Dedicating time can help career

4 12 2008

Kara Bertrand
Life Reporter, Humber Et Cetera
Published: April 2, 2008

Volunteering can give Humber students an advantage in the workforce as well as increase personal achievements, said Career Centre manager Karen Fast.

“You’re going to develop a really strong network, you are going to see another side of humanity and often times you’re going to learn new skills that you would not have normally learned on your own,” she said.

The Career Centre has a binder with volunteer opportunities around the city that is updated regularly. A board in the centre also outlines the benefits of volunteering.

“I think what I want to emphasize is the value of volunteering nowadays — how important it is to the employers and the fact that they’re actually looking for it on everybody’s resume,” said Fast.

Ken Wyman, co-ordinator of the fundraising and volunteer management program, said there are about 85,000 registered charities in the country and 100,000 non-profits.

“Any Humber student would find that they would get a welcome at a charity door,” he said.

Wyman said those with volunteer experience hold an advantage over those without.

“People that show they can handle difficult situations are more likely to get hired for their dream job,” he said.

He emphasized the importance of networking through these volunteer opportunities. “Developing that sort of social capital is tremendously important in a mobile society where many people feel isolated,” he said.

Victoria Boulton, 25, a fundraising and volunteer management program student, said charities often suffer without volunteers.

“Lack of money and volunteers basically means most organizations would not be able to function as they want to, if at all,” she said.

Fast added that getting out there is what is important.

“There’s so much need out there that sometimes you feel like it’s just a drop in the ocean, but you do what you can,” said Fast.

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4 12 2008

Awards banquet goes online to increase promotion
Kara Bertrand
Life Reporter, Humber Et Cetera
Published: March 5, 2008

Second year public relations students are using Facebook and YouTube to promote the nomination process of next month’s student appreciation awards banquet, said event chair Sebastian Gatica.

Exceptional Humber students, faculty and staff from all programs will be honoured at this year’s banquet on April 7 and nominations can be made between now and March 26.

“Our goal this year is to garner awareness on nominations,” said Gatica.

He said this is the first year students have used the popular Internet sites to promote the awards. YouTube has a video on how easy it is to nominate a member of the Humber community, and the organizers have started a group/event for the awards.

“With the new media, it should be great for us,” said Nancy Marino-Benn, a professor in the public relations program. “Other classes haven’t had the opportunity yet.”

“My students are involved in every aspect of the event,” she said. “Promotion, and the logistics of putting on the event.”

The banquet has been running for over 20 years, awarding those in the Humber community who go “above and beyond and really make a difference to Humber life,” said Alice Salamon, a Humber alumnus, and the awards and orientation co-ordinator.

While there are no specific categories, Salamon said there are usually about 10 inukshuk shaped trophies given out.

This year’s theme, Making New Waves, was chosen by the public relations students, reflecting changes at Humber in the past year, she said.

“The significance this year is we’re welcoming president John Davies, and so it’s about newness and it fits in to the décor theme, which will be sort of nautical,” she said.

The process involves an application and letter from the nominator on why the nominee deserves the award.

Revlon Stoddart, a fourth-year early childhood program student, was nominated last year but did not win an award.

“I felt it was a great opportunity to be recognized for what I’ve done because sometimes although you do things just because you’re passionate about it, you don’t really want that recognition, but when you get it, it’s just, ‘wow, someone actually saw that I did that,’” she said.

Salamon stressed the importance of writing a heart-felt letter for a nominee. “That’s really how we get a taste for the greatness of this person, that’s the only way that we can understand what they’ve done and how they’ve affected the life of somebody else.”

Nomination forms and official rules can be found online at