportunity to learn new skills, to network with peers and professionals in the industry, and to build on their professional development knowledge.

A variety of activities will take place, including an industry panel led by professionals from the field. The conference includes perspectives on responding to the food skills crisis with seminars hosted by: Brescia Foods and Nutrition professor, Dr. June Matthews; Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP; and Joyce Parlsow, home economist at Canada Beef Inc. A highlight of the day will be a demo by Marilyn Smith, home economist and a successful food writer in Canada. She is also an alumnus of the Second City Comedy Troupe, making her a popular TV and media food personality. Smith won Gold at the Cuisine Canada Cookbook Awards for her book, Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health and don’t forget the chocolate!, co-authored with dietitian Liz Pearson. Smith is also the editor of the award winning cookbook, The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Taste Canada Food Writing Awards in 2013.

Brescia’s Foods and Nutrition instructor, member of OHEA, and Co-chair of LHEA, Lucy Mahood, says, “The OHEA conference is a wonderful opportunity for industry professionals to share their knowledge with our students, who are studying in the field. Building food skills is important in the workplace and in the home environment and we are pleased that Brescia will be the host of the conference for the second time.” Mahood currently co-chairs LHEA alongside Mary Ann Binnie, Nutrition Manager with the Canadian Pork Council. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in The Mercato at Brescia. Tickets are $25 for SHEA members and $35 for non-members. Parking will be free for the day and the event is open to the community. For more information on the OHEA conference, visit

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