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Why I Chose Human Ecology

I grew up in small town rural Manitoba so when I decided to move to the big city to attend university, it was a really big deal. When I was in high school, I really liked my accounting class so naturally I started off with classes that were needed as prerequisites to major in Accounting at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. As luck would have it, I happened to sign up for Dynamics of the Fashion Industry as an elective and I absolutely loved it.

It seemed fitting that I loved Human Ecology because just the Faculty building alone is enough to make you want to stay forever. It just has a friendly warm feeling to it, all of the professors are so friendly and know you by your first name and back in the day, they had the comfiest pink chairs up on third floor that I always wished I could take home with me.

The other reason why I loved Textile Sciences was because I grew up with my Nana teaching me how to sew. When I was born, I was diagnosed with Thrombocytopenia Absent Radii Syndrome, which means I am missing the radius in both of my forearms that makes my arms shorter. So whenever I would get a new shirt or sweater or jacket, my Nana would have to tailor it to make the sleeves shorter. Eventually, she taught me how to sew and some of my favourite memories are sitting in front of her old Singer in her sewing room learning from her years of experience.

After I was accepted into the Faculty and I started pattern development, it never occurred to me that I might have limitations in that class. My instructor asked to meet with me before classes started and she was so accommodating and helpful when there was something that I needed. I had to work twice as long as all of the other students to get things done but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I really like what possibilities Textile Sciences can have. I find functional clothing fascinating. For my final project, I engineered a pair of wheelchair accessible pants that were made for someone who was always in the seated position instead of the standing position. I like things to have purpose and to help out if they can. The four years that I spent studying Textile Sciences were some of my favourite years I have ever experienced in my life and if I could go back and learn it all over again, I would.

Christen Roos is a graduate of the Faculty of Human Ecology with a major in Product Development from the Department of Textile Sciences. She is currently a store manager for a local men’s workwear retailer specializing in Canadian outerwear. Her passions include finding functional clothing for a specific desired end use, raising awareness to people living with disabilities and being obsessed with makeup. Her Feel Good, Look Good outlook on life is her way of finding the positive things in life that make her heart smile.

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Know Your Veggies – is it a sweet potato? A yam?


I love fall and I’m really looking forward to having the fall season instead of what usually happens… sometimes we get summer, then one to two days of wearing cardigans and then, voila, snowstorm in October! So I’m vowing to make the most of autumn and enjoy my outdoor activities in the gorgeous fall setting.

Fall changes the way I think about cooking. My fresh salads from the garden, bruschetta and corn on the cob days are pretty much over but my roasted zucchini, pasta sauce and squash days are just starting. As I was looking for recipes and fall menus I remembered learning about sweet potatoes from Mairlyn Smith last year at the Manitoba Association of Home Economists Conference. Do you know the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? Is your grocery store advertising them properly? I can tell you my regular grocery store definitely does not! Mairlyn gives a few recipes and a very clear explanation of the difference. Check out her post to make sure you are making an informed decision! The most interesting thing is that sweet potatoes are (fairly) local and yams are not.

As a professional home economist, Meghan Rafferty works full time as a Policy Analyst for the provincial government and works part time as a skating coach and clinician. Meghan is the Director of Public Relations for the Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE), MAHE representative on Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and a Chair of the Skating Programs Committee for Skate Manitoba. In her spare time, Meghan keeps training for her next half marathon, loves zumba, reading and playing in her garden.

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Local Veggie Day proclaimed in Manitoba, September 18

Local Veggie Day in Manitoba marks the start of celebrating prairie agriculture throughout the province of Manitoba. With each season of veggie growing, September is a good time to remember the importance of having fresh, locally grown vegetables available in local markets and grocery stores across the province.

Be a part of the inaugural Local Veggie Day. Manitoba Association of Home Economics has proclaimed September 18, 2014, as Local Veggie Day across Manitoba. Local Veggie Day supports the importance of healthy eating, sustainable local agriculture and the practice of Home Economics. Professional Home Economists help families improve their quality of life by teaching skills required to grow, cook, and preserve locally sourced vegetables.

As a proud partner of the Farm to School Manitoba veggie fundraiser please join us and the Honorable Sharon Blady, Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors and the Honourable Ron Kostyshyn, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural development for the Province of Manitoba, in kicking off the fundraiser’s 5th annual season in celebrating Local Veggie Day in Manitoba.

How can you celebrate? Post a photo of your favourite vegetable on our Facebook page or Tweet us at using #MBVeggieDay


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