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Legacy: A life that keeps on giving

"When our son Jonathan was in high school he had the opportunity to be a Rotary exchange student and study in France for a year. Before that, he had been considering a future as a peace officer, a job that runs in our family. But he returned home with an interest in cooking.

After Jonathan finished high school, we drove him to Banff where he had landed a job as a helper in the kitchen at the Rimrock Resort Hotel. After just one day, they gave him a promotion.

A chef at the Rimrock took Jonathan under his wing and prompted him to get some formal education; that's where SAIT came in. At SAIT, Jonathan became a sponge for information. SAIT sparked his passion to continue his studies even after he graduated.

Jonathan worked in top restaurants in Ottawa and then returned to Alberta where his reputation grew. He was renowned for cooking with locally grown food and he developed great relationships with farmers.

Jonathan's passion also inspired him to run a program at Haysboro School where he taught students how to cook the food they grew in their garden.

Soon after an accident took Jonathan's life, my wife Gina and I decided to set up a memorial student award at SAIT. If you want to know what my son was about, look at the criteria for the award. It's an award for students who show an interest in mentoring and supporting youth in culinary education. It's also for academic achievement, industry experience and a commitment to promote local agriculture."

Bob and Gina Sobol established the Chef Jonathan Sobol Memorial Award at SAIT in honour of their son. Jonathan Sobol, a SAIT alumnus of the Journeyman Chef Certification program, was 33 years old when he was killed in a car crash near Irricana, Alberta in August 2016.

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Without the support of our generous donors, SAIT's success in the last 100 years would not have been possible and our second century would not be as bright.

Please enjoy this special edition of the Donor Report that features first-hand stories from people whose lives were changed through SAIT. 

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