Senseless violence is just that – senseless. Recently the Humber community was reminded of this with the passing of student Hashim Hashi, 20, in a tragic incident near his home. We are saddened and sorry to learn about this loss and our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.
Representatives from Humber have been in touch with his family and after receiving their consent, we are able to share this news with you now.
As a community, we are hurting. Today, Humber College lowered the flags to half-staff to remember Hashim. Humber will also be awarding his Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting credential, posthumously, to his family.
This event will, no doubt, have an impact on many of our students and staff. Not just for those that knew Hashim but also as this sad news prompts reflection on their own lived experiences.
The diversity of the Humber community is one of our greatest strengths. Humber condemns all acts of violence and we stand in solidarity with our community during this difficult time.
For students who may need support, please reach out to Student Wellness and Counselling (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book an appointment to speak with a counsellor or health care provider. Alternatively, if at any time you need immediate personal support or counselling, you can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, or Therapy Assist Online, which provides online and mobile tools.
Employees may reach out to their manager or connect with the Employee Assistance Program through Human Resources.
Additionally, there are specialized services in the community to support those who are impacted by violence. Victim Services of Toronto, 416-808-7066, provides immediate Crisis Response, intervention and prevention services to individuals, families and communities affected by crime and sudden tragedies. Distress Centre, 416-408-HELP (4357), provides 24-hour crisis telephone support, and the Gerstein Centre, Crisis Line 416-929-5200.
Over the last year, with respect to the challenges of the pandemic, I have said many times that we are in this together. Let’s come together now to help each other as we mourn the loss of one of our students.
President, CEO Humber I.T.A.L.