In Memory

Obituary Note - Professor Sidiga WASHI, Ph.D. (1955 - 2018)

International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) President 2016 - 2018

With deepest regret, we say good-bye to IFHE President Prof. Sidiga WASHI (2016 - 2018) who suddenly passed away on 3rd October 2018. The IFHE and its members have not only lost a passionate and inspiring leader in the field of Home Economics, they also mourn a strong, intelligent and diplomatic woman, modest for herself and always looking after others’ well-being. Her premature passing is a great loss for her family, the Ahfad University for Women and all IFHE Members around the world. The Federation has lost a President whose area of influence spanned the globe.

Sidiga was an expert in the field of Nutrition Education, Community Nutrition and Family Sciences. With a background in Zoology-Chemistry from the University of Qatar, she went on to complete a Ph.D. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education with emphasis on Nutrition, at Iowa State University, USA. Among other accomplishments, Prof. Sidiga WASHI served as Advisory Board Member for the Family and Consumer Sciences Leadership Academy of Iowa State University; as President of the Sudanese Environmental and Nutrition Society; as Chair of the Board for the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa; as Member of the Council for Africa in Democracy and Good Governance, Gambia; as Board Member of Equality Now International, New York.

Sidiga’s professional experience spanned consultancies at Harvard University and UNICEF. She held high ranking academic leadership positions at the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia as well as at the United Arab Emirates University. At the time of her passing, she served as Director for Quality Assurance and Institutional Assessment and as Professor of Community Nutrition at the School of Health Sciences at the Ahfad University for Women in Khartoum, Sudan.

Sidiga’s history with IFHE started as early as 1988 and since then, she participated and presented papers at all IFHE Congresses. Her commitment to the Federation was manifold. She was Chair and Advisor to Organising Committees for IFHE African Regional Conferences in Sudan, in Swaziland and in Cameroon. She acted as Chair of several Programme Committees; served as Vice-President for the Region of Africa on the IFHE Executive Committee, and coordinated an IFHE Representation a forum at the United Nations. In 2014, at the IFHE Council Meeting held in London, Ontario, Canada, she was unanimously voted in as IFHE President-Elect for the period 2014 - 2016. She was installed as the newest IFHE President during Council 2016 held in South Korea. She took over her Presidency during the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 World Congress, and in her inaugural address she pledged to grow the IFHE in membership and programmes, to advance the organisation’s visibility in promoting the discipline of Home Economics globally.

With gratitude, we remember Sidiga’s commitment to the IFHE. We remember the overwhelming hospitality she bestowed on our organisation by hosting the Federation’s recent Council meeting in Khartoum, in the spring of 2018. Those of us who were present at that meeting will remember fondly, the wonderful time we spent during that special time when we shared her professional space with her and her colleagues, at the Ahfad University for Women.

Although modest for herself, Sidiga acted as role model for many women. She influenced the lives of many and always encouraged young people to learn and to study. We will fondly remember her love and dedication to our Federation and Home Economics in general.

The thoughts of the IFHE global family are with Sidiga’s family as well as with her professional family at the Ahfad University for Women in Khartoum. Her sincere devotion and contribution to IFHE will remain in our memories forever.

May your soul rest eternal, dear sister, mentor, friend and colleague!

Expression of Condolences on the sad occasion of the death of
IFHE President Prof. Dr. Sidiga WASHI, Sudan (2016 – 2018)
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Autumn 2018 - Spring 2019

New Organisational and Individual Members

We are happy to announce that IFHE expanded its membership base into China and welcome the Jiangsu Association of Home Economics (JAHE) and the Chinese Federation of Home Economics (CFHE) as new organisational members, as well as Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (GAFCS) in the US.

We also extend a warm welcome to 27 new individual members who joined IFHE since October 2018 in 13 countries.

Acting President Gwendolyn HUSTVEDT in Office

No reflection on the year would be complete without a moment to pause for the sorrows of the year. We mourn the too soon passing of our esteemed President Sidiga WASHI. Our hearts go out to the many families who have lost someone they love in a senseless act of violence.

Stepping up for Leadership
I was serving in the role of President-Elect at the time of the passing of President WASHI. From the moment I was informed of the situation, my concern was to everything necessary to assist the EC and the Executive Director in ensuring that the transition was handled properly.

With the excellent support of Annette PTASSEK, who researched the legal and administrative requirements with the help of Margaret JEPSON, IFHE Requirements were identified and the correct process implemented (EC Meeting and Officers Meeting) with the aid of President of Honour Geraldene B. HODELIN who chaired the transition meeting.

