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2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

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2012 Award Winner Bios

Barry Sheen

Barry Sheen’s career in hospitality began in his teenage years, when he worked at the Tartan Restaurant in Summerside. He first entered the field of hotel management at age 20, running both the Bay Vista Motor Inn and Clinton Heights. After graduating from the Holland College Hospitality program in 1973, he relocated to Miami where he taught hospitality at the Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center.Upon his return to Canada, he held several GM positions and went on to become Regional Director of Operations, Marketing, for the Wandlyn Hotel chain, before becoming Senior Vice-President for Journey’s End Canada. The first corporate Canadian employee of Westmont Hospitality, he spent fifteen years as their Senior Vice-President Operations, responsible for over 100 hotels. Recently, Sheen was named Vice-President of Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec and Westmont, which previously operated a real estate joint venture under the name of Westbridge Hospitality Fund, an active investor in international hotel real estate. He held this position until his retirement in 2012.Barry is a key supporter of Holland College and the Holland College Foundation. He was a dedicated member of the Campaign Cabinet for the College’s recent Learning. For Life. Capital Campaign, which was deemed an overwhelming success. He has also lent his support to the College Advancement team over the past four years as they worked to promote alumni engagement with events in Calgary and Toronto.Barry Sheen’s career and generosity are an inspiration to current and future Holland College students. His steady rise to the top of his field speaks volumes about the value of a Holland College diploma coupled with hard work. His staff members consistently say that he is both effective and enjoyable to work with, proving that you can get to the top without stepping on anyone below you.

An avid cyclist, skier, and sailor, Barry resides in Port Credit, Ontario.

Kathy Ward Doucette

Since graduating from Holland College’s Human Services Program and launching her business K&K Quality Care in 2002, Kathy has been a trail-blazer in the field of providing services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities. K&K Quality Care provides individually tailored day programming to approximately 25 adults, all of whom have benefited significantly from her knowledge, experience, and commitment.Kathy has developed an approach that builds on the strengths of her clients and addresses their individual needs. Client-centred, it involves parents, family members, and friends in developing personalized programs for each of her clients. K&K Quality Care operates on the principle of normalization; that is, helping people with disabilities to live, as much as possible, normal lives. Kathy’s fundamental principle is to accept people with disabilities as people, and to help them to accept greater responsibility and control over their own lives. She proceeds from the expectation that people with disabilities will become contributing representatives in our community and her operation is focused on that goal. K&K has developed several small businesses, where her clients are trained as employees and given valuable work experience.

Uniquely, K&K Quality Care operates with no core government funding, demonstrating through a successful decade of service, that meeting the needs of people with disabilities is not an act of charity, but a realistic and effective way of providing her clients with the skills and training they require to become contributing members of society.

Kathy is an outstanding advocate for her clients, helping them access additional services and supports in the community. She also partners with Holland College, opening her facility to students of the Human Services Program for on-the-job training, and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Human Services Program. She also serves on a variety of both government and private sector committees and is actively involved in the Prince Edwards Island Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s annual Transition Expo. Kathy lives in Charlottetown with her husband Marc and children Matthew, Alex, and Victoria.

Steve Barber

steve-barberSteven Barber of Charlottetown graduated from the Hotel and Restaurant Management program in 2001. In the fall of that year, he was accepted under full scholarship to the University of Calgary and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Commerce specializing in Hotel and Resort Management.

After working as a Food and Beverage Manager for the Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, British Columbia, a Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort, he returned to Prince Edward Island where, in 2005, he became Director of Operations and co-owner of Hunter’s Ale House. He has since opened Globe World Flavours on Victoria Row and most recently, in June 2012, The Factory Cookhouse and Dancehall on Kent Street. Within 11 years of graduating from Holland College, Steven is the Director of Operations and co-owner of three high profile food and beverage facilities in Charlottetown under the corporate umbrella of the Red Island Hospitality Group Inc. These accomplishments speak to Steven’s entrepreneurial spirit and his exceptional work ethic.

Steven is a well-known supporter of the local music scene and local musician. He is a past board member of Music PEI whose mandate is to promote, foster, and develop artists and the music industry on PEI as well as a member of the Organizing Committee for the Malpeque Folk Festival. Hunter’s Ale House and The Factory host many local, regional, and national music acts, enhancing the reputation of the music scene on PEI. As a music venue, Hunter’s Ale House has received several nominations and awards from music PEI, the East Coast Music Association, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Charlottetown Inc, and the CBC. Steven was recently selected by the Music PEI Board of Directors for the Industry Person of the Year Award.

A first-class corporate citizen, Red Island Hospitality Group Inc. employs approximately 150 people in the peak season and readily offers its support to community, sporting, college, and university events through sponsorship or donation of services.

Steven lives in Stratford with his wife Kymberly and step daughter Alicia and can often be seen with his two dogs riding shot gun in his truck.

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