Asian Correspondent » Humber University Asian Correspondent Tue, 26 May 2015 03:51:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Humber degree advertising hits overdrive Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:30:18 +0000

You might have just participated in Humber’s latest advertising blitz.

Humber’s Degree Bus recently made an appearance at the college’s North Campus, where students and staff took a brief tour of the travelling advertisement. It’s one of six buses on the Mississauga and Brampton routes.

The bold ad is part of the college’s latest marketing campaign that poses the question: Is a Humber degree for you?

“You can’t miss it,” said John Davies, Humber President, referring to the colourful, fully-wrapped Brampton Transit vehicle that advertises Humber’s various degree programs. “We’re introducing new degrees every year and it’s important for our diploma students to know that they can move on to degree completion if they choose.”

Students were intrigued as they passed the bus on their way to class, with the more adventurous hopping on board to inspect the branded interior and give their impressions.

Hunyah Irfan, a Paralegal diploma student who plans to move into the Paralegal Studies degree program, was impressed by the college’s degree advertising push.

“I don’t think any other college has done this,” she said. “It’s a pretty clever way to make sure everyone knows about Humber degrees.”

A contest on Humber’s official Facebook page asked students to take their photo with the bus and upload it to win a prize. Rachel Revoredo, Dave Belsito, and Carolyn Anne were the winners of Tim Horton’s gift cards for receiving the most “likes” for their photos.

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A degree for lasting change Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:33:13 +0000

Starting in September 2012, students will have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of International Development degree at Humber College.

Humber has a long history in the international development field, thanks to its International Development postgraduate certificate program and the Humber International Development Institute, which presents workshops on development issues, such as Grant Writing and Managing Humanitarian Assistance. Humber graduates work throughout the industry, from aid organizations such as Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, to international groups, such as the United Nations. This new degree will provide students with advanced academic education, cross-cultural learning experiences and applied learning, through a 14-week work placement.

“International development is the fifth largest industry in the world, and there is a lot of money involved, so there is an increasing demand for international development graduates with business skills,” says Susan MacGregor, who teaches in the International Development program. “Our degree is offered in The Business School, allowing the students to learn about the industry, and gain the business skills they need to succeed.”\

A number of international development organizations were on hand for the first-ever International Development Institute Innovation Fair in 2011, organized by Humber and held in collaboration with World Vision Canada and Save the Children. For students attending and working at the event, it was a good learning opportunity.

“Networking and learning first-hand from international development professionals gives us a glimpse of the type of current projects and initiatives that are happening around the globe,” says Jenna Bind, a student who was working at the World Vision table. “I wanted to work in a field that would give a lasting benefit to society. When I found the International Development program at Humber, I knew it would give me the skills to get involved in the industry and improve the lives of people in many countries.”

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Humber Arboretum becomes first Platinum EcoCentre in Ontario Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:28:21 +0000

The Humber Arboretum is continuing to push the boundaries of sustainable development. The Centre for Urban Ecology is the first in Ontario to be awarded a Platinum Certification level from the new provincial EcoCentres program.

EcoCentre designation is awarded to education centres that have completed every component of the process checklist.

“The EcoCentre certification process doesn’t only focus on the building operations,” said Darryl Gray, Manager, Education, Toronto and Region Conservation. “It also looks at how people work in the building, the student learning experience, and accessibility.”

The award was received at the Humber hosted event by Arboretum director, Melanie Sifton, who acknowledged the hard work of staff and students throughout the nine-month certification process

“We’re honoured to be getting this award,” said Sifton. “It’s meant a lot of collaboration between staff and students. It proves that our Centre has been implementing and promoting sustainable practices from the start.”

Humber’s Sustainable Energy and Building Technology student, Graeme McKenzie, played a key role in the carbon neutrality component of the certification.

“I had the opportunity to assist in the process through my workstudy,” said McKenzie. “Being in Humber’s Sustainable program gave me that opportunity.”

