Unique partnership cooks up employment skills

Unique partnership cooks up employment skills

Windsor, ON - A unique partnership with three organizations and St. Clair College will see 15 students with developmental disabilities have an opportunity to obtain valuable culinary skills that will help them in their search for employment. A partnership has led to the development of an innovative one week course that will give students a Certificate of Participation when the course is completed.

Christian Horizons, Community Living Essex County and Community Living Windsor approached the College a few months ago to launch this innovative program.

Ron Seguin, Vice President International Relations, Training and Campus Development is thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Christian Horizons and Community Living to bring this program to Windsor. “St. Clair College is pleased to support this unique partnership as we both share the same philosophy of access to education for all students,” says Seguin. “The expertise we have in our culinary program will provide a high level of skills training for the students and give them the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment.”

The program runs from Monday, July 4th to Friday, July 8th in the Culinary Lab at the Windsor Campus where students will learn a wide variety of culinary skills giving them the skills they need to find meaningful work in the community.

The course curriculum includes things such as safety practices in the kitchen, identification of various culinary equipment, correct handling of kitchen utensils, how to work as part of a team and more. The five day course starts at 9:30am each day and concludes at 3:30pm. Students will also learn how to make a variety of foods from soup and salads to breakfast cookery and dessert.

Janet Nolan, CEO, Christian Horizons believes that everyone has a unique purpose and God-given gifts. “We support persons with disabilities so they can use their abilities to achieve their goals and contribute to their community. The Culinary course offers students with developmental disabilities not only physical inclusion, but also the opportunity for social inclusion – to experience a sense of belonging, of participating in, and of being accepted and recognized in a community-based environment of learning.”


For more information and to arrange interviews

Ann Hetherington

Director of Marketing


519-819-2066 (mobile)


Cindy Winegarden

Christian Horizons

226-750-1495 (mobile)



About Christian Horizons

Founded in 1965 as a non-profit, faith-based charitable organization, Christian Horizons serves individuals with exceptional needs in Ontario, and in developing countries around the world through Christian Horizons Global (CH Global).

More than 3,000 employees support nearly 2,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families through residential and ancillary programs such as participation supports, employment supports, and supported vacation opportunities.

Christian Horizons has more than 200 residences as well as respite care and independent living locations in Ontario and is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Established in 1990, CH Global works in partnership with local organizations to promote the inclusion and rights of people living in exceptional circumstances in seven developing countries around the world.