The Human Rights Education - Joanne Mackie Award is directed to providing financial support to home economics teachers for the pursuit of student learning about local and global human rights issues. This award can be used to build student knowledge about local and global citizenry in the context of home economics related projects. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) can serve as an inspiration and guidepost for the development of a project for the home economics classroom. ( Canadian middle or secondary school home economics/human ecology/family studies educators are encouraged to apply.

Joanne Mackie

Throughout her life, Joanne Mackie was a strong advocate for home economics/family studies education and leadership. During her 35-year career as an elementary school teacher, and later in retirement, Joanne was a dedicated member and volunteer for the Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators' Association (OFSHEEA). She served two terms as President of OFSHEEA. She was also instrumental in archiving documents for many local and national home economics associations and these documents are now safely stored in National and Provincial Archives. IFHE was a very special organization to Joanne. She travelled to meetings around the world representing Canada and OFSHEEA. In 2014, she was the main organizer of the very successful IFHE Council meeting in London, Ontario. Additionally, Joanne made several trips to Swaziland (now Eswatini) to assist with the development of home economics programs specific to that region. Joanne's work with the Hamilton Home Economics Association in Tanzania helped local groups bring attention to the importance of education for girls and the contributions of women in the workplace. Joanne was a truly great home economics ambassador for Canada and a very strong advocate for the principles and philosophy of home economics and for human rights all over the globe.


Up to $5,000 may be granted annually. More than one award award of lesser value may be granted.


  • Applicant must be a home economics/human ecology/family studies teacher.
  • The project must provide direct benefit to students' human rights learning in conjunction with the home economics curriculum and not be used for ongoing needs and costs.
  • The project needs to show growth in student understanding and appreciation about global citizenry in the context of home economics.

Examples of Grants

  • Develop and understanding and appreciation of local or world cultures by learning about cultural foods, textile arts and/or family dynamics. (e.g. traditional methods to prepare foods, forms of textile decoration, family and community practices and/or celebrations)
  • Supplies for local human rights related projects that will benefit the local community. (This might include but not be limited to food costs or fabric costs for a project addressing a local human right issue such as food insecurity or lack of clothing or clothing related items.)
  • Funding to cover honoraria for local elder(s)/expert(s) to visit the classroom to share knowledge about human rights issues or to connect virtually with an expert.
  • Funding to cover local transportation costs and admission to a museum/venue to learn more about the human rights issue.
  • Funding to cover admission for a virtual learning experience at a local museum/venue located outside the students' local community.
  • The project may contain local community involvement outside of the classroom (or may be directed to providing benefit to another classroom at the elementary level).


Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. (Optional: Teachers are able to apply for funding in advance of the semester in which the project will occur.)


Please use the General Application Form.


Submit the completed application electronically as an e-mail attachment in Word to


  • A report and original receipts will be due at the end of the project; any unused funds must be returned.



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