Ruth Binnie Fellowship

2020 – 2021

Value: $6,000

Honours a founding member of the Nova Scotia Home Economics Association who dedicated her professional life to home economics education. At the time of application, the applicant must be enrolled in masters studies that focus on one or more aspect(s) of the field of Human Ecology/Home Economics/Family and Consumer Studies. Special consideration will be given to those pursuing a postgraduate degree in education. She may be studying abroad.

The evolving studies in Human Ecology include: human nutrition, food science, housing/shelter and aesthetics, architecture, financial resource management, clothing and textiles, family relations, human sexuality, and human development.

2019 – 2020 Winner: LAURA SNOWDON


Laura Snowdon

  • LauraB.Sc. Biochemistry (Hons.), 2014, Queen’s University
  • J.D. (Distinction), 2017, Western University
  • LL.M. International Legal Studies, 2019-2020, New York University

Conscientious objections allow healthcare providers to refuse to participate in medical services to which they are morally or religiously opposed. Laura studies conscientious objections that disproportionately affect women by impeding access to lawful reproductive health services.

Her research examines the constitutional and human rights dimensions of conscientious objections in the context of reproductive healthcare, revealing the interplay between religious freedom, reproductive rights, and equality in access to healthcare.