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Upcoming Events: 

The Semi-Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 18 at the Lotus Garden Restaurant at 31 Broadway St South in Kensington at 6 p.m. We are booked for the buffet which is $13.50 + tax. Please RSVP by Tues. Oct 16 to More details to follow.


Past Events:
July 25, 2018 - Heather MacDonald hosted home economists at the annual garden party.

June 25, 2018 - Members held their annual general meeting at Papa Joe's Restaurant and shared instances of reducing/re-using/recycling. 
 March 28, 2018  PEIHEA members celebrated World Home Economics Day at UPEI and learned about Women's Empowerment and Civic Engagement in Kenya from UPEI Master's Student Anne Shileche. 

The PEIHEA made treat bags for students in home economics related degrees at UPEI on December 11, 2017.
The Ho Ho Home Economics Auction was held on November 27 at the Central Queens United Church. Thanks to auctioneers Jennifer Taylor and Boomer Gallant.
The Semi Annual Meeting was held on Monday, October 23  at the Milton Community Hall. The program for the evening was to make some lap quilts for Alzheimer patients.
Welcome to the Touch Quilt Project. By creating a Touch Quilt, you are joining a network of caring people who volunteer to support those affected by Alzheimer’s ...
Learn to sew an Alzheimer's Activity Mat, Free sewing instructions on the Alzheimer's Activity Aids site. As seen on PBS, Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman.
Katie Denman hosted the annual 2017 Garden Party in Summerside on July 26, 2017. 
The AGM in 2017 was held on May 31 at UPEI. Guest speaker was Rosemary O'Malley-Keyes, from Manager of Donor Relations at UPEI 
March 20, 2017 - The PEIHEA celebrated World Home Ec Day in Milton with a presentation from PEI Energy Efficiency.
The 2016 Garden Party was held at 70 Westwood Crescent, Charlottetown on Wednesday, July 27. 

The annual Ho Ho Home Economics Auction was Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at the Central Queens United Church in Hunter River.
The 2016 AGM was held June 16 at the home of Heather MacDonald. Guest speaker was recent UPEI Applied Human Sciences graduate Abby Sawyer.
The 2015 PEI Home Ec Association Garden Party was held at Katie Denman's beautiful home & garden, Summerside at 6 pmTuesday, July 28.
Jordan Cameron spoke about his earth ship at the AGM in June 2015 at the Home Place in Kensington.

Monday, November 24, 2014 was the HoHoHome Economics Auction.  Thursday December 4, 2014 we met to pack our popular exam week treat bags Applied Human Sciences students.
The 2014 Semi-Annual General Meeting of PEI Home Economics Association was Wednesday, October 29 at at UPEI and included a pot luck dinner and speaker Denise Lockhart, Executive Director of Family Service PEI, and then the semi-annual meeting.  Family Service PEI has just introduced the It's Your Right - Protecting Yourself Financially as you Age" toolkit on October 14th, which addresses some of the financial needs of the growing senior population, while decreasing the prevalence of elder financial abuse. 

Garden Party was held in late July 2014 at Heather MacDonald's home.
PEI Home Economics Association’s 2014 Annual General Meeting, May 26, 2014 at the Health Sciences Building at UPEI.

The meeting began with a pot luck meal, followed by a presentation by Arnold Smith on historic clothing, and then the annual meeting. Mr. Smith brought part of his extensive collection to show how Islanders dressed at the time of the 1864 Conference, and showed pieces from his reproduction of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1911 trousseau to compare and contrast with the clothing from the earlier period.

Everything Old is New Again

Interactive educational sessions on the history of selected textile arts/ crafts illustrating how heritage crafts evolved to the present day.

Milton Community Hall - Thursday, March 6, 7 - 9 p.m. Quilting and Rug Hooking

Gillis Memorial Lodge – Monday, March 10, 2 - 3:30 p.m. Rug Hooking and Knitting


Lot 16 Community Hall –Tuesday, March 25, 7- 9 p.m. Rug Hooking and Basket Weaving

Funded in part by the Community Cultural Partnership Program 

Ho Ho Home Economics Auction - was held Monday, November 25th at Central Queens United Church in Hunter River. Thanks to all who participated and made the event a success, especially auctioneer Roger Younker.

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF DEBT: a public lecture, was held November 19, 2013, during Financial Literacy Awareness Month. PEIHEA, in partnership with the UPEI Department of Applied Human Sciences, and Family Service PEI, 

Denise Lockhart, Ellen Dickieson and  Patrick O'Connell of Family Service PEI discussed

  • strategies to live within your means

  • how to best manage your current debt loads to avoid financial crisis

  • how to protect yourself as you navigate the changing services available to consumers

  • other financial topics that are affecting Islanders in today's consumer based society.

