When: Friday 22 - Sunday 24 February 2019 | 07:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Where: The AMS Nest
6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
The Canadian Symposium on Home Economics Education has been held biennially since 1991 in various locations across Canada.
It began with Dr. Linda Peterat who is now Professor Emerita at the University of British Columbia invited Colleen Grover, a teacher for the Calgary School Board, to come to UBC in 1990 and share what was happening in home economics education in Alberta with home economics educators in Vancouver. Feedback from those in attendance was very positive and they recommended that home economics educators continue to meet inviting more to participate.
Since then the Symposium has been held in Winnipeg (4 times); Vancouver (with 2019 now 3 times); Calgary; Edmonton; Toronto; Ottawa; Halifax; Saskatoon and in 2017 London Ontario. Those attending have included home economics educators and researchers in a diverse range of roles: in university and school contexts; ministries of education, school system supervisors, and board members of home economics councils of teachers associations as well as those working in community outreach programs and health promotion. The Symposium not only attracts home economics educators and researchers from across Canada but it also has hosted international home economists including those from both east and west Africa; Egypt; Malta; Japan and the USA.
The Canadian Symposium provides a forum for sharing information and research, and action planning to strengthen home economics/family studies/human ecology/family and consumer science education in the future. Educators/researchers/academics gather to:
- – Present current research in Home Economics and related fields (education, family sociology, food studies, nutrition, housing, environment, ecology, curriculum studies)
- – Discuss the current status and new developments in Home Economics/Family Studies/Human Ecology at both the public school and postsecondary levels
- – Share innovative curriculum projects designed to enhance Home Economics/Family Studies/Human Ecology/Family and Consumer Science programs
- – Address current social, political, cultural, economic issues that have implications for Home Economics/Family Studies/Human Ecology/Family and Consumer Science programs.
Each year the Dr. Eleanore Vaines scholarship is awarded to a UBC Bachelor of Education student preparing to be a home economics teacher. The 2019 recipient will receive this award at the Opening of the Symposium.
The Gwen Leslie Memorial Lecture is open to the public and will also be held on Friday 22 February. This year Dr. Nancy Turner, Emeritus Professor, University of Victoria an ethnobiologist will present “Our food is our medicine: Traditional plant food, traditional ecological knowledge and health in a changing environment”. This presentation is sponsored by the Canadian Home Economics Foundation