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Degree music students visit Mexico for Literary Festival and G20 reception Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:07:20 +0000

An invite to play at the Canadian Literary Festival in Tepoztlan, Mexico has turned into a string of performances for Humber’s Latin Jazz Ensemble. The 14-member group, led by world-renowned Latin composer and Humber instructor Hilario Duran, has also been asked to play the at G20 reception, the Canadian Embassy, and two leading universities as part of their tour.

Denny Christianson, Humber’s Director of Music, explained how the strength of the music program’s reputation opened up the travel opportunity for the students.

“The Canadian Literary Festival in Mexico wanted our top student group to help them branch out into music.” said Christianson. “They offered to pay all our expenses so it was pretty easy to say yes.”

Christianson believes that experiencing local culture and entertainment is a unique way for the students to enhance their real-world learning in the Contemporary Music Degree program.

While the trip will be a new experience for many of the students, it will be a familiar one for band cello player, Mariel Gonzalez, who lived in Mexico before moving to Canada to further her career in music.

“I can’t wait to see my family and friends,” said Gonzalez. “I’m excited to see how they react to a Canadian interpretation of Latin music.”

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Humber’s V.P. Academic showcases creative side Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:35:51 +0000

Humber\'s V.P. Academic showcases creative side (Click and see the youtube clip)

For someone who describes their occupation as an administrator who works “down in one of the bureaucratic areas” of Humber, Michael Hatton can list off a number of impressive destinations that he’s been fortunate enough to visit.

Hatton, vice-president, Academic, is sharing his experiences at the University of Guelph-Humber Art Gallery with Faces & Spaces, a collection of photographs that spans nearly four decades.

“I started to get involved in international work with Humber and I found the opportunity to travel around the world to countries that most people dream about,” said Hatton. “I always carried the camera along.”

As the exhibit title suggests, Hatton’s canvas-printed photography focuses primarily on portraits of individuals he’s encountered on his travels and the colourful landscapes where they reside.

“Most of what you’ll see in the exhibit is from Tibet and Indonesia,” said Hatton, although the collection also showcases images taken in Ontario and Newfoundland.

When asked about his inspiration, Hatton admits that he’s not certain what sparks his creative side when he’s behind the lens.

“I am very much a person of the moment when it comes to photography.”

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e-Business grads find jobs e-asily Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:26:47 +0000

Job search? What job search? e-Business Marketing graduate Wassim Heematally was hired after his first interview, just days after beginning to look for work.

Heematally, who graduated from Humber College’s four-year Bachelor of Applied Business – e-Business Marketing degree program, works at TD Auto Finance Services as a bilingual resolutions associate. He was pleasantly surprised to be hired so quickly after graduating.

“I didn’t expect to get a job so soon, especially in a slower economy,” he says, “but I was well prepared for the interviews and I had a lot of experience thanks to my co-op at MDG Computers.”

Heematally started at Humber with minimal experience in computers. He had immigrated to Canada from Mauritius two years before starting at Humber in 2007.

“I only knew a little about email and e-commerce, but it was easy to see the trend of business moving online,” he says.

Heematally found that he was able to learn a great deal quickly thanks to the experienced faculty and small class sizes.

“We learned about web development, e-marketing, database systems, CRM (Customer Relationship Management), and data mining,” he says. “This isn’t a computer science program. These are advanced business skills that companies and organizations require, and most degrees do not focus on them.”

Another graduate, Ryan Daoust, now works at Home Depot’s head office as a business-to- business (B2B) coordinator and graduated in 2009.

“I wanted to get an education in a field where I could get a job. e-Business is a newer field and a growing industry,” Daoust says.

Now, as a B2B manager, he builds relationships with suppliers, does gross margin analysis, and analyzes sales data, among other responsibilities.

“My co-op at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation also helped prepare me for working with different computer systems. My colleagues are impressed with how much I know.”

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Learning locally, working globally Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:18:46 +0000

Humber College’s Bachelor of Applied Business – International Business degree can take students around the world. For Bianca Khomasurya, her internship took her to a printing company in Indonesia.

