Judith has over 10 years’ of experience in the social work field and knowledge in supporting people who live with a variety of challenges. Over those years she has provided a wide range of services to diverse populations from multiple perspectives while developing and facilitating educational and employment workshops. She has exceptional skills and knowledge working with clients from various ethno-cultural and socio-economic groups to overcome employment barriers including persons living with mental illness and developmental disabilities. In June 2014, Judith joined Christian Horizons for the 1 year culinary pilot program between Christian Horizons and Humber College. She provides support in the kitchen lab to the students and works as part of the employment team teaching soft skills and meeting with students in their placements.
As a recent graduate of the Developmental Services Worker program at Humber College, Shannon works as an Employment Coordinator at Christian Horizons. One aspect of Shannon’s work includes supporting students in the culinary arts program in partnership with Humber College. Shannon lives out her belief that having a disability should not exclude anyone from having the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of their life, including access to education and employment. Through programs like culinary arts, persons with disabilities of all ages and abilities are well prepared and educated to enjoy a life of employment.
Nicole has served with Christian Horizons for more than 20 years in various roles and capacities. In her current role as the Program Manager of non-residential supports, Nicole is thrilled to be a part of the unique partnership with Humber College in creating educational and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. She knows that the impact of working together across sectors is a vital part of the process to influence change within Ontario. Inclusion occurs when all people have equal access to further education and technical hands on skills necessary to obtain not just a job, but to increase marketability toward a desired career path within the workforce.
Mary Lou Kelly
Mary Lou Kelly has worked at Christian Horizons for 12 years, most recently as an Employment Coordinator. She currently works with students who have developmental disabilities in the culinary arts program in partnership with Humber College. Mary Lou is passionate about equality for people with disabilities and believes that every person has the fundamental right to education and employment and must be given the opportunity to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of learning for future employment and integration in society.
Janet Nolan, CEO
Janet Nolan is the Chief Executive Officer of Christian Horizons. Since 1989, Janet has had the opportunity to support people living with disabilities, both in Canada and around the world. Christian Horizons is the largest service provider for those with developmental disabilities in Ontario, and globally, impacts over 300,000 lives. Janet has witnessed incredible stories of success; stories that show the triumph of the human spirit when given opportunity and resources. Janet has worked in communities where people with exceptional needs are embraced and valued for their full citizenship. She has supported families with complex challenges that are strengthened because they received timely and committed resources.
Janet is energized and encouraged by the difference that the Humber College Culinary Art partnership is making in the lives of many people with disabilities right here in Ontario. A special thanks to all those who are involved in this wonderful program!
Irene has served in Christian Horizons for more than 25 years. She has negotiated contracts with the federal government to provide employment readiness programs for people with intellectual disabilities as well as an employment support center in rural Ontario. As an Area Manager in Toronto, Irene ensures the quality and compliance of services exceed agency and ministry expectations while upholding the vision, mission and values of Christian Horizons. Irene is an agency representative on the Humber College advisory committee for the Developmental Services Worker program, further solidifying a more than 25 year relationship with Humber College. Leveraging that relationship, Irene worked with JoAnne Nugent, Coordinator, Developmental Services Worker Program and DSW Apprenticeship Program, Humber College and Gina Antonacci, Dean, School of Social and Community Services Humber College to realize her vision of the post-secondary job skills education culinary program. This unique 9-month culinary learning employment program is designed specifically for people with intellectual disabilities to fulfill their goal to work in the food service industry. The program is comprised of in-class soft skills, three days of placement and in-lab teaching at Humber’s North Campus.
Chef Robert Whyte
Chef Whyte is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Liaison College (2002). He has worked as a chef at: the InterContinental Hotel, Yorkville, The Black Dog Bistro and the Red Pump, Bayfield, Ontario.
Chef Michael Teune
Canadian born Chef Michael Teune started his career in a small Italian restaurant outside of Toronto.
Since then he has travelled the world, working in five star restaurants and hotels in France and Australia.
Within Canada, Michael has crossed the country, working at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the west and the Rodd Crowbush Resort in P.E.I. in the east.
Michael has also spent some time working at sea, for the six star ultra-deluxe cruise line, Regent Seven Seas. He began as a Chef de Partie and worked his way through the ranks to Chef du Cuisine, overseeing a brigade of 82 chefs.
Michael returned to Canada in 2005 as Executive Chef at the prestigious, Greystone Golf Club in Milton, Ontario, which ranks thirty fourth in Canada, and is one of thirty-two ClubLink Properties. Michael is a graduate of the Cook Apprentice program at Humber College.
Jo Anne Nugent, Ed.D
Coordinator, Developmental Services Worker Program and DSW Apprenticeship Program, Humber
Previous to her employment at Humber, Jo Anne worked for 3 developmental services agencies and the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Jo Anne has published several books including a Handbook on Dual Diagnosis, a Handbook on Prader Willi Syndrome and Setting the Stage for Successful Behaviour. She provides private training across Canada on dual diagnosis and Applied Behaviour Analysis. As a volunteer, Jo Anne is the Chair of the Education Subcommittee of the CWNSC and the Chair of the Research, Education and Evaluation Committee of the CNSC. She also belongs to the DSW Apprenticeship Industry Committee of the Ontario College of Trades and the Developmental Services Special Interest Group of OADD. Jo Anne is the recipient of the Frank J. Menolascino Award for Excellence, the NADD Ontario President’s Award, the Mary Neville Award from Peel Children’s Centre, The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario Peel Branch Week of the Child Award, the Humber College Distinguished Faculty Award, and the NISOD Excellence Award.
Rudi Fischbacher, Associate Dean
Chef Fischbacher was born and trained in Austria. He received his MBA from the University of Guelph in Hospitality and Tourism. A few highlights from his culinary career are listed below:
Susan Somerville, Dean
Susan is a Registered Dietitian with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Dietetic Internship completed at the Royal Columbian Hospital in British Columbia.
Susan has over 20 years of experience in the field of dietetics. She has held a variety of administrative roles in healthcare foodservice in both British Columbia and Ontario. Susan has also worked with leading contract foodservice companies including Cara Operations and Compass Group on projects across Canada.
Susan owns SDS Management Solutions - an active consulting business. She provides nutrition and food service expertise to businesses, hospitals, schools and individuals.
Gina Antonacci, Associate Vice President, Academic
Gina Antonacci provides academic leadership to certificate, diploma and degree programs in Criminal Justice, Human Services and Fire Services. Gina’s goal is to develop and empower students — to serve their community or country, to protect the public or to support people in crisis.
Her career began as a probation and parole officer in Toronto with Ontario’s (then) Ministry of Correctional Services. She moved to the ministry’s training branch as a senior staff development officer, where she remained until she joined Humber College as a faculty member in the Law and Security Administration and Police Foundations programs. Gina has an undergraduate degree in criminology (University of Toronto), a masters degree in criminal justice administration (Niagara University) and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Toronto.
A partnership project between
Humber School of Social & Community Services and Humber School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism and Christian Horizons.