I’ve been working in the food services industry since I was 15 years old, earlier if you count the meals made at home under my mom’s skillful guidance. I graduated from Centralia College of Agricultural Technology with a diploma in food services management and worked for a variety of nursing homes, restaurants and catering companies before landing at Grebel in 1990.
I’ve taken cooking classes in Thailand and Vietnam. The most unusual thing I’ve eaten is roasted guinea pig in Ecuador (and no, it doesn’t taste like chicken). When not at Grebel, you might find me curled up with a good book, practicing my warrior moves in a yoga class, riding my bike, or travelling the world with my trusty back pack which is older than any Grebel resident.
My name is Ljiljana Ilic. I moved to Canada from Croatia in April 1999. I have a beautiful family with my husband and our three daughters.
I started working in food services at Conrad Grebel in August 2011. I get to work with an amazing team every day and meet wonderful students. I started cooking when I was young and baking is my favorite hobby, especially with friends and family.
I’ve been at Grebel since 1983. I enjoy baking and cooking and find it very rewarding when I get compliments from the students. When I’m not at work, I enjoy gardening and helping milk the cows on my brother’s farm.
I started at Grebel in Aug. 1984. I learned to cook and bake at a young age because of my large family (2 parents, 3 sisters, and nine brothers). I have learned many helpful tips from my wonderful co-workers. Over the years, I have done an enormous amount of cooking and baking. It gives a feeling of satisfaction when 140 - 160 students merrily go on their way because of well filled stomachs.
I’ve been at Grebel since 2002. I started as a food services assistant and then advanced to cooking which I enjoy very much. Being an fsa and cook is rewarding and sometimes challenging but I enjoy the multi-tasking. Working at Grebel has been quite a blessing. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my budgie bird Lila, biking, walking and doing puzzles.
“Hospitality is simply love in action. It has much more to do with the resources of a generous heart than with sufficiency of food or space.”
Since coming to Grebel in May of 2016, I have been impressed with the efforts of the kitchen team to make our home here, a home for all who pass through the doors and gather around the table.
Being involved with food in some capacity has been one thread in a diverse tapestry that has continued to be woven through my work and life. Since graduating with a BSc in Food and Nutrition and completing an internship at Hamilton Health Sciences, most of my focus with food has been health related and I have been grateful for the opportunities to practice with folks in different life stages and circumstances. I am glad to be part of the staff at Grebel, have time to be a Mom and continue to plug away at learning a few fiddle tunes!
As the Assistant Food Services Manager, I welcome your input on the food services provided at Grebel and hope you feel nourished and “at home” during your stay.
My name is Radmila Vujosevic. I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to the war that broke out in my home country, I’ve lived in several different countries. I have worked many different jobs such as accountant, math teacher, pizza maker and now as a food services assistant and cook at Grebel since August 2016. I am really happy to work here and feel grateful to have met so many great people here at Conrad Grebel.
I have two children, a daughter and a son. My daughter studies at University of Waterloo and my son is at student at Conestoga College.
I have been working at Grebel as a kitchen assistant since September 2013. Some highlights of my job include talking to the students and helping prepare the homemade pizza and smoothies. When I’m not having fun at my job I enjoy playing video games, drawing, watching movies and cheering for the Kitchener Rangers and the Leafs.
Reading, 4 part harmony singing, enjoying a variety of other music, painting, enjoying all things of beauty (particularly landscapes), as well as good, homemade cooking are passions of mine. The latter is where I have spent most of my time so it was a natural fit to come work in a setting doing what I love, in the college of my church, whose identity is a part of mine. I live in Elmira and have a husband and 3 daughters.
My name is Neven Esmail, and I am originally from Egypt. I moved to Canada with my husband in 2006 as he was completing his PhD at the University of Waterloo. We have two sons. Before joining Grebel in August 2019, I worked as a cook in different kitchens. At Grebel, I get to work with a great team and meet nice students. When I’m not at work, I enjoy baking, cooking and helping people in our community.
Hi there! My name is Melissa and I help in the kitchen at Conrad Grebel. It didn’t take long for it to feel like home for me! In my spare time, or when I am not at work, you can find me playing with my cats or taking my dog Penny for a walk. I have been married since 2015 and enjoy living in the country with my husband where I can enjoy beautiful walks and help out on our family dairy farm. I feel so blessed to work here at Grebel.
Hello! I have worked at Grebel since 2004. I have worn a few hats in the kitchen and each has its challenges and pleasures. I am a two time cancer survivor and choose to see the cup half full! I am a proud “Gamma” of 5 grandchildren and love cooking, music, knitting , crocheting and spending time outdoors with my beautiful family.