“I worked directly with the manager of the printing company on many logistical jobs,” the fourth-year student says. “Sitting in on meetings with clients was especially interesting because I learned different sales and marketing strategies.”

Khomasurya, pictured below, wanted to see how business is different outside of Canada.

“I learned the business culture in Indonesia is very different,” she says. “There is more of a focus on final results than there is on process. Working abroad gave me useful information as I decide what to do after I graduate.”

Humber International Business graduates have a wide variety of career options, says program coordinator Pierre-Pascal Gendron.

“Students learn about international aspects of banking, finance, logistics, marketing and also cross-cultural communications,” says Gendron. “They gain practical skills through projects such as creating a comprehensive strategic plan to launch a business into an international market.”

Khomasurya, an Etobicoke resident, came to Humber after one year of university in Ottawa. Humber appealed to her in part for the location and attractive Lakeshore Campus, but also because the program promised to teach her international business theory and offered a paid internship.

“Many jobs require having a degree and work experience, which is why I picked Humber,” she says. “When companies look at my resumé, they will see that I have the knowledge and experience to contribute right away.”

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Humber Entering Sixth Year of Partnership with NKUHT Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:41:56 +0000

The School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism offers students from National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT ) the opportunity to study and work in Canada during their third year of study. This provides students with exposure to studying business practices and gaining experience in international tourism and hospitality in two distinct parts of the world. In August 2010, twenty-nine eager and excited students arrived in Canada to begin their program. As a part of the curriculum, these students planned and executed a Taiwanese Cultural Event where Humber staff and students were treated to an elaborate cultural exhibition, including cooking demonstrations and tasting, traditional dances and more.

Dr. Hsiao-I Hou, a faculty member from NKUHT, accompanied the group to Canada and is teaching classesat Humber for the 2010/2011 academic year. Hsiao-I has a Masters Degree in Instructional Design from The University of Massachusetts, a Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from McGill University and a PhD from The University of Minnesota. Her research interests include institutional research, and the internationalization of higher education.

Beginning in January 2012, qualified hospitality and tourism students from Humber will have the opportunity to study in Taiwan. This program will include a semester of study, followed by eight months of paid internship.

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Alumnus Rahul Singh wins 2011 Premier’s Award Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:39:48 +0000 Singh, a 1993 graduate of the Paramedic program, won a 2011 Premier’s Award as Outstanding Health Sciences graduate at the 2011 Colleges Ontario Higher Education Summit in late November.

He was presented with the award in recognition of creating GlobalMedic, a frontline medical agency which provides cost-effective disaster relief around the world in the aftermath of a catastrophe.

Created in 1999, GlobalMedic is globally recognized as an innovative and efficient aid organization. Singh has led more than 50 missions to more than 30 countries. He credits the growth of GlobalMedic to the many paramedics, police, community workers and nurses that are part of his organization and have graduated from Ontario colleges.

“Humber College’s Paramedic program put students in a position where we are actually trained to save lives,” Singh says. “When you work on an international disaster, you need to be equipped and trained well to get in there and be effective. Humber gives students that opportunity.”

GlobalMedic’s innovative methodology is designed to empower domestic communities and it has developed a deployment system which ensures aid workers and supplies reach those in need. This strategy has been imitated by other aid organizations. Recent initiatives by GlobalMedic include donating surplus firefighting equipment to developing countries and providing families with access to clean water. Since its inception, the organization has donated more than $10 million worth of relief items worldwide.

Singh’s work has led to many notable accolades. In 2006, he was awarded the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Humanitarian of the Year Award by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In 2009, he was named one of “Canada’s Top 40 Canadians under 40” which was followed in 2010 by being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

“I am extremely honoured to have been selected as the recipient of this award,” says Singh. “Being a paramedic is a very stressful job. You’re constantly put into situations where you have to make a critical decision that affects someone’s life. Humber prepared me to make sound assessments in an instant when a life is at stake.”

