The Food, Nutrition and Risk Management Diploma offered at the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph is not only unique in its scope, it also provides practical, hands-on training for a wide range of careers in the food industry.
Graduates find careers in food service management in health care, food service and hospitality management, nutrition education and counselling, food and equipment sales, quality assurance, product development, food inspection and food production, and a variety of other areas.
One such outstanding graduate from the class of 2006 is Natasha Quelle. During her time at Kemptville Campus, she was president of the Student Branch of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP), a national association of diverse foodservice professionals, united by their dedication to lifelong learning. They are committed to providing their members with opportunities for fellowship, recognition, and personal growth. CAFP activities focus on networking and education, offering benefits to individual professional and student members, and ultimately all foodservice stakeholders.
At CAFP's 2005 conference in Toronto, Quelle received the ARAMARK Team Leadership Award for dedication, enthusiasm and leadership. ARAMARK is a global leader in professional services, providing food, hospitality, facility management services and uniform and work apparel.
At the 2006 CAFP conference, Quelle was recognized with the ARAMARK Gold Plate Award of $400, in addition to conference registration and transportation expenses. This award has now been established on a national basis to recognize and honour members of CAFP's student branches who, in the opinion of the judges, have shown outstanding qualifications based on the following: scholastic achievement, association involvement, industry experience, student member in good standing, commitment to the industry, and an industry related essay assignment.
And the list of accomplishments continues. Quelle was also awarded the MAFSI bursary of $1000. This award is given to a deserving student enrolled in a school in Canada affiliated with CAFP. Manufacturers' Agents for the Food Service Industry (MAFSI) is a 56-year-old trade association of individual and corporate persons engaged in the sale of food service equipment, supplies, furniture and furnishings.
Quelle officially graduated from the Food, Nutrition and Risk Management program this year, but not without receiving yet another award for high ranking in management studies, demonstrated leadership and professionalism, both academically and in student activities.
The program includes a field placement, and Quelle completed hers with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Victoria, BC. In her second year Quelle was crowned queen during the Kemptville Campus Royal - Open House held in March of this year.
The campus is still accepting applications for the Food, Nutrition and Risk Management Program - September 2006 semester. For more information about the industry and the program, contact program co-ordinator Theo Hunter at 613-258-8336 ext. 314.