Tuesday, July 26, 2016

#Humber2Algonquin: The Best Humber Trip I've Taken

Why Algonquin Camping Trip is the best trip I had with Humber and why I think you should join too

By Bernadette Vina, International Student Ambassador, Bachelor of Journalism student

Photo by Ed Tse Studio 

Summer of 2015 wasn’t all sunshine for me, It was my first time living on my own. When I was asked to go with Humber to Algonquin, I was a bit hesitant, as much as I love the outdoor; I have never been a fan of camping. Growing up in Indonesia the only outdoor related trips I got to participate was a school retreat they do once in three years.

It took me one google search to convince myself to go, the pictures don’t lie, Algonquin is one of the best thing I have seen with my eyes. In those three days we were not only taught how to canoe, build our own fire, and got to see the most beautiful night sky, there was this sublime atmosphere surrounding us all throughout the whole trip, something I never felt when I’m in the city.

I made friends with everyone on the trip, but aside from just adding more people on my contact list, I learned so much from Amir and our group. The bond we shared on that three day trip was beyond what I expected. I learned to sing my first hindi song and made so many friends that I'm still so much in touch with. This trip has inspired me to get back to nature and it opened my eyes to another side of Canada.

The best experience though was swimming in the lake for the first time, right when I hit the water I felt so lucky to have come there. Just a month after my trip with Humber I decided to venture to another provincial park, but it wasn’t Algonquin, and it wasn’t with Humber. So although the view was as breathtaking, I realized how irreplaceable that first trip was. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Alumna Success Story: Somya Dixit

We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Somya Dixit, one of our alumni; it is a wonderful feeling, listening to amazing stories and seeing the impact a career-focused education can create.

Somya Dixit, a 2015 #HumberGlobal grad
Somya, a 2015 graduate of Humber’s postgraduate certificate in Public Relations (PR), said her reason to come to Canada and study at Humber was to embrace a fresh perspective and strengthen her learning curve as a seasoned PR professional. As she says, in life, we often forget to take a new look at different look at things around us; she got an opportunity and went for it! She was a postgraduate-level student who didn’t want to study just anything; she came across Humber because it was one of the rare places offering such a program. In addition, as she notes, “Humber holds a lot of credibility in the professional world.”

She says that going back to school felt awkward after being a working professional. Going to school was difficult; it was a reverse: boardroom to classroom experience. All the same, she says that her experience working at the McDonald’s corporate office and Edelman eased her transition to Canada and Humber as well. She had clear expectations from the course and its significance for her career path.

During her course, she enjoyed the intensity, the fast-paced nature of the course; it might have caught her off guard but she says it’s exciting with new things to learn every moment, a definite value addition to your skills and qualification.

She advises other international students that they will need extra time when it comes to career guidance, as moving to another country is fun but at the same time challenging. Her advice? “Keep your documentation perfect and follow a proactive approach. Talk to people, get help while taking the right decisions and do something that results into a long time job, hopefully via an internship.”

Somya now works at energiPR in Toronto.

She thanks Humber college for enhancing her skills, while adding this for future Humber grads: “Believe in yourself. It’s about learning. Be proactive in research and network. Do not solely depend on the college. You are absolutely equal to everyone and take that as an advantage. Meet people, talk to people, make mistakes and learn. Be open to conversations.I was excited getting back to work and re-energize my work life. Learn new things, understand a new market and implement different ideas and strategies. I did a thorough research on best PR agencies in Toronto who have a good reputation and clientele and then energiPR happened. I am very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful organization and work with the most amazing people and do work that matters. It is all about learning new things – I personally dislike mundane lifestyle so working on different projects has helped me evolve as a mature PR professional – Again, life is all about learning and experimenting. Make mistakes but don't repeat them."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

International Grad Reception - June 2016

An evening of friends, food and celebration. The annual International Graduate Reception held on June 6 was once again a resounding success. The event presented opportunities for international alumni to share their Humber success stories, mingle, and record their favourite Humber memory on video. Alumni participated in the reception along with notable Humber administration including the VP of Advancement and External Affairs and the Dean of International.

Both the VP, Dean of International, and alumni delivered memorable speeches to the graduates. They told their stories, stressed that the alumni are prepared for the world ahead, and encouraged them to maximize their potential in life post-graduation.  The event left all in attendance with an additional spark of self confidence in their abilities. See photos from the event here!

We at Humber International are proud of each and every new Humber alumni and wish all of our graduates the best for their future. The endless conversation and inspirational speeches left the alumni excited for what is to come, it certainly was a night to remember. To see for yourself, watch the event recap!

For more inspiring International alumni success stories, be sure to check out Palwinder Singh’s Humber story and Favourite Humber Memory Part 1 and Part 2

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Reading Between the Lines: Controversial Immigration Advising Cases

This November, Dalyce Newby, International Student Advisor in the International Centre and Nassime Yahyaei, Immigration Advisor from the University of Toronto, will be presenting “Reading Between the Lines: Controversial Immigration Advising Cases” at the Canadian Bureau for International Education Annual Conference.

