The purpose of the awards is to recognize Family Studies educators who have demonstrated effective education programs, teaching techniques, professional development activities, and/or shown leadership in Family Studies and sustained contribution to the OFSHEEA organization. Educators must hold current OFSHEEA membership to be eligible for nomination. Students who are enrolled in a post secondary Family Studies qualifications program at an accredited Faculty of Education in Ontario may apply for an OFSHEEA scholarship, awarded annually.
Adelaide Hoodless Award for Excellence
The award recognizes the vision of Adelaide Hoodless and the outstanding contributions she made to the profession. Hoodless was instrumental in the founding of Domestic Science, more widely known today as Family Studies education. Hoodless' commitment to bettering the lives of individuals and families is what the recipient of this award demonstrates.
Centennial Leadership Award
The Centennial Leadership Award recognizes an OFSHEEA member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to Family Studies education. The recipient of this award demonstrates involvement in local, regional or provincial leadership activities that enhance and promote Family Studies Professional Development. This award was initiated in our Centennial year, 2003, to celebrate one hundred years of our Association.
Regional Merit Award
This award is to recognize the contribution in each of the eight Ontario regions by Family Studies educators. These individuals have demonstrated effective education programs, exemplary teaching techniques, and/or leadership initiatives in activities which provide stimuli for other educators.
Jean McLarty Vounteer Service Award
The Jean McLarty Volunteer Service Award recognizes an OFSHEEA member who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism to the OFSHEEA organization. The recipient of this award has shown consistent commitment to volunteer involvement in the association for a minimum of ten years. Jean is a long time member of OFSHEEA, who taught Home Economics in Etobicoke, and has educated our members about the history of the association in her role as our archivist. The award was first presented in 2003, in recognition of her commitment to OFSHEEA.
This scholarship is intended to help promote an interest in teaching Family Studies in Ontario at the secondary level. An annual scholarship (or two) may be awarded to a student(s) completing a post-secondary Family Studies Qualifications program at an accredited Faculty of Education in Ontario.
Each year OFSHEEA encourages nominations for each of the awards listed here. All submissions are to be made to the awards committee by July 31 to be considered for selection in that year. Nomination packages, which can be found within each award page, are to be mailed to the office by this date. The awards selection committee then reviews the applications and makes final selections. All awards are celebrated at our Awards Luncheon held at our annual fall conference and meeting in November.
OFSHEEA celebrates excellence by honouring members of the Association that exemplify outstanding practices. Discover the names of past award recipients for each of the OFSHEEA awards and help us recognize their contribution to the field of Family Studies-Home Economics.