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Benefits of Membership

 Membership in the Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE) provides many benefits. Some of the key benefits include:
* Use of a Professional Designation - PHEc
* Having a clear Code of Professional Conduct
* Opportunities for Professional Development
* Opportunities for Networking
* News Digest Emails
* Job Notices
* Public Education Projects

 Professional Designation
According to the “Professional Home Economists’ Act”, a person may attain registered status as a Professional Home Economist (PHEc) in Manitoba if they:
·         are trained in the practice of home economics/human ecology
·         have completed the Interim Professional Home Economist (IPHE) program
·         are listed in good standing in the Association register

This legally recognized status is conferred upon professionals who follow the prescribed Code of Professional Conduct and maintain established standards of practice.

The Professional status is intended to ensure the protection of the public from unqualified individuals practising in the area and calling themselves professional home economists, while ensuring that registered Professional Home Economists meet high standards.

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 Code of Professional Conduct
By adhering to an established Code of Conduct (link) you gain instant credibility by demonstrating that you are committed to practising in an ethical and professional manner. A Professional Code of Conduct holds you to a higher standard and gives employers, clients and the public added confidence.

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 Professional Development
Ongoing professional development is vital to ensure that you’re using the most current and up-to-date information. New information is continually being discovered that can impact the work you are doing.

For that reason, MAHE keeps members informed about professional development opportunities that are delivered throughout the province by various organizations. MAHE also, from time to time, hosts its own professional development programs for its members.

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 Networking
Through provincial conferences and local events or meetings, MAHE provides the opportunity for members to network with others in the profession. This provides many important benefits to members such as:
* the opportunity to share information with other professionals who practise in your area
* valuable professional contacts in many varied organizations
* possible job contacts
* development of personal friendships

The online membership directory also allows members the opportunity to contact anyone in the association for information or assistance.

One of the best ways to network is to get involved. MAHE welcomes the involvement and energy that new members can provide. Many opportunities are available for members to participate on committees, the MAHE Board or the Executive.

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 News Digest Emails
Regular New Digest emails are sent out to members on a weekly basis. They feature news and articles related to professional practice, members and the Association in a concise and easy-to-read format.

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 Job Notices
MAHE regularly receives job notices relevant to our members. These include student jobs, positions for new professionals, part-time positions and senior managerial positions in a wide variety of organizations throughout the province. MAHE posts these job notices in the Member area of the website and notifies members electronically about new job postings.

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 Public Education Projects
MAHE’s public education projects offer exciting and valuable volunteer opportunities related to the field of home economics/human ecology. These projects are our opportunity to work side by side and demonstrate the work of home economists/human ecologists.

Public Education Projects vary depending on the interest and commitment of MAHE members. MAHE is responsible for two projects, the Home & Family blog and Basic Skills for Living Project (link to FAQ). The Home & Family blog features articles written by home economists, human ecology students and trusted affiliated professionals. Topics include cooking, financial planning, family, clothing, and nutrition. Basic Skills for Living project is a community outreach project providing resources that provide information and educational modules on adult literacy and life skills.

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