Canadian Chef Educators Association
Perusing thru the files of the Canadian Chef Educators I came across the 2006 newsletter relating the highly successful conference held in Toronto. The CCEA President then was Terry Larsen. I found his message very inspiring. His report summarized what these conferences and what this Association are all about. Here is what he had to say. “Each conference is about treating delegates to exceptional educational events, good food, excellent hospitality and visits to some wonderful tourism spots” As usual the low number of participants was mentioned: It is regrettable that a larger group of delegates is not here with us” Our conferences are always a blend of educational information, conviviality and good times. From these conference events we take new ideas, share our own, and generally come away refreshed and renewed for a new year of teaching. It is always a great opportunity to come to a conference to visit with old friends and to meet new ones, to share ideas, to ask for help and support and to find these willingly granted” Terry was quick to add: “It is not however all education and information. It is also the opportunity to relax and just chat or converse over a beer or a glass of wine. Let us take as much from this weekend of collegiality and education as we can and go back to our programs with new energy, great ideas and a sense of self-esteem for the next terms with our culinary students” Next are some excerpts from a letter addressed to Terry from one of his graduating students: “Thank you for all you have done for me. When I walked into your class second semester, I was frightened at the thought of cooking because I did not know much about it. You taught me many techniques and introduced me to a love of cooking. You sense of humor that you showed with all the students made me feel at times that you were one of us. You made coming to class enjoyable and a lot easier. I learned many valuables lessons in your class and I know wherever I go in life I will take them with me. I know that you will continue to show students the love of cooking just as you showed me and the rest of the class. Thank you” Terry to add: “This is why we are teachers and the rewards that we receive from teaching. Consider the words of this young lady; take them to heart and know that we do make a difference as teachers and instructors. Yes, we do make a difference. We inspire, guide, counsel, advice. We create a safe and friendly environment for our students, and we love to share our passion for food with them. Terry’s words of wisdom should inspire. I know they inspired me.
Inspiring by Pierre