When the local hospitality industry gathered this past spring for its first awards gala, it also created opportunities to support the academic pursuits of Georgian College Hospitality and Tourism students.
The Simcoe Region of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) has donated the proceeds from its inaugural Simcoe Hospitality Awards Gala to student scholarships.
The gala, co-chaired by Daniel Clements, Academic Program Technologist in Georgian’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, and Sylvia Biffis from Nottawasaga Inn Resorts, raised $15,000. Six $2,000-awards will be created and the remaining funds will support honorariums.
John Cunningham, Georgian professor and Founding Chair of ORHMA Simcoe Region, says the gala was hosted to achieve three goals: to bring together and recognize key stakeholders and contributors to the region’s hospitality and tourism community, to strengthen the voice of the regional hospitality and tourism community, and of course, to raise scholarship funds to support Georgian’s hospitality students.
Cunningham, Biffis and Clements all hope this becomes an annual event that will continue to celebrate the industry and support future students.
Both Cunningham and Clements are alumni of Georgian College. Biffis and the Nottawasaga Inn Resort have been steadfast supporters of Georgian College over the years, providing numerous co-operative education and career development opportunities for Hospitality and Tourism students.
The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is Canada’s largest provincial non-profit industry association that represents the interests of Ontario’s foodservice and accommodation sectors. ORHMA is dedicated to fostering a positive business environment for Ontario’s hospitality and tourism industry, while providing value-added services to its members. ORHMA represents more than 11,000 establishments throughout Ontario. The Simcoe ORHMA region was established in 2008.
Posted Aug. 27, 2013.