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Release date: Dec. 17, 2019

The Victoria Foundation is granting $40,000 to Camosun College to support Indigenous students in the college’s interdisciplinary Aboriginal Culinary Arts, Tourism and Hospitality Program.

“Investing in skills-based education breaks down barriers to success and helps our students thrive,” says Lana Pagaduan, Indigenous Recruiter and On Campus Support at Camosun. “The combined program provides Indigenous students with the tools and opportunities to succeed in the hospitality and tourism sector and is a successful example of collaboration and partnership to meet community needs.”

The funding, part of the Victoria Foundation’s 2019 Community Grant package, provides wraparound supports including transportation, food and other necessities to ensure that students can stay in school and reach their potential.

Camosun’s Aboriginal Culinary Arts, Tourism and Hospitality Program, developed in partnership with the Songhees Nation, is a 12-month entry-level program which includes a two-month work placement and is specifically designed for Indigenous students preparing for a career in the growing area of Aboriginal tourism. Upon graduation, students earn a Professional Cook level 1 certification, learn essential skills from a unique variety of applied tourism, culinary arts and hospitality courses, and gain real-world work experience in the sector that sets them up for career success.

“Through our Community Grants program, we’re delighted to be able to support initiatives such as Camosun’s,” said Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra Richardson. “We believe in working together to build a vibrant, caring community for all. Providing training to help young people find a career path, particularly one rooted in culture, aligns perfectly with this ideal.”

As the region’s largest non-government funder, the Victoria Foundation has awarded over $20 million so far this year and over $230 million since the Foundation began in 1936.

As part of over $2.8 million in Community Grants, Victoria Foundation awarded an additional $37,500 to the Camosun College Foundation as part of a collaborative grant to build capacity and develop a referral system between community literacy support stakeholders, in support of the Greater Victoria Literacy’s work in our region.

Founded in 1981, the Camosun College Foundation has raised millions to empower students to pursue goals which otherwise might have been unattainable. Other funds have supported new classroom equipment, library books, new buildings, special projects and so much more to ensure our educators teach in modern facilities. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to Camosun causes and last year over 1430 students were supported by bursaries and awards.

A full list of 2019 Community Grant recipients is available on the Victoria Foundation website.


Ivan Watson
Marketing & Communications Strategist
Camosun College
250-418-0700 |

Kyle Wells
Communications Specialist
Victoria Foundation
P: 250-381-5532 | C: 250-213-7131 |

Last updated: December 17, 2019 4:32 pm

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