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The Joy of Cooking – Cooking Skills for Independent Living

May 6, 2024, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On a white background, in the top left corner, the text reads, "Joy of Cooking." Below that reads, "Cooking Skills for Independent Living." On the right, the graphic shows three cartoon chefs standing around an oversized pot of soup, one holding a giant tomato, another holding the ladle, with other giant foods around the pot. In the bottom left corner in green, the text reads, "Monday, May 6, 2024. 5:00-8:00 pm. @The Ability Hub. 300, 3820 24 Ave NW.

Increase your confidence in the kitchen with our Joy of Cooking: Cooking Skills for Independent Living class.

Whether independent living is a short term goal and you’re planning to move out soon, or it’s a long-term goal for some time in the future – you can begin preparing for it now–starting in the kitchen!

This hands-on session is a great way to help you sharpen your skills.

While preparing a tasty menu, participants will also learn about:

  • the importance of good hygiene
  • cleanliness in the kitchen and the importance of preventing cross-contamination
  • the proper use of utensils
  • how to properly measure and prepare food, and
  • working with others.

And then, you’ll get to enjoy what you’ve made!

Join us Monday, May 6, 2024

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

at The Ability Hub (300, 3820 24 Avenue NW)

The theme for this session is Appies and Peppies! (Appies is short for Appetizers. Peppies are rice and vegetable stuffed peppers)

This activity is in-person only and limited to six participants. Registration for this session is required and takes place on Sinneave Connects, our online Learning Hub. 

Important Information:

  • There will only be light support provided by staff, so participants need to be able to follow instructions and be willing to work in a small group to prepare the meal.
  • All supplies will be provided.
  • Participants are asked to stay and help clean up after the activity concludes.
  • Please inform us of any allergies BEFORE the event

Once the first 6 spaces fill up, you can choose to add your name to a Waiting List. If a spot opens up, you will get an email saying you have been registered. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND unless you receive a confirmation email saying you have been registered in the class. If you aren’t sure, please email info@sinneavefoundation.org or call us at 403 210-5000.

To Register: 

If you already have a Sinneave Connects account, just log in as usual and enroll in the course. If this is the first time you’ve used Sinneave Connects, you will need to create a free account. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. 

  1. Pick a user name
  2. Pick a password (Don’t forget to record it somewhere safe for next time!)
  3. Register!
  4. Choose the “”Joy of Cooking – May 6″ event

Joy of Cooking – May 6

*When you log in, you’ll see a tab on the side that says, “Enrollment Options” (see the screen shot below) Click on the box that says “Enroll”

A screen grab of the enrollment screen with an arrow and text indicating how to register


About the presenter: Before coming to Canada, Santiago “Santi” Ghio says he was a picky eater. When he was in high school, he learned how to cook through a special cooking program and his love of cooking led him to an internship program at SAIT. Soon after, he registered for SAIT’s culinary program and graduated in 2017 as a professional cook.

Now 28-years-old, Santi received an autism diagnosis in 2022 and participated in Sinneave’s Launch + Skills program. Having previously worked part-time in restaurants, Santi found his perfect match at Sobey’s where he’s worked in the Deli department for the past three years. The predictable routine of his work environment fits his needs perfectly.

Now, he wants to share his knowledge and love of cooking with others on the spectrum, inspiring them to develop confidence in the kitchen and build skills for independent living–and delicious eating!


The Ability Hub
Suite #300, 3820 - 24th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B-2X9 Canada
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(403) 210-5000
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