December 9, 2020
Your Good News Bulletin
Damian Goulbourne named new Dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
A warm welcome to Damian Goulbourne, Centennial’s new Dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA). Damian brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education, having come from Niagara College where he was the Associate Dean in the Department of Tourism and Sport. He was previously an award-winning professor in Niagara’s Tourism program, where he led distance learning, applied research, internationalization initiatives and curriculum renewal projects. As part of his work, Damian collaborated on tourism-related development projects in India, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, China and Vietnam. Damian’s passion for tourism began when he operated his family restaurant in the late 1980s, leading to marketing supervisor and HR coordinator roles at Marineland. Damian also facilitated the development of sports tourism in Welland, as well as helped establish a conservation centre in Lincoln. Damian is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership at Athabasca University, holds a Business Communications degree from Brock University, and is a Certified Hospitality Supervisor by the American Hotel Lodging Association. Like our President Craig Stephenson, Damian is an avid cyclist. He began his new role at Centennial on November 23.
The Business School earns Humanitarian Champion Award
The Business School has won the 2020 Humanitarian Champion Award presented by Action Against Hunger Canada for the school’s innovative International Development program. Each year, the award is bestowed upon an individual or organization for their exceptional contribution to Action Against Hunger’s mission to fight hunger and its underlying causes worldwide. Through the agency, Centennial students raised funds to provide children in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Bangladesh with therapeutic food, known as “Plumpy'Nut,” that acts as a meal replacement to help malnourished children return to a healthy weight. This outreach, led by Centennial professor Natalie Chinsam, gives students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in tackling global development challenges, and inspires the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Centennial College has raised funds for this work since 2015. The virtual award presentation will take place on Human Rights Day, Thursday, December 10 at 3 pm via Zoom. The media is invited to join using this link.
House of Neighbours collaboration continues to deliver results
The House of Neighbours volunteer group, together with the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts and Place of Reconciliation for All Our Relations, have been working to address food insecurity for under-resourced populations in Scarborough. House of Neighbours (HON), which began with distributing food that was going unused during our campus closure at the start of the pandemic, has since returned a number of times to use Centennial’s kitchens and resourcing to order fresh food that has been packaged on site and delivered by volunteers using COVID-safe best practises. Further partnerships, such as with Eastview Public School, have led to ensuring that food distribution is also occurring within urban Indigenous communities (including Gabriel Dumont Housing) and key relationships have developed between HON founder Mohammed Mohyedin and the College. This work represents an actualization of Centennial’s continued commitment to being an Activist College and building connections with Indigenous communities, as set out in our most recent Book of Commitments.
200 Holiday feast boxes feature traditional ingredients
Further to the collaboration with House of Neighbours, the SHTCA has been approached by Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations Board Chair, Joseph Shawana, with an opportunity to contribute to a holiday food campaign that will support Indigenous people in need. The Culinary Arts Centre at Progress Campus will provide space for volunteers to prepare and package 200 feast boxes that will be delivered by Native Child and Family Services of Toronto ahead of the holidays. Similar to the House of Neighbours initiative, this activity would follow all COVID safety protocols in place for the staff and volunteers involved. Most of the volunteers will be Centennial staff and faculty, with limited external volunteers. This initiative represents a valuable opportunity for Centennial College to support the community and to maintain an important relationship with Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations.
Speaking of Joseph Shawana of ddcx Indigenous Kitchen and Catering, and formerly of Kūkŭm Kitchen, the good chef is now teaching at our School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. As noted, he is creating the 200 feast boxes, each featuring traditional Indigenous ingredients, such as turkey with wild rice and vegetable stuffing, or roasted squash with cranberries, sumac and maple. You can read about the initiative in this Toronto Star story and in Windspeaker. Chef Shawana is also the subject of a profile in Toronto Life, and completed a Zoom interview with the CBC, which resulted in both radio and television news reports about his community outreach work in concert with Centennial College. In addition to teaching, Joseph Shawana is also Centennial’s Indigenous culinary advisor.
Second Black Mentorship cohort partners with Onyx
On December 1, the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion launched the second cohort of Centennial College’s Black Mentorship Initiative. The initiative aims to enhance students’ career potential, identify viable career paths and assist with transitioning from college to meaningful employment. During the dynamic virtual event, more than 70 attendees gathered to gain inspiration from Black industry professionals, learn about the importance of mentorship and connect mentors with mentees. Prior to the event, the GCEI team solidified a partnership with the Onyx Initiative, a Toronto-based non-profit that addresses the pervasive gap that exists in the recruitment of Black college and university students for roles in corporate Canada. Onyx Initiative has received a wealth of corporate, educational and community support from premier partners Bell Canada, TD Bank Group and the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism, founding partner PWC Canada, corporate partner Manulife and media partner BNN Bloomberg.
Also on December 1, the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion partnered with Professor Pamela Richards from The Business School to bring our College community together in a powerful conversation about cultural appropriation and its impacts on Indigenous communities. Indigenous fashion researcher Riley Kucheran shared the importance of Indigenous fashion, unpacked cultural appropriation and its impacts on Indigenous communities by emphasizing the role of fashion as a tool for decolonization.