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Year: 2001 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Susan Smith

School: Centennial Secondary School
160 Palmer Road
Belleville, Ontario  K8P 4E1

Principal: Catherine Glover
School Telephone: 613-962-9233
School Fax: 613-962-9770
School Website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 10 to 12, parenting, hospitality, special education

Teaching Approach:

  • Although not all students excel academically, every student has unique skills that, with nurturing, allow them to become happy, confident young adults.
  • Challenge young people to perform to the best of their abilities and give them the skills to meet life's challenges.

Outstanding Achievements:

Created a unique program: Young Caterers of Centennial Hospitality Technology. Designed primarily to address needs of high-risk students, this course brings 100 students from all levels together to run a catering company.

  • Program is teacher/student-driven and self-supporting; all revenues are used to purchase new equipment and food supplies.
  • Each student must complete 20 hours of catering functions in the school year; many often volunteer to do more.

Mentoring program within the Young Caterers program pairs high needs and special education students with former hospitality students, which assures their success in mainstream program.

  • Daily hands-on activities requires students to apply concepts from many other disciplines.
  • Students learn to use professional-grade equipment, read and interpret recipes to efficiently use supplies, plan and organize themselves and their teams, problem solve, accept both praise and criticism in a mature way and interact with the public.
  • Students also learn business management, bookkeeping and many other marketable skills.

The Young Caterers have an outstanding reputation in entire region, and handle more than 200 functions a year. Graduates of program have moved on to co-op placements, employment and post-secondary studies in the hospitality industry.

Rave Reviews:

Students enter the program with many needs; few finish without most of them having been met. Community business person

If [what I decided to do] turned out to be a success, she would commend me, if I failed she would pick me up and ask if I had learned any of 'life's little lessons.' My own hope is to someday be able to help someone as she helped me. Former student