Hello lovely friends of mine!
I hope you all had fun with my Mom yesterday; thanks for giving her such a warm welcome! She was pretty nervous about writing her first ever blog post, but I think she did great! Make sure you try out her recipe – it’s a “go to” in our house! In fact, she just made it last night for my Dad and herself
Yesterday was a long day, but a great day! It all began when my alarm went off at 4:30. I got ready within an hour – make up, hair, meals packed in cooler, all that fun stuff – and was on the bus leaving for Toronto at 5:30! I didn’t know of any of my friends going to the conference until I got on the bus where I was greeted by a ton of my best girl friends from Brescia <3
We arrived in Toronto at 8:30 just in time for registration. The conference began at 9:00, so we collected our name tags and then quickly found tables to sit at before the presentations started. The event schedule was the following:
The keynote speakers were two ladies, Ellen and Jenn, from The Manitoba Canola Growers. Their presentation wasn’t anything like I thought it would be! It wasn’t really about canola growing at all; they focused more on the people within The Manitoba Canola Growers and the long lasting relationships that they want to form with all of us who show our passion for what we do! It was truly amazing to listen to these lovely ladies. I was so motivated by the both of them that I introduced myself to them on break and talked to Jenn multiple times throughout the conference! Jenn and Ellen also had us participate in an activity about setting goals and how we plan to achieve them. This activity was very interesting and something new to me, so I would love to go more in depth about it in a future post!
Being The Manitoba Canola Grower’s, the brought canola oil for all of us to sample! So, I was able to taste test different flavours of canola oil!
We had a selection between regular, beet, and vanilla flavoured canola oil. I loved all three, but I think vanilla would have to be my favourite! It was so unique
The morning carried on with another great presentation about red meat (there was a minor change in the schedule shown previously) and then we breaked for lunch!
After lunch, there were more amazing presentations; all which left me feeling motivated and assured me that I am where I need to be. It’s pretty comforting to know that I picked the right career path for myself! I love the excitement I have about my future and attending events such as the 2012 OHEA Conference created that already-built-up-excitement within me to sky rocket.
Throughout the conference there was so much talk about how important being involved within social media is, so I was even more happy (if that’s possible?) about starting this blog <3
The day ended with a cooking demo put on by Mairlyn Smith, a Professional Home Economist and food writer, who appears on many Canadian breakfast TV shows! Mairlyn has one of the best personalities I have ever came across! She had the entire audience roaring with laughter for the whole conference It was a blast!
I am so happy that I signed up to go to this conference I went last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I knew I couldn’t miss out this year!
At the end of the conference, Mairlyn Smith ended the day by saying I wish you all lots of “peace, love, and fibre!” She said that she believes that if we have those three things in our life we will always be
On our way out, we all received take home gifts filled with amazing treats and new to me products! I guess I have a few product reviews to write now, huh!?
Two KRAFT cookbooks, a package of dried herbs, soynut butter, maple flavoured lip balm, Quaker granola bar, two kiju juice boxes, one Enerjive quinoa bar (I can’t wait to try this!), and a Cadbury chocolate bar.
We also received goat cheese from Woolrich Dairy Inc.
I’m off to the gym now, but will be back with a recipe tomorrow! I hope you enjoyed the recap!
How are you spending your Sunday?
Do you like attended conferences having to do with your profession/future career?
Have you ever tried beet or vanilla flavoured oil before? I had no I idea what to expect! The only flavoured oils that I had tried before had been infused with herbs, so the beet and vanilla flavours were definitely new to me!
See you all tomorrow with a tasty breakfast recipe!
Lots of love,