Humber honours longtime prof with writing centre

Professor Dan Andreae  (Humber College) Professor Dan Andreae (Humber College)

Elving George

Dan Andreae’s long list of accolades grew by one when Humber’s new Math and Writing Centre was named after him.

The psychology professor and former Humber teacher continues to help the Humber community as the school honoured his contributions by naming the new centre on the third floor of the North campus LRC building after him: the Dr. Dan Andreae Math and Writing Centre.

Andreae cut the ribbon for the opening of the centre at the start of the school year. It’s the crowning moment that celebrates the help he’s given to countless students since he first entered the Humber community 20 years ago.

His gifts to Humber include a $250,000 endowment he started at Humber’s School of Liberal Arts for student scholarships.

The scholarships are given to three students every year: a student studying psychology, another studying Liberal Arts, and one who has overcome a challenge during the school year.

“I wanted to be able to give back by giving small donations,” said Andreae.“I’ve seen small gifts give the students a confidence boost to keep them striving in school. I just wanted to see how I can give the Humber community a real boost,” he said.

Writing centre director Franc Jamieson calls the centre a gift that allows him and staff to help students every day.

“This gift has given all of us at the writing and math centre a boost in our dedication to serving the Humber community and helping them build their writing and math skills for the future,” said Jamieson.

“He has inspired me to work hard for the benefit of others,” he said.

Day after day, the centre is filled with both regulars and new students who are seeking the aid of math and writing help.

University of Guelph- Humber student Brian Agas, 19, said the centre has given him the help he needs dealing with math.

“I’ve gone to the Math Centre many times and they always guide me into the right direction, and have allowed me to better understand math using different techniques,” said Agas. “This is why I recommend others to go there because it is very helpful.”

Andreae was also the first Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto and the longest serving president of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

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