Manuela Farina, Community and Justice Services, 2019, is a Child and Youth Worker for D.L.C. Residential Services, an agency providing care and treatment to children with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities.
Dr. Rumeet Billan, Human Resource Management, 2006, is the Chief Learning Architect at Viewpoint Leadership, and the President and CEO at Jobs in Education. Featured in Forbes.com as a ‘Generation Entrepreneur,' and twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN, Rumeet focuses on enabling opportunities in education, learning, and personal and professional development. With the challenges brought on by COVID-19, she wrote and shared articles on mental health and posttraumatic growth, as well as this video to the Humber community featuring additional resources.
Lawrence Saindon, Paramedic, 1996, has been working for Peel Regional Paramedic Services since 2001. He has also been a supervisor for over 14 years. He has worked through SARS, Norwalk, Measles, Ebola, and now COVID-19.
“This one by far, has been the toughest. My wife, who is a breast cancer survivor, and my daughter had to move out of our house at the beginning of April. Thankfully, my mother-in-law was able to take them in.” By isolating himself from his family, Lawrence was taking the safety measures he felt was necessary to avoid exposure to COVID-19. Several weeks later, numbers of infected cases started to diminish, while at work, every precaution was taken to minimize danger with the use of personal protective equipment.
Over the May long weekend, his family came home. They remain cautious, washing, and sanitizing as much as possible and staying focused on their safety. “We are optimistic that the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to drop. As they fluctuate, we can only play our part hoping that a second wave does not come. I want to encourage everyone to please adhere to the physical distance guidelines. If we all work together, we can and will get over this virus.”
Mia Pajatin, Bachelor of Nursing, 2020, works the emergency room at Credit Valley Hospital, following in the footsteps of her mother. She was recently featured in a Mississauga.com article to speak about her experience.
“Working as a new graduate nurse in an Emergency Department during a pandemic is not how I imagined beginning my nursing career. However, I am excited to utilize the knowledge and skills that I’ve acquired at Humber College to help me be the best nurse that I can be!”
Michelle McLeod, Acting for Film and Television, 2013, is an actor and comedian best known for her role in the award-winning comedy Don't Talk to Irene. In November, 2019, she shared her story about her journey to success and passion for creating.
Amid COVID-19, she shared these sentiments with Humber and the creative community. “In times of uncertainty, see it as an opportunity to create and remain passionate about your dreams. Art is resilient. You can do anything you set your mind to!”
Marthese Fenech, Journalism, 2003; Creative Writing, 2004, is the author of Eight Pointed Cross, and its sequel Falcon's Shadow, both reaching number one on Amazon's Bestsellers list.
With the world impacted by a pandemic, Marthese opted to give back by providing an affordable escape through her literature and supporting causes to conquer COVID-19.
Sharon Kirsch, Creative Writing, 2004, is the author of What Species of Creatures, and The Smallest Objective, one of five recommended 2020 reads for World Alzheimer’s Month on the Canadian book site 49th Shelf.
Her latest book, a memoir, entails a daughter caring for her elderly mother. She shared her personal story, including challenges brought on by COVID-19, and how to overcome them, and raises awareness of the vulnerability of a population living with dementia amid a pandemic.