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Humber journalism students take bite out of Big Apple Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:52:48 +0000

Humber College Journalism students have won two highly coveted College Media Advisors convention Apple awards, as well as 26 top prizes in the 2011 Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in New York City.

The Apple Awards went to Humber TV News for Best TV Broadcast and @Humber Radio News for Best Radio Broadcast. The CSPA awards include eight first place prizes for work by Humber students in work in online, magazine and video, including Best Podcast, Best Multimedia Presentation, Best General Feature and Best Design for a magazine digital and online edition.

“These awards are wonderful news for our students,” said Mike Karapita, Humber Journalism Coordinator. “We thank our students for their dedication and hard work, and we thank the judges at Columbia for honouring Humber in this way.”

Humber students swept several CSPA categories, winning first, second and third prizes for magazine design, in-depth feature writing, and personal opinion. In all, the college won eight first-place, eight second-place and 10 third-place prizes.

“It’s thrilling to win. It was a nice feeling to read my name on the list of awards. And it made for a great call home to mom and dad,” said Meg Banks, a second-year accelerated journalism student, who won first for best podcast and third for best online secondary coverage. “The awards show how well prepared Humber students are for the industry now and what it will look like in the future.”

Last fall, Humber Journalism won another 16 awards from Columbia for work in newspaper, including two first-place prizes for page design.

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Humber Launches Bachelor of International Development Degree Fri, 09 Dec 2011 19:56:03 +0000

Humber College has received approval from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to offer a new four-year Bachelor of International Development degree beginning in September 2012.

The Bachelor of International Development degree will teach students the skills needed for international development projects, such as managing construction of clean water facilities in isolated settings, coordinating relief to natural disaster victims or developing funding plans for charities. Graduates may find work for international organizations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and businesses that focus on international development and management.

“The degree program will meet the intense demands of industry and will significantly add to the quality of our already strong International Development certificate programs. Humber graduates can be found in many areas of Canadian and international development organizations, agencies and businesses,” said Wanda Buote, associate dean, The Business School. “Humber has an outstanding reputation in the international development community for its certificates, as well as the work of the International Development Institute. The new credential gives students another option in which to pursue their international development education.”

Humber designed the program in response to increased demand for graduates with training in the nuances of international relations and development strategies.

“International development work has never been more necessary than it is today. Organizations, agencies and businesses are in need of skilled, well-trained individuals with a passion for helping those around the world,” said Buote. “This program will give Humber students a well-rounded undergraduate degree education and prepare them to be job-ready when they graduate. Courses were developed with input from development professionals to ensure that content is current and relevant.”

The curriculum will include four streams: international development studies, supplementary disciplines, management skills and research skills. Courses will include Cultural & Development Management, Management Information Systems, NGO Management, Organizational Behaviour, and Public Engagement & Marketing. As part of Humber’s focus on ensuring students get relevant work experience, all students will get a 14-week work placement between years three and four of the program. Many professors in the program work for either developing economies or for international development and funding organizations.

The program will take place at Humber Lakeshore Campus. Applications are being accepted through the Ontario College Application Service at

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Street Heat puts chefs in the spotlight Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:01:19 +0000
Three student chefs from around the country, including Humber College, were put into the fire as they competed at the 2011 TABASCO® Brand Street Heat Junior Chef Meet Finals.

The chefs competed in the Humber concourse, before a panel of judges, dozens of students and several television cameras, as they cooked their recipes for the ideal street vendor food. Aphisith Phongsavanh (seen above) was competing from Humber College. He was joined by Stacey Cornish, from SIAST, and Janine Hall, from Niagara College, who would win the competition.

Each of the students had submitted their recipes and photos of the finished meals online to TABASCO®. The Louisiana-based company, known worldwide for its various sauces, after considering many submissions, selected three competitors and brought them to Toronto for the event.

Celebrity chef David Adjey hosted the event and was part of the judging panel. He told the audience that the competition was something he had been looking forward to for some time.

