Passing of Chef Educator Andrew Ormiston

The Culinary Federation Winnipeg is saddened to announce the passing of Andrew Ormiston on Saturday June 27 in Winnipeg. Andy has been a member of our association for over 25 years and contributed as an executive board member for many years. Andy also volunteered and took part in many events that provided his students with the chance to find an out of the classroom experience. The world has lost a beautiful soul.

Andy spent his teaching career at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary in Brandon and at Lord Selkirk Regional Secondary School and left a mark on both institutions. Scholarships for Culinary Students were set up by Andy, prior to his passing, at both of these schools. Andy was a supportive participant in the Skills Canada Competitions each year and he has left a legacy with this competition.

Andy was influential in the growth of many students over twenty five years of teaching. Andy and his students were an integral part of our president’s awards banquet each year, where he could be depended upon to provide an exciting action station with his students. Andy was always infecting his students with his enthusiasm and good vibrations.

A true gentleman and friend, Andy will be missed by all of us in the Manitoba culinary community. The void left behind by his loss will never be filled. Andy passed on the best qualities of the profession’s that he chose, wither that was teaching or cooking. He inspired all of us with his positive and proactive take on things and was always the most color-full member of our group.

And when the wind is right you can sail away and find serenity
Oh the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see, believe me
Sailing, takes me away
To where I’ve always heard it
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
Soon I will be free.

Christopher Cross.

I want to dream of Andy at the helm sailing free in a better place. Bon Voyage good friend.