This will be an interactive session that you will not want to miss! Participants will be engaged by challenging immigration advising cases that impact all areas of international student life in Canada. Participants will also be able to discuss their own stories and experiences and compare their own views with the presenters’ best practices. This event is sure to spark an interesting debate among presenters and international students alike.

The following are a few of the controversial cases of interest:

  • Institution letters that hinder applications for visa, study permit and work permit
  • On and off-campus work eligibility of International students who are obliged to take a part-time course-load during their final two academic terms
  • Common criminal and medical misrepresentations
This will be a great opportunity to educate yourself on current immigration policies and the way they may affect your international study experience in the future. We hope to see you there!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Humber Applied Technology Dean wins Award for Championing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Activities

This article originally appeared in Humber Communique on March 18, 2016 

Denise Devlin-Li, Dean of Humber’s School of Applied Technology was honoured this year as the inaugural recipient of the Humber Diversity Committee, Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Award for 2015-2016. The award, which recognizes outstanding dedication and commitment to increase inclusiveness, was presented on International Women’s Day by Nancy Simms, Director of Humber’s Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Diversity

Denise and Nancy
Denise and Nancy
Ms. Devlin-Li’s efforts have had a measurable effect: for more than 2 years, at least 700 students in Applied Technology programs receive human rights education in one of their classes and over 98% of full-time faculty have completed human rights training; this year, more than 1200 students as well as 250 faculty have attended a LBTQ+ inclusive training.

These statistics notwithstanding, the impact that championing these activities have toward shaping attitudes and empowering others to support equity and diversity extends beyond measure.

Congratulations, Denise! Thank you for being a role model and leader in addressing complex equity issues and advancing equity and inclusion at Humber

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Meet new International Student Advisor: Laurie Bradford

By Bernadette Vina, International Student Ambassador, Bachelor of Journalism student

You might have seen her sitting at Matthew’s or Candace’s desk a couple of times, or even walk in to see her for your inquiries; regardless, the name Laurie Bradford has likely popped into your inbox.
Laurie joined the International Centre team in March 2016, but she has been on the international scene since 2004. “I actually worked for the Ningbo-Jimei Program for 10 years,” Laurie said. She had many roles from faculty staff, program coordinator to program manager.
“I think what brings me to the International Centre is the scene. I just missed being around international students and helping them,” said Laurie. Aside from her professional experience, Laurie has been travelling most of her life; she was just 14 years old when she first traveled to Venezuela. It takes more than 10 fingers to count all the countries she visited throughout her life: “I’ve been to Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru, Korea, Guam, Thailand, Laos, El Salavador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.”

Fast forward to five years after her first visit abroad, she decided to study for a year in Mexico. “I think Mexico has been a part of me ever since; it definitely shaped me into who I am today and ahora puedo hablar espaƱol,” said Bradford which means “now I can speak Spanish.”

Another fun fact is not only that she’s multilingual but also she used to be in a band and toured across the United States. “I started touring in 1994 and went across the States and Canada for the next five years,” she said. When asked if she could play any instruments, “my voice is my Instrument,” she answered. So if you get the chance to hear her sing someday, consider yourself lucky.
After her musical career, Laurie, still craving for more adventures, decided to go to South Korea. She stayed in Seoul and taught English as a second language. Now after more than 16 years of exploring diversity and learning new cultures, Laurie is now available full time to help all Humber International students for advice and Inquiries.
She’s available at Lakeshore campus every Wednesday and the rest of the weekdays at North campus. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Upcoming Events & Workshops for International Students

This article originally appeared on Humber Communique on July 5, 2016

Summer has arrived and the International Centre has been busy planning new events for international students, staff, and faculty! Upcoming events will take you to some popular destinations in Toronto and into the Canadian wilderness. Still not convinced? Drop by the International Centre and speak to our student ambassadors at the front desk; they will answer any questions you may have.

Any Day
Wonderland Tickets Cost: $30/person
Location: Take Highway 400 North or South to Rutherford Road in Vaughan (Exit 33). Go north on Canada's Wonderland Drive and follow signs to Park entrance
Registration: Registration required in person at the International Centre

Friday, July 29, 2016
Blue Jays Baseball Game Cost: $40/person
Location: Take the Kipling Station east along the Bloor/Danforth line into downtown Toronto. Exit at the St. George stop and transfer south on the Yonge/University/Spadina line to Union Station where Rogers Centre is located. The game starts at 7:00pm.
Registration: Tickets will be handed out upon registration at the international centre
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July 16, 2016
Niagara Falls - Horn Blower Cruise Cost: $20/person (guests are welcome)
Location: Buses will leave from the North Campus at 8:30am and from the Lakeshore Campus at 9:00 a.m.
Registration: Registration required in person at the International Centre
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Workshop - Post-Graduation Work Permit (North)Location: North Campus – Room B201 at 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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Wednesday August 3, 2016
Workshop - Post-Graduation Work Permit (Lakeshore)Location: Lakeshore Campus L3001 at 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, August 16 – Thursday, August 18, 2016
Algonquin Park - Overnight Camping ExperienceCost: $250/person, includes food and equipment, bus and 4 extremely well trained guides!
Location: Buses leave North Campus at 8:00 a.m. on Tues. Aug. 16
Registration: Registration required in person at the International Centre
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Friday, August 19, 2016
Wasaga Beach TripLocation: Buses leave from the North Campus at 8:30 a.m. and from the Lakeshore Campus at 9:00 a.m.
Registration: Registration required in person at the International Centre
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We would appreciate your support promoting our upcoming events for international students and alumni. If you have any interest in attending, please contact one of our International Student Advisors: Matthew McDonald at Lakeshore and Matthew Keefe at North.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Humber Interfaith July Calendar - Multifaith Holy Days & Festivals

