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Empowering through Education

Inclusion happens when everyone is able to use their God-given gifts to contribute within their community. Our college training programs provide the skills and resources that empower people with exceptional needs to play an active role and pursue their dreams.

Introduction to Culinary Skills Experience


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  • 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Have a developmental disability
  • Curious interest to work in food services industry OR learn some basic cooking skills
  • Ability to work semi-independently
  • Ability to obtain or have access to transportation
  • Available for classes from July 15, to August 30, 2019 Monday thru Friday – 10 AM TO 4 PM


A sample of program outcomes:

  • Gain understanding of basic kitchen cleanliness and sanitation
  • Identify various culinary equipment
  • Learn correct knife skills
  • Identify various ingredients
  • Listening skills
  • How to work as part of a team
  • Safety practices in the kitchen
  • Property hygiene when cooking
  • Post cooking clean up
  • Learn how to make soup, sandwiches, salads, breakfast cookery and dessert

Application Inquiries:

Monica Leavoy, Program Manager

Christian Horizons: The Link




Culinary Skill Development & Employment Program


This culinary program, a partnership between Humber College and Christian Horizons, provides specific skill based career outcomes in securing paid employment opportunities in the culinary field. The program also encourages inclusion in the education via the teaching by a college culinary chef instructor and local business communities by way of a variety of job placements.

Inclusion through Culinary Skill Development and Employment provides persons with developmental disabilities the opportunity to gain culinary education and practical hands on job skills training within environments that encourage them to live their full work potential. The goal is to equip students to have a substantial advantage for successful employment in entry level food establishments. 

The maximum number of students in the program is 15

Participants who successfully complete the program will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the specific job-related knowledge they learned, such as Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, Ministry of Labour-Health and Safety Awareness, on-the-job safety, teamwork and following directions.

  • Pass certification in Safe Food Handling, Emergency First Aid, Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHIMIS)

  • Demonstrate job success and “soft” skills such as professionalism, positive attitude, good work ethic and appropriate workplace behavior.

  • Use the learned skills to improve employability and retain employment after they are hired.

  • Meet the standards of learning as set out by Humber College Culinary School.

For those who seek to complete this program, it will allow them the opportunity to live as independently as possible and support their inclusion at a level previously unattainable. The training and education component through Humber College will make a significant difference in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities.

Program Eligibility:  

  • 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant 
  • Have a developmental disability 
  • Desire to work full time, part time or be self-employed in the food industry 
  • Ability to work semi-independently 
  • Ability to obtain or have access to transportation (to work placements, Humber College North Campus) 

For more information
, please contact: 

Mary Lou Kelly
Employment Coordinator
Phone: (647) 278-6964

Nicole Michell
Program Manager
Phone: (416) 417-0203

A Better Slice of Life is a powerful documentary based on the journey of people with disabilities gaining their independence by learning practical culinary skills at Humber College

 Algonquin College Program


Christian Horizons (East District, Ottawa) partners with Algonquin College in offering a Kitchen Steward Program.  This 6 month certificate program allows for assisted learning at the Community College level, combined with a supported 12 week career placement. Graduates are provided with a resume and support in seeking paid employment. For further information, please contact Krista Laroda, Program Manager  Cell: 613-859-3688