It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joanne Mackie on December 21, 2018.


Born in Oshawa, Ontario on June 10, 1940, Joanne spent 35 amazing years as an elementary school teacher and in retirement Joanne was a member of and volunteered for the Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators’ Association including the partnership with Swaziland Home Economics Association, archives; the International Federation for Home Economics including the 2014 council in London Ontario; the Canadian Home Economics Association, archives; the Ontario Home Economics Association, archives; the Hamilton Home Economics Association; the Georgetown Choral Society from 1971; Lydia Snow North Halton Branch Retired Women Teachers of Ontario, founding; an active member of St. John’s United Church Georgetown. In retirement, Joanne took courses from the Archives Association of Ontario.


Joanne’s celebration of life will take place on Friday January 4, 2019 at 1 PM at St. John’s United Church, 11 Guelph St., Georgetown, ON. Internment will follow in the spring at Ebenezer United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following organizations would be appreciated: The Canadian Home Economics Foundation, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice.


You are invited to share your memories and photos on Joanne's memorial page at:



Registration for this year's OFSHEEA Fall Conference and Annual General Meeting is NOW OPEN.  Click on the blue "REGISTER" button to the right to sign up!

This year's conference will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Meadowvale Secondary School in Mississauga, ON.

Questions? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click on the following links to see

Conference Schedule and Workshop Details:    pdf OFSHEEA Fall Conference 2017 Conference Poster (628 KB)

Annual Report for the AGM:  Annual Report

OFSHEEA Awards Nominations Information:    pdf OFSHEEA Awards (410 KB)



Over the summer and fall of 2016, OFSHEEA undertook a large-scale writing project, funded by the Ministry of Education, to update Family Studies-focused financial literacy resources.  These new resources align with the 2013 curriculum expectations revisions.  These new resources embed a financial literacy focus into 7 select courses offered in the Family Studies discipline:


In addition to the series of guides above, the following guides by are designed to provide students and parents with knowledge and tools necessary for instilling positive credit awareness and responsible financial habits.  These guides are a perfect companion piece to the newly released financial literacy resources.

You can see the guides here:


ALL OF THE ABOVE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE (no membership is required to access them).  Resources in each course include an instructional organizer, lesson plans, student handouts, teacher answer keys, powerpoint presentations, and if applicable, assessment and evaluation tools.  Lesson plans only are also available in French.  Click on the links above to access the resources.

All financial literacy resources are available for download and printable via


All questions may be forwarded to the Project Coordinators, Derek Wun and Roula Hawa, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Dear Valued Members:

We have great professionals who work in the different areas of Family Studies and Home Economics everyday, and it is important to recognize their dedication and hard work. Each year OFSHEEA encourages and invites nominations for each of the OFSHEEA awards given out at the Annual General Meeting.

All submissions are to be made to the awards committee by Friday, September 15th, 2017 to be considered for selection at this year’s Annual General Meeting and Fall Conference. [Note the person being nominated must be a member of OFSHEEA.]

Process for Nominating a Colleague or Student:

  1. Read the list of award descriptions by clicking on the link below, and select a colleague or student for the award you believe they are most deserving and to which they fit the criteria.

  2. Read the detailed list of criteria for the award you believe a colleague or student should be nominated for. The person does not have to have every single criteria but should have most.

  3. Nominate a colleague or student! Links to individual nomination forms are below. Find the award that you would like to nominate a colleague or student for, download it, complete it, and attach it into an email.

  4. Send your completed nomination form to Camille Naranjit at the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 15th, 2017.

The awards selection committee then reviews the applications and makes final selections. All awards are announced at the annual fall conference - Saturday October 21, 2017. Thank you all for your interest and dedication to OFSHEEA and good luck to all potential nominees. 

pdf OFSHEEA Awards (410 KB)

Adelaide Hoodless Award for Excellence Nomination Form

document The Jean McLarty Award Nomination Form (134 KB)

document Regional Merit Award Nomination Form (143 KB)

document Centennial Leadership Award Nomination Form (41 KB)

document Student Scholarship Award Nomination Form (127 KB)



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean McLarty on November 10, 2016.

Born on January 22, 1923, Jean succumbed peacefully to the frailty of her years under the watchful care of the staff at Kensington Gardens, Toronto, where she resided since 2013. Jean grew up at 654 Lakeshore Ave., Hanlan's Point, the daughter of police Staff Sergeant Mansfield "Mac" McLarty of Puslinch (1878 - 1962) and Lottie (nee McConnell) of Dundalk (1885 - 1963). She was the older sister to Donald (1925 - 1988) and the twins Adam Hume (1926 - 1942) and John Franklin (1926 - 2012). Jean graduated from Jarvis Collegiate in 1939, Victoria College and the Department of Household Sciences in 1945, and the Ontario College of Education in 1946. Jean taught in the Forest Hill Village Schools (1948 - 1956) then as Head of the Home Economics Department at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate (1956 - 1960), Thistletown Collegiate (1960 - 1966) and finally Martingrove Collegiate (1966 - 1980) where she retired as Head of the Family Studies Department. In 2003, the Jean McLarty Volunteer Service Award was first presented in recognition of her 50 years with the Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators' Association (1946 - 1996). Jean will be missed by all who remember her, especially those who cared for her these last years. A simple interment will take place in the spring at Park Lawn Cemetery.

You are invited to share your memories and photos on Jean's memorial page at: <

Upcoming Conferences

Family Studies: Feeding Great Futures - Lunch Purchase: November 9th

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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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