Big cheques dished out at Take 5. Twice (12 photos)Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by: Connie Carello
On Thursday evening, TD Canada Trust in collaboration with Sault College and the Sault Chamber of Commerce hosted one of the most well attended Take 5 events.
The event was hosted by the Sault College Hospitality Institute in The Gallery and was in its 16th year.
With a variety of specialty hors d’oeuvres prepared by students in the Culinary and Hospitality Program, the event was an opportunity for students to highlight their skills and present their growth throughout the program.
After announcing his plans to retire, Professor and Coordinator of Culinary/Hospitality Programs at Sault College, Glen Dahl expressed his excitement with the turnout, “The event is not for us but for our students to receive the exposure we would like them to have for all their hard efforts. Everything this evening, down to the coat check, has been done by our students” he said.
“Through the guidance of their professors, the students are able to showcase their talents and receive acknowledgement and prove to potential employers that they are employer-worthy.”
Two students from the program were recognized for their outstanding performance and each were given a scholarship from TD Canada Trust in the amount of $500 dollars.
Twenty-Three year old, Amanda Lee and Twenty year-old David Gignac are both high school graduates from Central Algoma Secondary School who entered the Culinary and Hospitality Program at Sault College with the intention to successfully learn the skills required to achieve their ambitions.
“I always wanted to be a chef,” Gignac said. “Receiving this scholarship has just shown me that my hard work, the school, the hours have been worth it. Now, I intend to travel to Scandinavia to further practice my culinary skills.”
Lee was also excited to receive recognition and is looking forward to putting her skills to use after graduation.
Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the prepared entrees which included bacon wrapped scallops, jalapeño poppers, breaded shrimp and a table full of a wide-array of various desserts which included crapes.
In addition to highlighting the student’s wonderful culinary talents, the Take 5 Event served as an opportunity for members of the Sault Chamber of Commerce to network with one another and discuss potential business ideas and ventures.
A young professional group in association with the chamber known as “Strive,” also made themselves known to the attendees with the intention to provide support services to business professionals between the ages of 19 to 40.
The Take 5 proved to be an exhibit of the exceptional level of education Sault College students in the Hospitality and Culinary program are receiving as well as a demonstration of the young economic growth potential that exists in the community.
Sault College Hospitality student Amanda Lee and Culinary student Daniel Gignac were presented with a $500 cheque from TD Canada Trust at this month’s Take Five event.
In its 16th year, the Take Five networking evening which includes serving a host of appetizers and desserts to a sell-out business crowd is hosted by Sault College Hospitality Institute at The Gallery.
As the title sponsor, TD Canada Trust takes this opportunity to recognize the academic performance of two students in the Culinary and Hospitality programs.
Gignac was touched by the honour this evening and said, “I always knew I wanted to become a chef but wasn’t sure how I would accomplish this goal. I have learned so much from this program and from my teachers. They have taught me that working hard, keeping a positive attitude and being determined are keys to success in this industry.” Lee was equally thrilled with the recognition and looks forward to the future opportunities that await her in the field. “I love working and interacting with people so Hospitality seemed like the perfect fit. I love this program and the hands-on learning experiences it provides me with.”
A highlight among Chamber members, the Take Five event allows Sault College the opportunity to showcase the talents and expertise of Hospitality and Culinary students.
“Along with Take Five, the winter term provides culinary and hospitality students with events including sell-out Gourmet dinners, Gallery Theme night dinners and various community socials,” explains Professor Deron Tett, coordinator of the Hospitality program at Sault College.
Sault College congratulates these award recipients in striving for academic excellence while being dedicated to achieving their personal best.
A sincere thank you to TD Canada Trust, and to all those who support Sault college students.
If you are interested in learning more about the Culinary or Hospitality program at Sault College contact Student Recruitment at 759-2554 ext.2222.
About Sault College
Sault College transforms the lives of students through providing innovative education and training, and granting Ontario College certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees to its graduates.
The College is the largest deliverer of apprenticeship training in all of Northern Ontario.
Sault College has ranked 82.8% in Student Satisfaction, the highest score for a Northern College and second highest score overall in the province. Educating over 4,500 students each year, Sault College has a significant economic impact on the community, with spin-offs in excess of $150 million. Over $2 million dollars in scholarships, bursaries and awards are distributed annually to students at the College.
Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest great lakes on the planet, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario. Visit our website at www.saultcollege.ca to learn more.
About Take Five
Take Five is a monthly networking social that is hosted and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for business members in the community. Sault College and TD Canada Trust have been partnering for sixteen years.
Under the direction of the College professors, students prepare and serve hot and cold appetizers, speciality coffees and desserts in the school’s on-campus Gallery restaurant setting.
This particular Take Five event at Sault College draws record attendance annually.