Why are we the Manitoba Association of Home Economists when we are graduates of various faculties?

We call ourselves the Manitoba Association of Home Economists because this name ties directly to the Professional Home Economists Act (1990) of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. This Act gives us the legislated right to call ourselves Professionals. We hold this ability to call ourselves Professionals very dearly so we continue to use the wording prescribed by our Act. In addition, Home Economist is the term commonly used throughout the world by those in the profession.

Do I have to participate in continuing education or professional development once I am a Professional Home Economist?

Yes, you do have an obligation to seek continuous professional growth in order to maintain your professional competence as outlined in the MAHE Code of Professional Conduct. While you do not have to submit evidence of your professional development*, you do, as a requirement of being a PHEc, have to undertake activities that will ensure your continuing education and professional development. This document outlines the requirements for continuing education as well as examples of options members may use to fulfil those requirements.

Upon renewal of your membership each year, you will be asked to declare your compliance with the Code of Conduct which includes maintaining personal professional competence and seeking continuous professional growth.

*As of February 28, 2009 MAHE members do not need to record or submit points for Continuing Education or Professional Development.

How do I use the PHEc designation properly?

The PHEc designation may only be used by Active Practising members in good standing of the Manitoba Association of Home Economists. The following are guidelines for correctly using the designation from our Association:

  • PHEc is shown without periods between the letters or at the end.
  • It is used on its own, without reference to the Bachelor of Human Ecology/Home Economics.

Mary Smith, PHEc (NOT Mary Smith, PHEc, B.HEc.)

  • It may be used in combination with other degrees. Professional designations supersede degrees; therefore, if other degrees are listed they should follow the designation. Degrees are listed in priority according to rank and are separated by commas. For example:

Mary Smith, PHEc, M.Ed.

I need to replace my professional ring – how do I do this?

Information on ordering a new or replacement professional ring can be found on this site under HEc Rings.

What and When is World Home Economics Day?

World Home Economics Day, March 21st, is celebrated each year by the International Federation for Home Economics and its member organizations throughout the world. It is a day to celebrate the profession and its contribution to individuals, families and communities around the world.

MAHE plans a celebratory event to commemorate the day close to or on that date each year. The Association also requests a Proclamation from the Government of Manitoba, very often the Minister of Agriculture, to officially recognize Home Economics Day in Manitoba on March 21st. Look for more information about this year’s event in the Events section and past events in Our History.