On the heels of our first-ever fall reading week, I hope Humber students had the opportunity to connect with friends and family and prepare for the rest of the semester.
Last week, Canadians also headed to the polls for the federal election, which resulted in a minority Liberal government. This year, the number of people between the ages of 18 and 38 were the largest voting age group, representing more than a third of the electorate across the country. At Humber, there were new opportunities for students to make their voices heard through Elections Canada’s expanded Vote on Campus initiative. Elections Canada provided advance polling stations at North and Lakeshore Campus and election day polls to students in Humber’s North Campus residence. The Vote on Campus initiative resulted in more than 111,000 votes cast across the country compared to 70,000 in 2015. It was also great to see more than 50 students across seven programs in the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts volunteer their time to cover the election through reporting, television, radio, photography and more on Humber News and Humber Radio 96.9 FM.
As we continue to be future focused in the way we teach and learn, Humber’s Office of Sustainability recently hosted Fair Trade Campus Week at North and Lakeshore Campus. Events included receiving free Fairtrade tea and coffee on campus at the Fairtrade Beverage Cart and more.
Joining this movement is an integral step in educating the Humber Community about the importance of Fair Trade and making conscious consumption choices that are fair to everyone. At Humber, we want to make a positive impact on our environment and put our values into action. Humber’s designation as a Fair Trade Campus demonstrates that the choices we are making as an institution have us on the right path.
If you have missed our Fairtrade events, you can join the movement year-round by making your next coffee or tea purchase on campus Fairtrade certified. You can also look for the Fairtrade mark on your next chocolate bar purchase.
Humber will also be celebrating our fall 2019 graduates at Convocation on November 7. This is one of my favourite times to come together as a community to celebrate our students’ accomplishments and look ahead to a future of possibilities. Marci Ien, who is a co-host of CTV’s The Social, and former news anchor and co-host on CTV’s CANADA AM, will be receiving an honorary degree. I look forward to sharing this moment with our community and look forward to welcoming new graduates to the Humber alumni family.
Join us in congratulating our grads or sharing your experiences using #HumberConvo on social media. I will also be sharing some of my favourite convocation moments on Twitter @humberpresident.