Professional Chefs

Organization Details
Organization Name: Humanitarian Solidarity for Development and Empowerment
Address: 14 Penticton Bay
Winnipeg MB  R2J 1S9
Organizational Description: We are a nonprofit organisation that works to reduce poverty and increase well-being through solidarity and sustainable development to empower individuals or communities.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 5392
Description of Duties:

1. Menu Planning: Create nutritious and culturally diverse menus that cater to the dietary needs and preferences of youth immigrants and refugees.

2. Food Preparation: Oversee the preparation of meals, ensuring quality, taste, and presentation meet high standards.

3. Cooking Instruction: Teach basic cooking skills and techniques to youth participants, empowering them to cook healthy meals independently.

4. Food Safety: Ensure compliance with food safety regulations and proper handling of food to prevent contamination and foodborne illnesses.

5. Mentorship: Provide guidance, support, and encouragement to youth participants, helping them develop culinary skills, confidence, and a sense of belonging in the community.

Skills Required:

1. Communication Skills: Ability to effectively communicate with participants, volunteers, and staff members from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

2. Culinary Expertise: Strong cooking skills and knowledge of various cuisines, ingredients, and cooking techniques to create diverse and culturally relevant menus.

3. Patience and Empathy: Ability to work with youth who may have experienced trauma or challenging circumstances, demonstrating patience, empathy, and understanding.

4. Teamwork and Collaboration: Willingness to work collaboratively with kitchen staff, volunteers, and community partners to create a supportive and inclusive environment.

5. Flexibility and Adaptability: Ability to adapt to changing circumstances, dietary restrictions, and ingredient availability while maintaining high standards of food quality.

6. Leadership and Mentorship: Capacity to lead cooking sessions, provide guidance, and mentor youth participants in developing culinary skills and confidence.

7. Organizational Skills: Strong organizational skills to plan menus, manage kitchen operations, and oversee food preparation in a community setting.

8. Food Safety Knowledge: Understanding of food safety regulations, proper food handling practices, and sanitation procedures to ensure the health and safety of participants.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

1. Cultural Competence: Enhanced understanding and appreciation of diverse cultural backgrounds, traditions, and culinary practices.

2. Communication Skills: Improved ability to communicate effectively with individuals from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

3. Empathy and Sensitivity: Developed empathy and sensitivity towards the unique challenges and experiences of immigrant and refugee youth.

4. Leadership and Mentorship: Strengthened leadership and mentorship skills through guiding and empowering youth participants in culinary activities.

5. Community Engagement: Increased engagement with local communities, organizations, and businesses to promote cultural exchange and build inclusive environments.

6. Culinary Expertise: Expanded knowledge of diverse cuisines, ingredients, and cooking techniques through creating culturally relevant menus for youth participants.

Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:
Micro Volunteering
Micro Volunteering - any self contained volunteer opportunity that can be completed in a short amount of time, often through a web-enabled device.
Flexible Hours

Contribute short, impactful volunteer tasks or projects that require minimal time commitment but make a significant difference in supporting immigrant and refugee youth.
Provide support on a flexible schedule, adjusting your availability based on the needs of the kitchen community and the participants.

Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
- Downtown
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Group - small, family and friends
Group - large, corporate and schools
Fulfilling volunteer hours for school credit
Require childcare
Required to complete community service
French speaking / Bilingual (French and English)
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Email:
Closing Date: Aug 30, 2024


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