“It is exciting to see how talented these students are and the terrific food they are cooking,” said Adjey. “They’re cooking on stoves and out at the grill, which is where real street cooking takes place. I can’t wait to try the dishes they are making.”

This was the first TABASCO® cooking competition held in Canada, and for the students, the first time many had cooked before an audience.

“They always have a cooking competition in the States, but this year, we decided as part of Humber’s new partnership with TABASCO, to see if we could host the competition in Toronto. We were pleased that one of our students was selected to the top three,” said Humber culinary professor Shonah Chalmers after the event.

“Competing is a great way to learn about the pressure of cooking, and everything these students learned, from preparing their kitchen before to cooking in front of an audience, will benefit them as they move forward.”

Phongsavanh was excited to compete before his friends and colleagues. He created a pita with grilled chicken, flavoured with exotic herbs in a tribute to his Laotian heritage.

“I was really pleased with how my dish turned out and how I did,” the second-year [ ]Culinary Management student said. “It was an amazing opportunity to be here and to just learn from the other cooks. Everything that was cooked was delicious. Challenging myself with the Street Heat event is an amazing way to learn about cooking and I’m definitely looking forward to more competitions.”

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Alumnus Rumeet Toor wins Top 100 Award Mon, 05 Dec 2011 20:51:32 +0000

Humber alumnus Rumeet Toor once again received the prestigious 2011 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100TM Award in the Future Leaders category.

Toor, who earned her Human Resources Management postgraduate certificate from Humber in 2006, was selected for her many achievements, which include starting a successful business, Jobs in Education, that contributes profits to global educational causes, as well as teaching leadership courses at Humber College.

The 28-year-old alumnus, pictured above in Kenya, joins a community of 584 women who have received the Top 100™ Award, recognizing the highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada. Winners are selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, their organization’s financial performance, and their commitment to their communities.

I am honoured to receive this award again,” said Toor, who first made the list at the age of 25. “My mission is to contribute to the field of education in a meaningful way. I am constantly inspired by the positive transformation that can occur within a classroom.”

Over the past six years, she has contributed to school building initiatives in Africa and South America. In 2010, her vision for training educators in Africa led to the founding of The Toor Centre for Teacher Education in the rural community of Nzeveni, Kenya. The Toor Centre provides much needed training as well as employment and leadership opportunities.

“It is one thing to build schools but you must also ensure that educators are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully guide the next generation of leaders,” she says.

In Canada, Toor has been operating her successful for-profit business Jobs in Education, begun her PhD in Higher Education at University of Toronto, and teaches leadership courses at Humber College to “students who want to make a difference by taking action and getting involved.”

For all she has learned, she believes her studies at Humber provided her with the core knowledge to be successful in her professional and educational pursuits.

“I chose Humber because of its reputation, the curriculum, and because the flexibility of the program was what I needed,” she says. “I still go back to my Humber assignments to help with my current work.”

Toor, who was honoured with the other winners on December 1 in Toronto, is deeply committed to improving the lives of citizens in communities both local and abroad. She was selected to represent Canada at the 6th Annual UNESCO International Leadership Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, and was a facilitator for the European Regional Forum in Italy. She also served as the Canadian Ambassador for the 1GOAL: Education for All campaign with FIFA World Cup.

“The possibilities to enable education around the world are endless, and this is just the beginning,” says Toor.

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Leading telecom company turns to Humber students to fill jobs Mon, 05 Dec 2011 16:24:54 +0000 When companies such as Rogers, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Telus are looking for skilled employees, they turn to emergiTEL, a provider of staffing, outsourcing, consulting and training in the telecom and information technology (IT) industries. When emergiTEL needs to find skilled, qualified people who know the wireless industry, it turns to Humber College.

Humber’s Wireless Telecommunications program has partnered with emergiTEL for five years. emergiTEL is one of the fastest growing companies in Canada, with revenue that has grown on average by 300 per cent per year since its inception in 2006. Much of their work relates to handsets testing that mobile companies are planning to launch. The company also assists Canadian mobile providers, such as Rogers Mobility, with their staffing needs. To find qualified workers quickly, emergiTEL often looks to Humber students to fill staffing needs.

