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SUS to get food-certified

At last Friday’s Student Union Society (SUS) board meeting, VP social Chris Doyle pushed through a motion for SUS to fund up to three board members to attain FOODSAFE and Serving It Right certification, which would allow them to prepare and serve food in a variety of situations.

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By Jessica Wind (The Cascade) – Email

Print Edition: November 21, 2012

At last Friday’s Student Union Society (SUS) board meeting, VP social Chris Doyle pushed through a motion for SUS to fund up to three board members to attain FOODSAFE and Serving It Right certification, which would allow them to prepare and serve food in a variety of situations.

The motion was a long time in the making.

“About . . . two months ago, I brought it up in an [executive meeting]; they told me to bring it up at board,” said Doyle.

It was tabled three times for different reasons before being discussed on Friday.

“At that point, I didn’t even care if it got through, I just wanted someone to talk about,” Doyle said with a laugh.

This motion was the result of a conversation with Biology and Chemistry Students’ Association (BCSA) who were looking into hiring bartenders for one of their upcoming events.

“I was thinking that the SUS events committee should be able to support this – we have volunteers,” Doyle explained.

Many of the board members already possess one or both of these certifications that allow the bearer to serve food or liquor at events.

“A lot of people that have [the certification] . . . have no free time to attend events. So I wanted to make sure that events committee members would have it,” Doyle said.

Serving It Right is a certification done online, and costs $35 per person. FOODSAFE is more expensive at $110 per person, but SUS has looked into options for reducing this cost.

“We know that one of the chefs at TTC gives a discount for FOODSAFE,” Doyle explained, noting that they’ll also pursue options through Doug Fowler, general manager of food services for Sodexo at UFV. “We are hoping to cut the cost in half for FOODSAFE.”

The members SUS currently plans to fund are Doyle, residents representative Sean Webber and representative-at-large Vitor Carvalho.

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