Five students were recognized at the Canadian Hospitality Foundation Gala

Hospitality students won scholarships from Canada-wide organization

Image of Joseph Douglas is receiving an award from Paul Glover, a chair of CHF at the gala event

Joseph Douglas is receiving an award from Paul Glover, a chair of CHF | Photo: Aliona Kuts / The Dialog

Recognizing guests at the annual Canadian Hospitality Foundation (CHF) gala might have been challenging this year, given wearing a mask was a requirement.

The Gotham City themed masquerade saw a lot of guests opt for a classic black mask, but there were a few plague doctors and Batmans walking around and even one Hannibal Lectеr.

As part of the event, CHF’s annual scholarship awards ceremony took place. Five George Brown students were among the winners.

“I didn’t actually think I would win, because there were so many applicants,” said Santasha McNabb-Moore, a second-year culinary management student, after receiving a Garland Canada-Manitowoc Foodservice Culinary two-
year scholarship.

McNabb-Moore, who finished her externship at Biff’s Bistro the day before the event, said her ultimate goal is to create a program for children and teach them about healthy eating. “Being able to help others is very important for me.”

Joseph Douglas, a freshman of a two-year hotel management program, won a CHF John E. Coles Hospitality Management Scholarship.

Douglas, who has worked in the hospitality industry for a long time, could not even imagine going back to school. “I didn’t think it was possible, but I feel wonderful at least starting it off successfully,” said Douglas.

He chose George Brown College (GBC) for its great reputation in the hospitality industry: “I grew up in the industry knowing George Brown is the place to go.” He said professors in the academic upgrading program boosted his confidence a lot. “The only way you can lose is by not trying,” said Douglas.

“It’s good to know that I have support paying for my tuition,” said Jozelle Thomas-Nakacisa, a winner of Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event Management Scholarship. A special events planning student, Thomas-Nakacisa plans to find a job in a non-profit organization or a corporate company doing events.

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Five students were recognized at the Canadian Hospitality Foundation Gala