Humber students enjoyed the sweet taste of advocacy while raising money to help children with special needs.
Students from the post-graduate program in Advanced Studies in Special Needs organized and ran the bake sale last Monday at two locations on Humber’s North Campus.
Proceeds from the sale were used to send children to Camp Towhee, a camp for children with learning disabilities, said Candice Burt, one of the students organizing the event.
“Our main role as we move into our career is going to be helping children and families with special needs so being able to raise awareness is something that’s important to us,” she said.
“(The bake sale) has given us the opportunity to do some advocacy in the community and hopefully it will help to raise some awareness about children’s mental health,” said Burt.
Every year students from this class, Advocacy and Community Resources, organize and run an event to promote community issues and exercise skills that will help them excel in their careers, said Kristine Fenning, the Humber professor who teaches the course.
“Advocacy is about finding your passion, finding out how you can be an agent of change, and finding a way to make a change in the lives of children and families,” she said.
These students are going to be qualified resource professionals working with children with special needs and their families, so they chose Camp Tawhee because it represents the population they will be working with, said Fenning.
The students chose the bake sale because it was something they could all participate in and it was something that would give back to the Humber College community, said Fenning.
“Humber does a lot of great things like this,” said Dan McDonald, a first year Recreation and Leisure student who attended the bake sale. “I come down for lunch and there is always something different going on.”
“I needed some dessert today and everything looked so delicious and it seems like it’s a good cause, so why not?” he said.
“Everyone has collaborated and brought in a variety of different treats and everything is nut free so we can stay safe,” Burt said.
“We are very, very proud of this cohort of students as we are every year,” said Fenning. “They’re very collegial they’re working together they know it’s for a common cause. They’re pretty awesome.”