IFHE-- Region of the Americas
Founded in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1908, The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) celebrated its XXI World Congress in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2008. IFHE is an International Non Governmental Organization (INGO) having consultative status with the United Nations and with the Council of Europe. The goal of IFHE is the improvement in the quality of everyday life for individuals, families and households through the management of their resources. The IFHE is headquartered in Bonn, Germany with five regional organizations--Asia, Africa, Europe, Americas, and Pacific.
All of us in the Region of the Americas thank Geraldene Hodelin, Jamaica, for her outstanding leadership and service to the IFHE, through her term of office as President of the International Federation for Home Economics (2008-2012). We look forward to her continuing participation in the region.
Dr. Geraldene B. HODELIN is the first Caribbean home economist to be elected President of the International Federation for Home Economics. Dr. HODELIN is a two time graduate of the University of Minnesota with a MA in Home Economics Education and a Ph.D. in Education. Her undergraduate work was completed at Ryerson University and Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto. She is recognized as a distinguished educator in Jamaica and up to August 2007 was the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica. Currently she is Associate Professor and Director of the recently established U Tech Academy located in Trelawny.
Leadership for the Brazilian Home Economics Association.
Canada hosted the IFHE Council
Meetings in 2014 For a report of the Council (click
For a report of the Council (click ) here.
Connecting with Home Economists
in Latin America
One of the goals of the region is to expand the network of home economists/family consumer scientist in the region. However, since titles vary greatly from country to country, of special interest is contacts with professionals with similar training or work roles. Mouth to mouth communications is urged as professionals make contact with each other. Dues in the Federation are reduced for professionals from less economically developed nations, therefore membership in IFHE is encouraged. Also a special database is being developed to list professionals in the region with similar training. Such a database can encourage communications and the exchange of ideas. To participate in the database, contact Joanne Pearson <firstname.lastname@example.org>