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March 3, 2010  

Home Economists from across Ontario come to Brescia to celebrate

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 ( To learn more about Dietitians of Canada please visit

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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

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