The Canadian Home Economics Foundation ( provided funding for this project.  

The semi-annual general meeting was held on Monday, October 28, 2013, 6:00 pm, Pedro's Restaurant, North River.

The annual garden party was held on July 24 at the home of Katie Denman in Summerside. 

The annual general meeting for the PEI Home Economics Association was held on Monday, May 27 at UPEI (3rd floor). Member enjoyed a pot luck supper and guest speaker  Professor Ian Dowbiggan who spoke on "The Rise of Marriage and Family Therapy in the 20th Century."

On World Home Economics Day Celebration, March 21, 2013,  Janet Boswell shared information on the G'Ma Circle of Charlottetown.

Ho Ho Home Economics Auction 2012 - Monday, November 26 at Central Queens United Church in Hunter River, with auctioneer Erskine Smith. 

Exam Week Care Packages for Students  were packaged on December 5th (International Volunteer Day!), in the new Health Sciences Building at UPEI and distributed to students in the Applied Human Science department.

The 2012 Semi-Annual General Meeting was held on October 17, 2012 at the Historic Maplethorpe Café in Bedeque. Guest speaker Teri McComber, RD, a UPEI MSc student will discussed the SNAP program, a study on changes since the implementation of new school nutrition policies in 2006.

The Inside Scoop on Canadian Food Labels - Monday August 27, 2012 – Location: Milton Community Hall, North Milton PE  professional home economist and UPEI graduate Allison Jorgens whose book "Read it With a Grain of Salt" can protect you from manipulative marketing tactics and regulatory loopholes and can help you make healthier food choices held a workshop and book signing. 

Garden Party – Heather (Henry) MacDonald hosted the annual Garden Party on Wednesday, July 25 (rain date, Thurs., July 26) at her home. A small crowd had a lovely visit and enjoyed the beautiful grounds and home.

The Annual General Meeting was May 23 at UPEI.  Members enjoyed the interesting Show and Tell program are asked to "Show and Tell"  where we learned of many new passions, activities, adventures or home ec-y ideas! 

World Home Economics Day was celebrated on the evening of Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the new building at UPEI which houses the Applied Human Sciences Department. Charlene VanLeewan spoke of her family's trip to Kenya, and the links between the UPEI Department of Applied Human Sciences. A very enjoyable evening! 

150 Exam care packages were made and distributed to the students in the Applied Human Sciences Faculty at UPEI on December 5, 2011 - International Volunteer Day.  

A very successful HO HO Home Economics was held Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Central Queens United Church. Over $1600 was raised to help support the Doris M. Anderson Award.

PEI Home Economics Association Annual Meeting - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Papa Joe's Restaurant in Charlottetown. Guest speaker is Dr. Lori Weeks - sharing information from her recent trip to Sweden - "Similarities and Differences in Family Life from a Global Perspective."

Home Economists, Family Science graduates, dietitians and like minded professionals attended the PEI Home Economics Association Annual Garden Party on Tuesday July 26th at the home of Katie Denman.

Annual Meeting - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Dalton Hall Dining Room, UPEI. Members and guests enjoyed learning about how newcomers to PEI adapt to life here.

World Home Economics Day was celebrated with a fantastic presentation about Food Security in Kenya with UPEI Food and Nutrition Students Kaylynne Parkes and Christina Tucker on March 21, 2011.
The HOHOHOme Ec Auction was held on Thursday, November 25th at the Central Queens United Church in Hunter River at 7:00 p.m. Auctioneer Erskine Smith led the fast and furious bidding for the variety of items.  Proceeds help fund the Doris M. Anderson award.  

The PEIHEA semi annual general meeting was October 27th, 2010 at UPEI. Guest speaker Kelly Robinson (from the Community Legal Information Association) shared information about family law.  The CLIA -PEI website is a valuable source of information. 

Annual Garden Party

The 2010 Annual Summer Garden Party was held at member Heather Henry MacDonald's new home in Charlottetown on August 5th. Members and guests enjoyed a lovely visit in the spectacular gardens. 

Annual Ho Ho Home Economics Auction
The 2009 HO HO HO Auction was held on Monday, November 30 at the Central Queens United Church on Rte 2 in Hunter River.  Auctioneer Roger Younker helped the group raise about $1200! See you next year!
The proceeds from the auction are used to fund the Doris M. Anderson Award.
Check this page for a list of auction items. Previous years have seen smelt fishing adventures with Elmer Williams, cottage nights, handcrafts, delectable food, and tickets to events on the auction block.

The Ho Ho Ho Auction is a great opportunity to get ready for Christmas!
The annual Summer Garden Party is another highlight of the year.