The Health Protection (Gwen E. Leslie Memorial) Lecture is to take the form of a plenary lecture/presentation. Any home economics association or post-secondary educational institution in Canada may apply.

Gwen E. Leslie, a 1955 graduate of the University of Manitoba, worked as a home economist for 30 years. For 12 years, from 1975 until her death in December 1985, she was Regional Consultant, Educational Services (Central Region), with the Health Protection Branch of Health and Welfare Canada in Winnipeg and active in home economics associations locally, provincially and nationally. She counted many home economists among her friends. Following her death, members of Gwen’s family wished to perpetuate her association with public education in her professional field. They funded an annual lecture to take place at the CHEA conference. It is administered by the Canadian Home Economics Foundation (CHEF). Since the dissolution of CHEA in December 2003, the lecture sites have been changed and more than one lecture may be held annually.


The total grant funding available each year is $3,000.


  • The lecture is to take the form of a plenary lecture/presentation.
  • The session topic must be related to a current health protection issue (food, health, nutrition, safety, drugs).The speaker would preferably have a national reputation.
  • The session must be open to the public at no charge. A local contact person (a Canadian Home Economics Foundation trustee, if available) will be identified to assist with publicity for the lecture and sending invitations to various groups.
  • The local committee is to plan the lecture content: topic, speaker(s) and budget. The Canadian Home Economics Foundation may be contacted for suggestions or comments prior to sending the application.
  • The conference program details for the session must acknowledge the Gwen E. Leslie Memorial Fund of the Canadian Home Economics Foundation as sponsor. The Foundation must be listed as a sponsor in the appropriate category.
  • A brochure will be prepared and printed by the Canadian Home Economics Foundation for distribution at the session. Information required for the brochure must be sent to the Foundation at least 60 days prior to the session.
  • The chair for the session must acknowledge the support provided by the Canadian Home Economics Foundation. (The conference committee is responsible for the chair.) A representative of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees will give a brief greeting and introduction about the Foundation and the Lecture, and will give a brief tribute to Gwen Leslie immediately preceding the introduction of the presentation speaker.


Applications are received on an on-going basis.

Application Procedure

Submit the completed General Grant Application Form electronically as an email attachment to


A report, itemized invoice (actual costs) and copies of original receipts are required. Payment for sponsorship of the session is generally provided following the lecture.


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