In June, we celebrated Chef Eugene Silva’s 25 years of working with Eva’s.

Eugene works as the food coordinator at Eva’s Place. He creates a delicious menu providing three meals and two snacks for the young people staying with us each day.

“I’m motivated by my passion for cooking and the ability that food has to make youth feel comfortable,” says Eugene. “It’s receiving a compliment about my food from a young person and knowing that I’m a big part of their day that means the most.”

Eugene was instrumental in building Eva’s relationship with North York Harvest Food Bank. Thanks to his team’s efforts, we have received grants from the food bank for the last several years, which provided food prep equipment and funded a small cooking program for the youth at Place.

Moussa, Director of Programs at Eva’s, describes him as very reliable and well-organized.

“Eugene is an extremely dedicated team member who cares so much about supporting the young people,” he says. “From getting a youth a snack or comforting them with a meal, Eugene creates a welcoming space for the young people through food and humour.”

Congratulations, Eugene, and thank you for your dedication to the young people at Eva’s!