March 1st, 2021

What a year it's been

Two people in lab coats - one white and one blue - stand at a desk in a Humber lab, looking down at a glass vial. They are both wearing masks

There is an anniversary coming up, and it’s one many of us would likely prefer not to be celebrating. It has been almost a year since we made the decision to temporarily close Humber campuses for the safety of all students, faculty and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 13, 2020, we announced that Humber would cease on-site classes for a week. At the time, we had no idea that the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic would persist one year later, and that most of our staff and students would still be learning and working remotely.

So many things have changed since then. Much of our connection with peers and colleagues has shifted online, as have most courses and student services. We were able to reopen and begin limited in-person education in the summer with health and safety protocols in place. It’s been a year of adapting and innovating.

Beginning March 1, 2021, Humber College’s news site, Humber Today, will launch the #HumberTogether Series: A one-year lookback at notable moments at Humber during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-week series will highlight some of the community’s exceptional efforts over the last yearSome articles will showcase large initiatives and wins, while others will tell the stories of individuals who have made a difference for themselves and others.

Looking back to move forward

Across the college community, students have faced challenges and turned them into opportunitiesI am impressed and proud of how they have supported each other through a challenging year. 

Staff and faculty have also had to adapt to the changes brought about by a global pandemic. The Humber Today series will also tell some of their stories. 

I look forward to continuing to learn about the ways in which the Humber College community has united and found success over the past year. By reflecting on the good things that have come out of this pandemic, we can build positive momentum as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. By acknowledging the difficulties experienced by many and focusing on well-being in our personal and work lives, we can continue to find new ways to support each other.   

Thank you to the Humber community for all you have done to help one another during the pandemic. 

If you have a positive Humber experience or story from the last year, be sure to share it on social media using #HumberTogether.