On Saturday the 24th March, HEIA (SA) members celebrated World Home Economics Day at The Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide
Cathy Tsoutouras from OzHarvest was our guest speaker. Cathy is one of OzHarvest's community ambassadors and volunteer team leaders. She has volunteered with OzHarvest since 2014 and has been involved with planning, coordination and leading teams for some of OzHarvest's major events such as Think Eat Save, The Great Food Rescue Race, Tasting Australia and the Tree of Goodness. In her day job, Cathy is a Research Fellow at UniSA and a Senior Marketing Scientist of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, an institute that delivers marketing knowledge to corporations around the world. Her research expertise includes cause-related and charity marketing, which allows her to work alongside local charity organisations to help with branding and supporter growth strategies. Cathy is also the lecturer and course coordinator, Professional Development in Marketing, helping undergraduate students plan and be prepared for their early careers.
Cathy's presentation was informative and inspirational. A major focus was on the 4 Pillars of OzHarvest which are Rescue, Educate, Engage and Innovate. 2 key messages were to Buy what you need and Eat what you buy.
Cathy's presentation was preceded by the HEIA (SA) Awards Ceremony and an excellent High Tea.
Amanda Johnson, won the HEIA(SA) Award for Excellence for her contribution and dedication to Home Economics, the role she plays as a Hub Group leader and her support of other teachers.
The Resek Scholarship was awarded to University of South Australia student Alice Minchin, winning $5000 to assist in her studies. The scholarship is possible due to a generous donation made by Ellen and Marietta Resek to Home Economics. The scholarship is awarded to the most deserving candidate on the basis of a successful application.
The 2018 South Australian O’Malley Trust Scholarship recipient went to Flinders University student Brittany Johnson.
Brittany has a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Flinders Uni and a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours from Uni SA. She has worked as a Research assistant and Lecturer in Dietetics both at Uni SA. She undertook positions as an Aboriginal Projects Dietitian and Health Promotion Officer, both based with Country Health SA. She is the author of 4 research publications and several conference poster presentations, as well as presenting her Honours work at the International Congress of Dietetics in Spain 2016.
Brittany’s professional goals include:
Reducing the chronic disease burden and cost within Australia by supporting parents and families to develop healthy eating habits early in their children’s lives.
To support the establishment of healthy eating environments (including educational settings and community) to make healthy choices the easier choices for families.
To educate and upskill food and nutrition students and early career graduates in important aspects of capability, motivation and opportunity that impact on families nutrition and health behaviours.
Brittany is currently in her third year of her PhD.
What an amazing person…. Truly an advocate for Home Economics and a very worthy recipient of The O’Malley Scholarship.
Sarah Hockey President HEIA(SA) and Cathy Tsoutouras from OzHarvest
Narelle Bennett presenting the HEIA(SA Award of Excellence to Jodi Monro who accepted the award on behalf of Amanda Johnson
Alice Minchin - Resek Scholarship Awardee
Brittany Johnson - King & Amy O'Malley Trust Scholarship Awardee