The Resource for Youth (Patricia J. Hames) Award is directed to developing life skills in Canadian youth through the retention and strengthening of home economics/family studies programs in Canadian schools. The award may also assist in program areas lacking special funding by schools or families. Canadian primary, elementary or secondary school home economics/family studies educators are encouraged to apply to share in these funds.
On October 7, 2017, this award became a designated award with funds provided from the estate of Patricia J. Hames. Dr. Hames was a noted educator and accomplished seamstress who knew no boundaries in making innovative use of technology tools. She embarked on a lengthy career in education, starting with teaching at Loyalist College and Vocational Institute in its first year of operation, and ending with a senior position as a regional representative for Ontario’s Ministry of Education. At the Ministry, her portfolios included aboriginal education, assessment, equity, and family studies. She worked on the Ministry’s regional offices in St. Catharines and London, and assisted school boards and First Nations with curriculum and policy implementation. While pursuing her educational development career, she completed a PhD at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.
The award will provide a maximum of $5,000 per year in grants. More than one grant may be awarded.
Applications will be reviewed twice yearly, with deadlines of November 15 and May 1.
A report and original receipts will be due at the completion of the project; any unused funds must be returned.
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