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World Home Economics Day celebration, 
Saturday 16 March 2013

While the United Nations has set 21 March as World Home Economics Day, HEIA(Q) commemorated and toasted the day on 16 March. The day was celebrated with a delicious brunch at The Landing, Dockside, where clear skies, bright sunshine and a view of the Brisbane River provided a delightful setting for the occasion.


The morning began with a welcome from MC, HEIA(Q) member Aileen Lockhart, to the 38 guests and members attending the celebration, including guest speaker Professor Donna Pendergast, the six 2013 recipients of King & Amy O’Malley Trust scholarships and King & Amy O’Malley Trust scholarship panel members Melinda Service and Meredith Gleadhill. All present were acknowledged for their loyalty to the profession of home economics.

Although the day required giving up the Saturday morning sleep-in, it was a great opportunity to congratulate the O’Malley scholars, honour retiring HEIA(Q) Committee of Management member Denise McManus, hear about Professor Donna Pendergast’s research, attend the HEIA(Q) 2013 Annual General Meeting and catch up with colleagues.


HEIA(Q) member Professor Donna Pendergast began the morning with an address entitled Global megatrends—actively creating preferred home economics futures. Donna explained that global megatrends focus on the big picture and can be used as a methodology to look to the future strategically (


She spoke about the ten megatrends identified as society moves towards 2020: ageing, globalisation, technical development, prosperity, individualisation, health and environment, acceleration, network organisation and urbanisation. She explained that future-proofing the home economics profession is necessary to ensure a sustainable vision for both the profession and members of the profession, and that, as home economists, we need to adapt and engage with the megatrends as a way forward.


A delightful brunch was then served as the King & Amy O’Malley Trust scholarship recipients—Pepita Bennett, Fiona Gunthorpe, Emily Kramer, Poly-Anna Retnolds, Helen Vidgen and Terasa Wedley—were presented with their awards by Melinda Service and Meredith Gleadhill. Melinda spoke about the positive future of school-based Home Economics due to the high calibre of scholarship winners training to be teachers at present.


The morning concluded with a toast to World Home Economics Day followed by some essential social networking of members.