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Resource for Youth - Patricia J. Hames Award

Applications are invited from home economics/human ecology/family studies educators for projects or programs to benefit low-income or at-risk students.

The Canadian Home Economics Foundation (CHEF) invites applications for a special granting program directed to the development of life skills in Canadian youth. The impetus for this initiative came from the late Dr. Elizabeth Feniak, CM, former Chair of CHEF, and the inspiration provided by Hon. Claudette Bradshaw, former M.P. and Minister of Labour and Federal Coordinator on Homelessness, Government of Canada.

At the Foundation Executive meeting on October 7, 2015, the award became a designated awards with funds provided from the estate of Patricia J. Hames. Dr. Hames was a noted educator and an accomplished seamstress who knew no boundaries in making innovative use of technology tools. Pat embarked on a lengthy career in education, starting with teaching at Loyalist College and Vocational Institute in its first year of operation and ending as with a senior position as regional representative for Ontario's Ministry of Education. At the Ministry, Pat's portfolios included aboriginal education, assessment, equity and family studies. She worked in the Ministry's regional offices in St. Catharines and London, and assisted school boards and First Nations with curriculum and policy implementation. While Pat pursued her educational development career, she completed a PhD at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.

 Over its lifetime. the program will provide a maximum of $5,000 per year in grants. More than one grant may be awarded. Canadian primary, elementary or secondary school home economics/human ecology/family studies educators are encouraged to apply to share in these funds.

                                School Children                                  Objectives:

1. To develop life skills through the retention and strengthening of home economics/family studies programs in Canadian schools.

2. To assist in program areas lacking sufficient funding by schools or families

 Examples of Grants:

* Needs assessment or evaluation of school breakfast or snack programs, after-school activities such as budgeting and smart shopping workshops.

* Purchasing fabric for students with limited resources.

* Providing funds for child care for a student who needs to study for examinations.

* Paying admission and transportation costs for home economics/human ecology/famiy studies field trips to support students with limited resources.

* Provide funds for classroom projects to benefit community/volunteer initiatives..

Operating costs and teaching supplies or equipment (including computer hardware and software) are NOT eligible. Provision of food (eg for breakfast programs) is NOT funded.



* Applicant must be a home economist/human ecologist/family studies teacher or a professional working in a home economics field.

* The project must provide direct benefit to students and not used for ongoing needs and costs.

* For large grants, evidence of community involvement and/or benefit a longer term program potential must be demonstrated.



* Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as received.


* Send the General Grant Application form by e-mail to

* Reasons for denial of applications will be provided.

* The applicant’s school district will be notified that these funds have been granted.

* Preferably, the funds will be paid to the school to be accessed by the applicant.



*A report and original receipts will be due at the completion of the project; any unused funds must be returned.                                                                                              Rev 01/2018


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