Bestselling cookbook author Bonnie Stern wins Premier's Award

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - Cookbook author and media personality Bonnie
Stern is one of six recipients of this year's Premier's Awards for outstanding
Ontario college graduates.
    Stern, a graduate of culinary management at George Brown College, is the
owner of the Bonnie Stern School of Cooking and Cookware Shop in Toronto. She
is a bestselling author of cookbooks, has hosted two national television
shows, appears regularly on radio and TV, and writes a weekly newspaper
    The Premier's Awards recipients were officially announced today. Stern
was the recipient in the creative arts category.
    The awards recognize outstanding college graduates who have excelled in
six categories: creative arts, technology, health sciences, business,
community services and recent graduate. The recipients will receive their
awards at a gala celebration dinner in London on Feb. 11.
    "College graduates are the backbone of our economy and our communities,"
said Barbara Taylor, the chair of the colleges' committee of presidents. "We
are proud of the contribution college graduates make in Ontario and beyond,
and are particularly proud to have such a distinguished list of Premier's
Awards recipients this year."
    Chosen by a panel of business and community leaders from among 90
nominees, the other recipients this year are:

    Peter Rowntree (Technology), of Canadore College. A senior investigator
with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Rowntree has investigated some
of Canada's major air disasters, including the highly publicized Swissair 111
tragedy off the coast of Peggy's Cove.

    Abdul Abdulrahman (Health Sciences), of Algonquin College. Abdulrahman is
the resident anaesthesiologist at the University of Toronto. Immigrating to
Canada nearly a decade ago from Somalia, Abdulrahman was a driving force
behind the establishment of the ACE IT program at Algonquin College, which
helps foreign-trained health care professionals transition to the workforce.

    Elio Pacheco (Business), of George Brown College. Pacheco is the
president and general manager of Evian North America. Promoted to the top job
in January 2007, Pacheco turned around Evian's sagging fortunes in just a few
months, launching an aggressive marketing strategy and communicating the
company's long-standing environmental responsibility, producing a six per cent
increase in sales.

    Kay Blair (Community Services), of Humber College Institute of Technology
and Advanced Learning. Blair is executive director of Community Microskills
Development Centre, a non-profit community agency. Blair oversees a range of
services that provide shelter, training and jobs for women, immigrants, and
young people. She consults for governments, educational institutions and
social agencies about racism and violence against women.

    Christopher Rowland (Recent Graduate), of Centennial College. Rowland is
the founder and CEO of Equitrans Global Logistics. Under Rowland's leadership,
the revenue produced by this Toronto-based freight-forwarding company grew 907
per cent in the three years since inception, and is ranked tenth in Profit
magazine's top emerging growth companies in Canada for 2007. Equitrans was
called upon by the US government to help distribute temporary housing
throughout the Gulf region after the devastation of hurricane Katrina.

    Each year, about 40,000 graduates from Ontario's 24 colleges enter the
workforce. About one-third of Ontario's workforce - 2.1 million workers - has
a college credential, the largest group in the province's labour force.
    Ontario colleges serve about 200 communities throughout the province,
delivering a wide range of career-focused education and training programs to
more than 200,000 full-time and 250,000 part-time students.

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