Camosun Hospitality Students bring fine dining to community shelter Our Place

Camosun College

A dynamic team of sharply dressed hospitality students from Camosun College prepared a delicious dinner of herb encrusted pork loin with autumn squash puree, green beans and roasted potatoes for over 600 diners at Our Place Society last Monday evening.

Our Place provides vital services to our region’s most vulnerable citizens, including regular meals—over 745,000 last year alone. The annual Camosun dinner is unique, says Our Place Communications Director Grant McKenzie. “Everyone loves to be treated as special and this event brings that to people who don’t normally see that in their day to day life,” he says. “We always hear great, heartfelt thanks for this meal.”

Camosun Hospitality Management instructor Kathy MacRae helped out at the event and is a regular volunteer at Our Place. “The people at Our Place are truly wonderful people and they love it when the students come here,” she says. “It’s amazing for our students to be able to say—that person who usually sits on the side of the street, I just served him dinner tonight and we had a conversation and made a connection and I really enjoyed it.”

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