Expanding on our culinary boundaries and trying new foods was all part of our exciting virtual Food Court Social experience this year. Like the rest of the world in 2020, we had to adapt to the ‘new normal’, so our annual Food Court Social was transformed into a virtual culinary experience, aptly named Food Court Social Distancing. Despite the revamp, the Food Court Social’s goal remained the same; to raise funds for George Brown College’s Augmented Education Program in support of students with mental health and addiction histories.
Food kits were delivered to patrons of Food Court Social Distancing prior to the event. On October 15th, patrons of the Food Court Social Distancing came together online to cook alongside George Brown College’s very own Master Chefs, Chef John Higgins and Chef David Wolfman, and Culinary Arts grad Lolita Richards. Over 120 participants joined to support this great cause, eat delicious food and listen to a live performance by Canadian recording artist, Lu Kala.
We found a new way to stay connected this year and celebrate a great cause that truly makes a difference in the lives of students seeking a second chance. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, over $150,000 net was raised, 100% going to benefit the Augmented Education program. As our communities continue to move into virtual spaces, we thank all those who participated in the event and all of our donors who continue to support our students!
The George Brown College Foundation Team
About The Augmented Education Program
George Brown College’s Augmented Education Program (Aug Ed) helps individuals with mental health and addiction challenges find and maintain employment. Aug Ed gives students the tools to achieve degrees of independence that would otherwise be extremely difficult to attain. Aug Ed provides job-focused education and training as well as post-program placement support.
This program offers two streams of training: the Culinary Skills (Preparatory Training) Program and the Construction Craft Worker Foundations Program. Successful completion of the program affords students their Ontario College Certificate as well as assistance finding jobs relevant to their training.
Aug Ed is offered at no cost to students and is partially funded by the government and by fundraising efforts. As the government provides performance-based funding, this means levels of funding fluctuate year-to-year. The funding raised by the Food Court Social is therefore essential to keeping this exceptional program operational and to help even more persons struggling with mental health and addiction challenges.
The Aug Ed program continues to function and serve its students from a distance during the pandemic, and as such, students still need your help.