Empowering Futures: HWTC Graduation Celebrate Diversity, Resilience, and Success

Apr 28, 2023
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On April 28th, 2023, the Hospitality Workers Training Centre (HWTC) celebrated the graduation of participants who completed our hospitality training programs in the first quarter of the year. It was a joyous occasion filled with laughter, tears of joy, and celebration of the hard work and dedication of the graduates.

As a non-profit organization, HWTC is dedicated to providing hospitality training to individuals facing employment barriers, such as newcomers to Canada, low-income individuals, and those facing systemic barriers. Our mission is to empower participants with the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue successful careers. This graduation event is an opportunity for us to recognize participants hard work and dedication and allow them to share what they valued about the program.

One graduate, Graciela Leon, spoke about how the program gave her the confidence and support to pursue a career as a Kitchen Manager, despite her initial doubts.  “I never thought I could work in a restaurant, but this program taught me that I have what it takes to succeed,” she said.

Another graduate, Stacey, spoke about the support she received from the HWTC staff and trainers. “They were always there for me, encouraging me and pushing me to be my best. I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.

The event also gave HWTC trainers and staff the opportunity to talk about the strength and resilience of the participants. “We are constantly amazed by the dedication and determination of our participants,” said HWTC Executive Director, Mandie Abrams. “They often face numerous barriers, but they never give up. We are so proud of them.”

The graduation ceremony was a testament to the success of our programs and the impact they have on participants’ lives. It was a celebration of the hard work and dedication of the graduates, and a recognition of the important role the HWTC plays in providing opportunities for individuals facing employment barriers. Congratulations to everyone who graduated and we wish you all the best in your career journey!  We look forward to celebrating our next batch of graduates in August 2023. 

If you are interested in participating in one of our programs, please contact comms@hwtc.ca

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