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In 1903, at the request of the Minister of Education, Mrs. Adelaide Hoodless, Hamilton, called a conference of the Ontario teachers of Domestic Science and Art to be held in Room 10, University of Toronto, April the sixth, (the date being the same as that of the meetings of the Ontario Education Association). The stated object of the conference was "to discuss the advisability of organizing a Section of the Ontario Education Association for the consideration of subjects bearing upon Home Economics and Domestic Art." As a result of this gathering, a request was forwarded that recognition be given to such a section by the Council of the Ontario Education Association. Of the eighteen teachers attending this conference, nine paid the fee of fifty cents, the amount decided upon for active membership. Mrs. Hoodless was elected president, Miss F. Curzon the vice - president and Miss Grace Roberts the secretary of this, the first session of what was later known as the Home Science Section of the Ontario Education Association.

Two years later the ambitious group invited Miss Bevin, University of Illinois, to address their assemblage, but the expenses incurred left their finances with a deficit of five dollars and sixty one cents. Registration increased in numbers very slowly. Thus, for financial reasons, the .local talent provided the programmes for their annual meetings. Occasionally, speakers of outstanding reputation from Cornell University, Detroit, Guelph or other nearby centres were on the programme. Throughout the years, an attempt was repeatedly made not only to improve teaching methods used in the field, but also to cooperate with the Department of Education in the study of the problems within the curriculum. As research in Home Economics developed, the section also provided a place for report and discussion of pertinent problems. 

From 1920, the section became known as the Household Science Section. With the years, the attendance increased and at the same time the types of work in which the members were engaged became more varied: This was the case to such an extent, that the major interests of the larger portion of the group centred in the problems concerned with secondary education rather, than as formerly in the work of the elementary schools. As a consequence, in 1927 the Household Science Section asked the privilege of affiliating with the recently organized Household Science and Arts Subsection of the Technical School Section. This request having been granted, the Household Science Section as a separate section ceased to exist. 

In 1938, the name was changed to the Home Economics Section of the O.E.A In 1972, the Family Studies Home Economics Association of Ontario was incorporated and was an affiliate of the O.E.A. In 1977, the name was changed to its present name, Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators' Association. The mission statement of the association was written in 1989 “with the ultimate goal of strengthening the family the role of OFSHEEA is to initiate and facilitate the professional development and personal growth of educators to promote quality family studies programs in Ontario."

The association holds an annual conference each year in November; the first one was held in 1904. At the annual conference, Regional Awards of Merit are presented to teachers who have been nominated for their excellence in teaching of family studies. The Phyllis Meiklejohn Award recognizes family studies educators for their active leadership and scholarly endeavours combined with their substantial improvement of Family Studies Home Economics Education at, any level. Over the history of the association, a number of print resources have been published such as the OFSHEEA Joumal  OFSHEEA Newsletter, and various teaching resources. Regional Workshops are generally held in the spring. OFSHEEA has been involved in supporting other provincial, national and international Home Economics Associations. In conjunction, with the· Canadian Home Economics Association and Canadian International Development Agency, OFSHEEA partnered with the Home Economics Association of Swaziland to develop Family Studies textbooks. 

The membership is open to all who maintain an interest in Family Studies Home Economics Education; these individuals will be the driving force who will lead us through the 21 st century.



OFSHEEA's Legacy — Who are we?

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Your Board of Directors

Your Board of Directors for 2016 - 2017.

Your Regional Directors

Your Regional Directors for 2016 - 2017.

Your Committee Chairs

Your Committee Chairs for 2016 - 2017.

As a non-profit organization focused on serving the members of our teaching community, the role of OFSHEEA is to facilitate the professional development and personal growth of educators to promote quality Family Studies programs in Ontario.


  • To encourage continual professional growth in its members and solidarity with others of like professional interests.
  • To encourage active co-operation among Family Studies-Home Economics Educators at all levels-elementary, secondary and post-secondary.
  • To unite all groups and persons interested in Family Studies-Home Economics.
  • To maintain a high standard of professional ethics.
  • To offer conferences and workshops at the provincial and regional levels.

Membership Classes

General membership varies by cost depending on your teaching status.  General membership in the Association is open to an individual who:

1. Is actively engaged in the teaching, supervision, or administration of Family Studies-Home Economics Education.


2. Maintains an interest in the advancement of Family Studies-Home Economics Education.

A member who has rendered exceptional service to the field of Family Studies-Home Economics and/or the Association may, by the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, be granted an honourary membership in the Association for life.

  • Honourary membership may be granted for a term of one year by the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors; to a non-member who has rendered valuable service to the field of Family Studies-Home Economics Education.
  • Any person desiring membership in the Association shall complete an application form provided by the Association and shall submit same to the Membership Chairperson.

Rights of Members

  • Only members in good standing shall be entitled:
    1. to vote at meetings of the Association.
    2. to be appointed as members of committees of the Association.
  • Honourary Members shall not have voting privileges or be eligible for any elective or appointive offices.

Interested in becoming a member of OFSHEEA?

logoWith the ultimate goal of strengthening the family, the role of OFSHEEA is to facilitate the professional development and personal growth of educators to promote quality Family Studies programs in Ontario. If you wish to become a member of OFSHEEA, please fill out our registration form.

Your $60 OFSHEEA membership fee gives you access to:

  • Leaders in the Field of Family Studies
  • Excellent Teaching Resources
  • Website Documents and Downloads
  • Reduced Rates for Annual Conference
  • Networking Opportunities with Colleagues
  • First Opportunities on Writing Projects
  • Opportunities to be Nominated for Teaching Awards

Important Links

if you prefer to register manually by post, please download our Memebership (FORM), print and send along with a cheque for your membership fee to:
Lee Ann Larocque
OFSHEEA Membership Chairperson
1542 Peoples Road Sault Ste. Marie, ON

OFSHEEA's membership year is September 1 - August 31. 




Upcoming Conferences

OFSHEEA 2020 Virtual Conference: Family Studies Throughout the Lifespan: September 26th

Check out the conference pages for more information.


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Looking to Make a Difference?

Are you interested in giving back to the Family Studies Home Economics community? OFSHEEA is currently looking for individuals for the following volunteer positions on the Board of Directors:  




If you are interested in learning more, please email to get in touch with a Board member.





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