“A Better Slice of Life” Premieres at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

“A Better Slice of Life” Premieres at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

See the journey of people with developmental disabilities realize choice and a chance to follow their dream

Toronto, Ontario – February 29, 2016 – Join us for the premiere of "A Better Slice of Life", a powerful documentary based on the journey of people with disabilities gaining their independence by learning practical culinary skills. 

Last year, a partnership between Christian Horizons and Humber College resulted in an innovative nine-month program that combines teaching in-class soft skills with hands-on culinary training and job placement experience for people with developmental disabilities. 

“This program could be used as a model in other educational institutions, as well as in industries beyond culinary. Canada's challenge is this - give people with disabilities the opportunity to develop their innate potential and become contributing members of their community.” - From A Better Slice of Life website

“If we are to support addressing poverty reduction for people with disabilities, many partners will need to come to the table and actively participate in the outcomes… not from charity but from a proven business perspective – it makes good business sense.” - Irene Moore, Area Manager, Christian Horizons

“This program is important because it offers the students an opportunity to develop the culinary skills to become employment ready. It prepares students to obtain work and to engage within the community, while enhancing their self-esteem and building their confidence.”  - Gina Antonacci, Dean of the School of Social and Community Services

The doors will open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. for the documentary screening event. 


Event: A Better Slice of Life

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Time: Reception: 6:00 p.m. (by invite only, media welcome); 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location:         Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - Main Theatre (506 Bloor Street West, Toronto)

Cost: Free

More information: http://abettersliceoflife.com/

 

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students and 23,000 part time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 160 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 800 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca

About Christian Horizons

Founded in 1965 as a non-profit, faith-based charitable organization, Christian Horizons serves people with exceptional needs in Canada, and in developing countries around the world through Christian Horizons 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. In 2015, Christian Horizons began operating in Saskatchewan, funded by the Ministry of Social Services. Established in 1990, Christian Horizons 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. For more information: christian-horizons.org or chglobal.org.

For more information:

Paul Nguyen
Humber College
416.675.6622 ext. 5861
paul.nguyen@humber.ca

Sara Laux
Humber College
416.675.6622 ext. 5778
sara.laux@humber.ca

Cindy Winegarden
Christian Horizons
519-650-0966 ext. 3307
cwinegarden@christian-horizons.org