2018 Scholarship Recipients
Janikka Blair Murray
George Brown College
Janikka Blair Murray is the 2018 Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship at George Brown College. Rocio Morales, our OFPA Treasurer was with Janikka when she received the Scholarship at the George Brown Awards Ceremony. Janikka is enrolled as a full-time student in the Chef School within the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College. Janikka was very thankful for this gift from OFPA. Congratulations!
Dianne Kristine Olaires
Dianne Kristine Olaires, the 2018 Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship recipient was presented with her award at the Centennial College Student Awards Ceremony by OFPA Director Nadia Narine. This is what Diana wanted us to know: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show my parents the product of my hard work. It makes me so happy to see my parents so proud and moreover, it makes me happy to know that I am able to pay my college loans with help.” Congratulations!
Our 2018 recipient of the Ontario Food Protection Association Scholarship Durham College is Sinthujah Paskaran. Sinthujah graduated from the Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology Program at Durham College in June 2019. Before starting this program, she had decided that she wanted to have a career in laboratory testing. She wanted to work somewhere where she could be part of the in-production and post production testing of consumer products. In the Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology Program, Sinthujah has obtained diverse skills and knowledge in both the pharmaceutical and food science fields. She hopes to establish a successful career, using her new skills and knowledge in microbiology, analytical chemistry and analytical instrumentation pertaining to both pharmaceutical and food science fields. Congratulations!D
2019 Scholarship Recipients
George Brown College
Halli Berry is the 2019 recipient of the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship at George Brown College. Halli is enrolled as a full-time student in the Chef School within the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College. She is extremely grateful to receive this OFPA scholarship. She expresses that this financial support will help her fund her tuition for the year, cover her expenses and allow her to continue to participate in her extensive extracurricular activities. Congratulations!
University of Guelph
Cailyn Muir, recipient of the 2019 Ontario Food Protection Association Scholarship was presented with her award by Dr. Lisa Duizer, Chair of the Department of Food Science. Cailyn is in her 4th year of a Bachelor of Food Science at the University of Guelph. She hopes to work in product development for a few years learning more about the food industry and would eventually like to stoke her entrepreneurial spirit by starting her own business. She hasn’t ruled out grad studies, but for now she wants to experience the working world full time after graduation and she is very interested in the industry position she has been offered for the summer. Cailyn says that thanks in large part to our generous scholarship, she did not have to worry about working during the school year, allowing her more time to concentrate on her studies, but also more time to be very involved with the Food Science Club Executive and school events, such as College Royal. Congratulations!
2020 scholarship Recipients
George Brown College
Mariam Mansour is the youngest of three children and is twenty years old. Currently, Mariam is in her first year in the Honours Bachelor of Business Commerce, Culinary Management program at George Brown College. She is a graduate of the Baking and Pastry Arts Management program at the College. After graduating from the pastry program, Mariam was informed of Bachelor program by a classmate. After completing the pastry program, she signed up for summer school with the College to gain the math requirements needed to enroll in the Bachelor program. This past summer was beyond stressful for Mariam as she scrambled to enroll online and traveled at 6 a.m. to the George Brown College library and other public facilities to focus on her studies till 4 p.m., four times a week. Mariam scraped together the funds for late enrolment and school fees and then joined the Bachelor program. Mariam wants to complete the program; and one day open a pastry shop in the Toronto area. This award greatly benefits Mariam's future career. This award not only helps her secure funds for education but also allows Mariam to focus on her studies at the College. Mariam was tired of feeling anxious regarding what she could afford. This award helps Mariam feel unstoppable. Mariam thanks the OFPA for the support!
University of Guelph
Leah Brodovsky is a fifth-year Food Science Co-op student. Leah was honoured to have been selected as a 2020 recipient of the Ontario Food Protection Association Scholarship.
This scholarship recognizes students for academic excellence and extracurricular involvement. I have enjoyed being involved in extracurriculars on campus, including the Food Science Club, International Agri-Business Case Team, and DECA U. Leah appreciates this scholarship as it will help support her final undergraduate degree year . Leah is considering opportunities in technical sales for post-graduation.
Alana Sellitto graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences. Immediately afterwards she decided to pursue an interest in food and drug quality management so she went to Durham College for their Chemical Laboratory Technology - Pharmaceutical and Food Science (Fast Track) program. Alana’s education provided her with an enormous amount of practical lab experience working with various analytical instruments and learned about the laws and regulations that govern the food and drug industries.
Alana is incredibly grateful to receive this OFPA scholarship award and indicated how happy she is to know that all her hard work really paid off.
Michael Balde is the recipient of the 2019 recipient of the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) Scholarship at Centennial College. Here he is with Joseph Myatt, our OFPA Vice-President, at the Centennial College Student Award Night. Michael is in the Food Technology, Applied Science program and he likes Food Microbiology. He is in his final year at the Centennial College Progress Campus. He would like, upon graduating to work in a food manufacturing lab and work his way up to QA Manager. Micheal was very thankful to be awarded our OFPA $1000 scholarship. Congratulations!
2021 Scholarship Recipients
Patrick Van Horne
“I wish to pursue a career in food product development, with the ultimate goal of releasing new products into the retail and commercial markets. Since this could take a while, I plan to continue pursuing opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Thank you so much for your generous donation; it is an honour to be selected to receive this scholarship in recognition of my achievements at Centennial. When I made the decision to return to college to pursue a new career after 10 years as a chef, I did not know what to expect from the program. Now, after a few short years, I know that I made the right choice and am really looking forward to applying what I’ve learned in the next phase of my professional life. That you for supporting the education and development of food science students.”
University of Guelph
Dear The Ontario Food Protection Association, I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the recipient of the Ontario Food Protection Association Scholarship. I want to thank you for your generosity and for supporting my education and future endeavours in food science. I am graduating from the Food Science program as of April 2022 and will be pursuing a Masters of Food Science at the University of Guelph. My post-graduate studies will be focused on high protein plant-based dairy alternatives, which I am highly interested in due to the current lack of affordable, sustainable, and high-quality protein sources. This scholarship will allow me to spend more time focusing on my education, knowing that the concern of funding my studies is lessened. This scholarship will greatly help my future financially, as well as grant me the freedom to participate in more extracurricular activities related to my interests. Thank
you again for your generosity and support, and I am extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity.
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George Brown College
My name is Diana Kania, I am a graduate from the Culinary Management Nutrition program at George Brown College and am currently in the Food & Nutrition Management Post Graduate program. I decided to further my education because in those two years studying culinary nutrition, my passion grew for this work. Since a young age I always loved helping in the kitchen and I wanted to further my education on the importance of food and how food improves our bodies. I knew before attending that I wanted to become a dietitian, however, within those two years, I had the opportunity to work as a dietary aide in a long-term care home. Having this job not only grew my fondness for that industry, but it also helped support my family and I after my father was laid off, saving any extra money for school tuition. This experience led me to the amazing opportunity to do my placement at ELLICSR Kitchen at UHN (University Health Network) last March and it really opened at eyes in how food and the body work together. All these experiences I've had in the short time I’ve been in the industry really made me grow a bigger passion for nutrition and has given me the drive to help others in any way that I can. Thank you for this award!
Ifeoluwa Tinuoya is a current student of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at Conestoga College, graduating in April 2021. She has an undergraduate degree in Food Science and a Masters in Food Technology. After graduating from the Food Safety and Quality Assurance at Conestoga College, she hopes to apply the principles of food safety and quality assurance to food operations. She believes commitment is a key player in the production of safe food. She loves to cook and to sing in her spare time.