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TORONTO—Kalene Finnegan, a hospitality management student at Humber College, is the winner of the Hotel Association of Canada's coveted Stephen Phillips Passion for Hospitality Award. Finnegan's work experience includes time at Deerhurst Resort, the Ontario Hotel Motel and Restaurant Association and The Humber Room. She has also volunteered with St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, and with the ORHMA's adaptive cooking classes.
“When I got news that I was the 2015 Stephen Phillips Award Recipient I
was absolutely blown away,” Finnegan said on receiving the award. “To be
recognized for your accomplishments is an award in itself, but to be recognized
in honour of Stephen Phillips is absolutely
remarkable. Stephen Phillips was a
very successful and driven individual and made the hospitality industry a better
place. This award has
opened my eyes to the world of possibilities within the hospitality industry
and I cannot wait to continue on this wonderful journey!”
Finnegan's immediate plans are to complete her program at Humber with an Honours standing; then she is considering attending University of Guelph to receive her BComm in Hotel & Food Administration. After that, she hopes to work in a leadership role, and her dream is to open her own hotel.
The award includes a $1,000 bursary, and is named in honour of Stephen H. Phillips, former vice-chairman and CEO of AFM Hospitality Corporation Ltd., who passed away from cancer in 2007.