About Our Students

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Paul Aboud

Professional Baking and Pastry Arts

For Paul Aboud, owner of the Hearthstone Artisan Bakery in south Nanaimo, his training laid the foundation that has earned his business a national reputation for making high-quality breads and pastries, but equally important were his experiences after graduating.

“Much of the knowledge I gained about running a business was paying attention to the way things were done at the different bakeries I worked at between... more

Medina Mayes

Making quality products is what it’s all about for Medina Mayes, owner of Nanaimo’s only artisan cupcake shop. A Wee Cupcakery opened in 2010 in the Old City Quarter.  

“I wanted to have my own place where I could bake with butter and create something special with my hands,” she explains.

A Wee Cupcakery offers a wide variety of cupcake flavours and other specialty baked goods. Mayes, who graduated in 2005, says something she’s... more

Kara Shedden

Professional Baking and Pastry Arts

Kara Shedden has always wanted to own her own ice cream shop, and now that her dream has come true, life is pretty sweet.

After graduating from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Baking and Pastry Arts foundation program in 2016, she started her own business selling baked goods at the Island Roots Farmers’ Market; however, making ice cream was what she really wanted to do.

“After many phone calls and realizing that I wouldn’t be able to sell ice... more