Humber is a leading provider of qualified employees to the company, with three working for it directly, and many more for the companies that work with emergiTEL. In turn, emergiTEL representatives are on Humber’s Wireless Telecommunications program advisory board, providing input on the program curriculum. In addition, the company sponsors two monetary prizes for students each year.

“emergiTEL representatives come right on campus to interview our students, for their partners, as well as for their company,” says Hyder Khoja, who teaches in the program. “They advise us on upcoming technology and the latest innovations that carriers and vendors are working on so that our wireless program stays current. As a result, they know that Humber graduates are prepared to enter the working world, and it saves them time and expenses on recruiting.”

There are numerous benefits for students that come with strong industry connections.

“We talk with industry representatives every year to find out what changes they would recommend for our program,” says Khoja. “Because they learn the most up-to-date curriculum, our students are employed in the field soon after graduating, some before they complete the program. When we send companies good people, it benefits the college, because people learn that Humber provides applicable training. This is a program that is very attractive internationally, because the wireless industry is growing around the world. ”

The wireless telecommunications industry is competitive and has a high demand for skilled workers, says Khoja.

“Companies such as emergiTEL know that our program meets their requirements, so they come to us first,” he says. “Humber’s reputation has grown significantly in the telecommunications industry. emergiTEL is extremely happy with the students we have placed with them so far, and they are constantly looking for more Humber graduates.”

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Humber professor wins Juno award for Traditional Jazz album Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:11:32 +0000
The Juno awards had a Humber touch, as Humber faculty member John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra won in the Traditional Jazz Category on Saturday evening.

John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra won for their album, Our First Set. The group actually won over another album with a Humber connection, as Kirk Macdonald’s Songbook Vol. 2 was nominated in the same category. Macdonald is also a music professor at Humber.

Our First Set was also co-produced, and engineered, by Humber’s head of Music Production, Ian Terry. This also marks the first Juno winner recorded at Humber Recording Studios, and over half of the orchestra are Humber faculty members.

MacLeod (seen above) is a native of Toronto, and had an early interest in jazz as a child. He began playing the trumpet when he was 12. He would go on to become a student at Humber College, before beginning a long career in the music industry. This included several years with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass.

“John was inspired by Humber arranging guru Ron Collier during his student years here,” said Denny Christianson, director of the Humber music program. “John has, in turn, inspired a huge number of arranging students during his years on our faculty and he is our lead arranging teacher.”

Christianson was also thrilled with Terry’s victory, though this is not the first of his long career. Terry has produced and engineered more than 5,000 recordings.

“He has had an amazing career, with major stars from around the globe, recording in every genre you can imagine, and has won several Junos and Felixes during this span,” said Christianson. “But in its own way, probably none as sweet as this one.”

MacLeod was actually touring on the weekend, playing a concert in Owen Sound on Sunday. He said on the band’s Facebook page that he was grateful for the support he is receiving from his friends and fans.

“Hearing from so many friends is probably the sweetest part of this whole awards thing,” he said. “Thank you all.”

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Humber graphic designers show Japan some love Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:01:04 +0000
Humber graphic design faculty, students and alumni used their talents to support Japan at a special event in downtown Toronto.

Humber Multimedia Design Production Technician instructor Linda Nakanishi organized To Japan With Love, an event where designers showcased their abilities by creating Japan-themed designs for posters and art cards. Hundreds of people attended and gave donations, as well as purchased posters and art cards. The event raised more than $3,200 after expenses, which will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.

“I admire the strength they have, because what has happened in Japan is such a horrible thing, and all the images we see on TV… I can’t even imagine,” Linda said.

Those who attended the art show were amazed by how the artists love their country and how the art has so much symbolism in it.

They have created the website Through the website people can buy the artwork and they will support Japan continuously…

To find out more info, visit

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