Hospitality Administration - Hotel and Resort
As a graduate of Georgian’s Hotel and Resort program, Kevin J. Collins worked his way up the ranks of the Howard Johnson Hotels, becoming involved in the well-known chain’s accessibility efforts. Today, he’s a key player in the food and hospitality industry’s efforts to support the special needs community.
Kevin, who has cerebral palsy, served as an Easter Seals’ poster boy as a child. His passion for helping people led him to the Friends of We Care Foundation, developed by the food service and hospitality sector to send physically disabled kids to camp through Easter Seals. He is Executive Director of the foundation.
Under his leadership, the foundation has grown from $235,000 raised in 1999 to over $1-million raised annually. His goal is to increase this amount to $2-million over the next five years. For his work, Kevin has twice received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, has been awarded the Trillium Award for the hospitality industry’s Newsmaker of the Year and was a Georgian College Premier’s Award nominee in 2014.
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