As a Camosun alumnus, the program's reputation will precede you with years of quality graduates in your corner. As your career grows you can look forward to key management roles in hotels, restaurants, resorts and other prominent positions in the business sector.
The Dunlop House Restaurant at the Lansdowne Campus, is the location of all applied learning classes, and we consider this the heart of the program. From this professional facility, our students operate the restaurant which features a licensed bistro style dining utilizing award winning locally sourced, organic, and sustainable offerings, many in a variety of sizes, at affordable prices.
You can also continue your education in a bachelor's degree program. This program has transfer agreements with Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, La Trobe University (Australia), and Ryerson University. Our Academic Advisors can help you plan your journey.
Social Responsibility and Student Initiatives
The Hospitality Management program entrenches social responsibility and sustainable practices allowing students to combine ingenuity and business acumen in ways that earn community appreciation. The following stories are just two examples that demonstrate the social impact our students have in community, and the legacy they leave behind.
Camosun Business students raise more than $39,000 for charity
Camosun business students are making a huge difference in the lives of local and global citizens thanks to recent service learning projects that raised over $39,000 in cash donations for local agencies.
While the monetary value alone is impressive, there are intrinsic benefits, too, that amplify the value of the selected projects: increased awareness of important community agencies, validation of the services they provide, support for the clients they serve and, from an educational perspective, life-long practical skills that graduates will invest into their future communities and careers.
Instructor Carl Everitt says, "Philanthropy is a learned behaviour. The projects our business students take on become a forum for these future industry leaders to hone their skills and develop sustainable business relationships with local not-for-profit stakeholders."
Congratulations to the students and, THANK YOU to the faculty and support staff who provide vision, encouragement, creativity and tremendous insight in the delivery of life-long learning.
Hospitality Integrated Events Management—HMGT 286
IMPACT: $19,700 over 1.5 years
Business acumen is fundamental to all ventures in Canadian society, so it really isn't that far a stretch to link Camosun's Hospitality Management program and Child Care Services, is it? In October, 2012, Integrated Events Management students planned and executed the sold-out inaugural Wine Maker's Dinner that featured farm to table delicacies paired with local wines, raising nearly $2,000 for Camosun Child Care Services. Students integrated the skills they learned in the classroom—leadership, management, critical thinking, marketing and finance—and applied them to benefit a tangible cause. In an encore event last December, students raised an additional $2,700. This time, the event featured an elegant gourmet dining experience, silent auction and a dance featuring the Vic High Rhythm & Blues Band.
"The partnership between the HMGT program and Child Care Services is an amazing fit", says Lisa Stekelenburg, Manager of Child Care Services. "We have been so pleased with this partnership opportunity that sustains student learning through a practical fundraising event and contributes to the sustainability of a college service. The students are professional and deliver a first class event every time."
During the 2013 fall semester, amidst projects and exams, HMGT 286 students raised an additional $15,000 for charity through seven other co-ordinated events. Community-based clients included Community Micro-Lending, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association.
Dinner at Our Place
For the second consecutive year the first-year class of Hospitality Management students prepared and served a two-course plated gourmet meal for 600 guests of Our Place Society in downtown Victoria. The students took on leadership roles in planning, organizing, and executing the event. Faculty and staff played a supporting role, but the students operationalized the feast.
Now embedded as a part of the Integrated Restaurant Management course, this event reflects Camosun's mandates of supporting life-changing learning, engaging communities and contributing to sustainable organizations. More importantly, it provides students with an invaluable life experience in social responsibility.
Program leader David Armstrong says, "The event was positive from start to finish, and we all felt privileged to be a part of it."
Students, staff and faculty would like to thank Laurel Point Inn, Islands West Produce and Sysco Foods for their generous contributions, and Our Place Society for the invitation to serve.
Project Change: Wear 2 Start
Project Change is an annual province-wide competition that challenges BC tourism and hospitality students to create a social or environmental stewardship project that fulfills a community need. The Camosun team of second-year students Tony Guo, Andrew Weir, Lindsey Melis and Cheryl Yamanaka embraced the challenge and approached Victoria-based Wear 2 Start with their community service proposal.
Wear 2 Start is a small not-for-profit group that outfits unemployed women for job interviews, and they were grateful for the Camosun help, which came just in time for their annual fundraising drive. The students' proposal seemed simple enough: collect donations of cash, high-end business attire, toiletries and cosmetics through a combination of two fundraising dinners, business sponsorships and plain old networking and negotiations. The result was overwhelming, and brought in over $800 in cash donations and nearly 1,100 items of clothing, toiletries and cosmetics that will go a long way to help women living in poverty prepare for interviews and careers. The students even included a sustainability element to their project, thanks to a partnership with local coffee shops that will serve as Wear 2 Start donation drop-off sites.
The project took top prize of "Best Project Overall," which was awarded at the Project Change awards gala, held February 2 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. "This project taught us that as entrepreneurs, we can be agents of positive social change," says Cheryl Yamanaka. "We are so proud that we could contribute to such a worthwhile local cause." The Camosun team also garnered the People's Choice Award, and team member Andrew Weir was recognized as the top networker at the event sponsored by LinkBC, the tourism and hospitality education network.
Wear 2 Start president Deep Cheema expressed her appreciation saying, "We are a small organization with a big mandate. It is remarkable that Cheryl, Lindsay, Tony and Andrew came to us when they did. We couldn't have met our fundraising targets without them!
2012 Run for the Cure Team
CFAX Santas Anonymous
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Fundraiser
Camosun Sustainability Day