This article originally appeared in Humber Communique on July 5, 2016

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In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, we provide the following Multifaith Holy Days & Festivals realizing that it is not exhaustive. Should you wish your faith’s days to be included, please contact the Chaplain at 416.675.6622 x4427 or chaplain@humber.ca for due consideration.

01 Friday 

Canada Day (Canada)

Honours the establishment of Canada on July 01, 1867 by the British North America Act, which proclaimed “one Dominion under the name of Canada” and instituted Canada’s federal government. Formerly called Dominion Day, this holiday was officially named Canada Day by an act of Parliament on Oct 27, 1982.

July = Mskomini Giizis / Xmaay (Aboriginal)
 Mskomini Giizis is also known as Raspberry Moon (Ojibwe). Xmaay is the
 season of big berries (Other).

02 Saturday

Laylat-al-Qadr (Islam)
 Commemorates the revealing of the Qu’ran to the prophet Muhammad in 610 CE.

04 Monday

New Moon

The moon is at its least visibility.

06 Wednesday

Eid-al-Fitr to July 08 (Islam)

The Breaking of the Fast is a 3-day feast to end Ramadan. Note: Those using eastern calendars may celebrate starting July 07.

09 Saturday

Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

Memorializes the death of the Bab and Baha’is suspend work on this day.

13 Wednesday

Katimat to July 31(Baha’i)
Katimat, meaning Words, is the seventh month of the Baha’i year.

19 Tuesday

Full Moon The moon is at its greatest visibility
Wassa / Wassana (Buddhism)
The beginning of the three-month 'Rains Retreat' for monks and nuns to devote themselves to self-examination through study, meditation and service and to celebrate the first teaching of the Buddha.

Guru Purnima (Hinduism, Jainism)
Disciples venerate and honour their spiritual masters (gurus).

24 Sunday

Pioneer Day (Mormonism)
Honours the pioneers who settled in Utah in 1847.

30 Saturday

Oh-Harai-Taisai (Shinto)
As an act of inner purification for sins and offenses during the first half of the year, Japanese worshippers walk through a large ring of woven grasses and reeds at the entrance to shrines as part of the Great Purification Festival. The ceremony is usually celebrated in July and occurs twice a year (and can be on June 30 and December 31). Inside each shrine, a vessel of water is used for ritual ablutions that include rinsing the hands and mouth (called ohairai) to restore internal balance to the body before approaching the kami (nature spirits).

Monday, July 4, 2016

Humber Alumnus Wins RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award

This article originally appeared in Humber Communique on June 29, 2016

Congratulations to Renan Orquiza (Alumnus of Humber's Engineering Bridging Program) on receiving the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award! 

Thanks to all those who voted for Renan and supported his amazing accomplishment! 

Cheers to a truly deserving candidate!

About the Award

RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards is an annual people's choice awards campaign that celebrates Canadian Immigrants.

Renan has beaten out stiff competition from across the country to make the Top 25. You know it's a big deal when you're on the same list as Canada's Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan!

About Renan

Philippines-born Renan Orquiza arrived in Canada on May 31, 2013, and unlike other newcomers who were struggling in adapting and landing their desired job within their professional field, he seemed to have planned things out and was able to transition his life smoothly. 

While employed, Renan participated in the four-month Engineering Bridging Program offered at Humber College, which helps engineering students to upgrade their technical skills, as well as soft skills. 

Despite having arrived in Canada just 3 years ago, Renan has already made several significant contributions to the community. 

As a volunteer with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), he helped facilitate a bridge building competition for high school students and was asked to assist in other events within the PEO. In early 2015, he was elected to become one of the executive board members and is currently appointed as the environmental committee chair. 

He also volunteers with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) Authority promote their environmental programs and share information with the public about maintaining and preserving the conservation areas. Because of his efforts, he received a long hours service recognition from CVC. He was also selected as the 2014 recipient of the Newcomer Gem Volunteer Award. 

As a member of the grad panel of the Engineering Software Skills Enhancement Program at Humber College, he shares his advice and experiences with other newcomer students with the hope of aiding their professional development in Canada.

At present, he is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) within Ontario and working as a project manager at Watters Environmental Group Inc., an environmental consulting firm based in Vaughan, Ontario. 

All these contributions have resulted in Renan securing the prestigious RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. We cannot be happier for Renan and take great pride in sharing this story.

We're sure this is just one of many more awards to come! 

Congratulations, Renan!