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Culinary Arts Students Help Out at Canada Winter Games

26 culinary arts students from Northwest Community College (NWCC) will be traveling to the Yukon later this month to assist Yukon College, the hospitality host, in feeding the athletes, coaches and mission staff of this years Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon. The athletes coming to the Games are among the top amateur athletes in Canada. They will be competing for a total of 1,122 medals in 22 sports. For them, the Canada Winter Games is a qualifying event for the Olympic team. NWCC's culinary students will be joining students from four other institutions - Thompson Rivers University, Northern Lights College, Yukon College, and Malaspina University College - to provide hospitality service to the Athlete's Village. As a team the students will work over 100 hours each during the two weeks of the Games (February 23 - March 10), will serve about 6,000 meals a day, and prepare over 85,000 meals in total. "To be part of an event of this scale is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students," explains NWCC Culinary Arts Program Coordinator, Randy Chalifoux. "Their participation will not only provide them with unique work experience but will also give them valuable interpersonal skills as they work with and among new people in a busy and demanding environment." Chalifoux himself has been part of an event this size back in 1978 when he was part of the hospitality services of the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. He will be leading NWCC's student team with the assistance of NWCC Terrace Cafeteria Cook, Erbert Operana. The Games Host Society has given the students the same status as the athletes to move around during the Games. During their off hours students will be able to participate in recreational activities at the Athletes' Village, view athletic competitions and experience the amenities, sights and attractions of Whitehorse. NWCC's student team members come from all around the college region - Haida Gwaii, Port Simpson, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kincolith, Kitwanga, Morristown, Hazelton, Smithers, Houston - and as far away as Fort Simpson in the Northwest Territories. "Our students are part of an historical first - the first time public post-secondary educational institutions have collaborated to provide food services for the Canada Winter Games," explains NWCC President, Stephanie Forsyth. "This collaboration illustrates how, through working together, we are enhancing the educational experience within each of our institutions and the many ways in which we actively support each other." Students leave Terrace for Whitehorse on February 19th and return March 21st.

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