Following my appointment by the EC as Acting President, I provided the IFHE Office with every assistance required to finalise the legal change in leadership.

Gwendolyn HUSTVEDT, IFHE Acting President (2018 – 2020)

In Memory

Joanne MACKIE (1940 - 2018), Canada

Submitted by Marilyn Weber, IFHE Liaison Canada

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Joanne MACKIE (IFHE Canada) who passed away on 21st December 2018 after complications from heart bypass surgery.

During her 35 year career as an elementary school teacher and in retirement, Joanne continued to be a dedicated member and volunteer for many professional organisations. She was an inspiration to all Home Economists and teachers as she encouraged us to join and become involved in professional organisations – International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE), Canadian Home Economics Association (CHEA), Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA), Ontario Family Studies/Home Economics Educators’ Association (OFSHEEA), Hamilton Home Economics Association (HHEA) and other teaching organisations. She served two terms as president of OFSHEEA and dedicated time and advocacy for Home Economics Education in the elementary schools. Joanne was also instrumental in archiving documents for all of these associations and they are now safely stored in National and Provincials Archives.

IFHE held a very special place for Joanne as she travelled to Councils, Congresses, and Annual Meetings around the world, at her own expense, representing Canada and OFSHEEA (where she was involved with a special twinning partnership with Swaziland in Africa.). In 2014 she was one of the main organisers of the very successful IFHE Council Meeting in London, Ontario.  She loved those travel times and the many friendships she made around the world. She was truly a great ambassador for Canada and a very strong advocate for the principals and philosophy of Home Economics at all levels.

A memorial service for Joanne was held on January 4, 2019 at her church in Georgetown, ON. It was a beautiful celebration of her life attended by a full church of family and friends paying homage to this wonderful lady. An amalgamation of 2 choirs to which she belonged sang her favourite hymns and we all recited together the following prayer which so aptly captured Joanne’s life and her passion for Home Economics and family: “We especially give thanks for her love and devotion to her family, friends and her church; as well as her dedication to her students, and a host of causes benefiting others. We recall the importance she placed on nutrition; her love of her profession as a Home Economics teacher, quilting, sewing and gardening. We remember Christmas cakes, handmade gifts, and gifts of books and magazines; the care she took in keeping in touch with family and friends; her time in Swaziland where she helped to set up a Home Economics programme; her research into her family tree; her work as an archivist for many of her associations, as well as the importance she placed on buying Canadian products including purchasing cars made in her birthplace, Oshawa. We are inspired by Joanne’s genuine caring interest in others and their stories, her compassionate use of her time, gifts and financial resources, her strength, independence and strong beliefs – knowing what she stood for and what was important, her sharp wit and sense of humour and Joanne balanced the need for progress as it benefitted others, with an active honouring of the past.”

Joanne will be greatly missed for her tireless interest, enthusiasm and devotion to the study and practice of Home Economics.  Our condolences go out to her loving family and her many friends and colleagues around the world.  She will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.

The link to her obituary is

Anna-Lise STRØJER (1953 - 2018), Denmark

Submitted by Franziska HONEGGER, IFHE Vice-President Region of Europe

Anna-Lise STRØJER, IFHE Member since 2006

Sadly longstanding IFHE Member and former Danish Country Liaison Anna-Lise STROEJER passed away 19th December 2018 after a long period of illness. Anna-Lise was a passionate Home Economist and supported IFHE in many ways. Among these as board member of the European region.

Personally I have many fond memories of time spent with her. I’ve got to know Anna-Lise at the IFHE World Congress in Melbourne 2012, where we cycled around the city in a post congress activity. In Toronto we discovered together local food at farmers markets and in her hometown Copenhagen she introduced me to world’s best chocolate cake.

Thank you Anna-Lise!

Florentine MC COY, Antigua & Barbuda

Submitted by Audrey JONES-DRAYTON, IFHE Liaison Caribbean

My dear colleagues and friends,

News reached us that, Mrs Florentine MC COY, President of Honour, CAHE, 1993 - 1997 has transitioned to eternity.

The President, Executive Leadership Team and Membership of the Caribbean Association of Home Economists (CAHE) Inc. extend sincerest condolences to her sorrowing relatives, the Home Economics fraternity in her homeland Antigua and Barbuda, the CAHE family, Old Farmers and those whose lives she would have touched.

Mrs MC COY presided over one of the most active periods of the Caribbean Association of Home Economists Inc. and leaves a twenty-one-point legacy.

May her precious soul Rest In Peace!

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