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May 21, 2014

First Tea Sommelier students graduate from Fanshawe College

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, Fanshawe College will host the president of the Tea Association of Canada, Louise Roberge, to celebrate the first graduates of the Tea Sommelier certificate program offered through Continuing Education.

Roberge will present certificates to the graduates, who join the ranks of approximately 100 certified tea sommeliers in Canada.

What: The first graduating class of Fanshawe College's Tea Sommelier program will receive their certificates from Louise Roberge, the president of the Tea Association of Canada.
When: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Room SC2012/14 in the Student Centre, London Campus, Fanshawe College (please see campus map).

Fanshawe began offering the Tea Sommelier program in 2012 in partnership with the Tea Association of Canada. The series of eight courses provides training on all aspects of tea as it relates to the consumer, and prepares graduates to work in restaurants, resorts, retail outlets, agriculture and production, or even as professional tasters.

The first students completed their final course in January 2014, and have become certified professionals in the tea industry. On Thursday they will receive their certificates from Roberge, who will address the graduates with words of encouragement and congratulations.


Continuing Education at Fanshawe College strengthens communities and enhances economic growth by providing lifelong pathways to personal and professional success. Responding quickly to labour market and student learning needs, Continuing Education delivers post-secondary programs, continuing education, training solutions, and academic upgrading to unlock student and client potential in a localized, personalized, and integrated manner.

The Tea Association of Canada, a not-for-profit organization, represents the entire tea industry in Canada from bush to cup. This includes importers, packers, retailers, allied trade and the Tea Sommelier Certified Professionals.