Embracing the history and success of Humber College, faculty and staff celebrated its 50th anniversary at this year’s groovy President’s BBQ.

Staff and faculty enjoyed live music, a 60s-themed photo booth, a candy bar and more with new and old faces who have worked at Humber throughout the years.  

The day started with the unveiling of a 50th anniversary garden created by staff at the Humber Arboretum and students in the Cabinet Making and Industrial Woodworking programs. The wooden carved “50” sign, surrounded by vibrant flowers, is located near the entrance of the Arboretum.

Humber president, Chris Whitaker later announced the renaming of three streets at the North Campus with former president, Robert “Squee” Gordon and Alister Mathieson, vice president of Advancement and External Affairs by his side.

Humber presented “Great Hawk Road” also known by its Ojibwe name, “Mishi Kaykayk Meekina,” “Alumni Place” and “Presidents’ Way” to honour the students, the history and the presidents who have helped build the Humber College name.

“The renaming of some of our campus street names will help ensure that our achievements and our history stay front-and-centre, even after the anniversary celebrations are long over,” says Whitaker. “Each name holds a special place in our history, present and future.”

Whitaker announced that staff, faculty and partners had raised more than $150,000 at this year’s Humber Golf Classic for future students. Since the tournament started five years ago, Humber has raised more than half a million dollars for student awards and scholarships.  

“Showing our commitment to out students’ success extends far beyond the walls of out classroom and campuses,” Whitaker says.