Humber College celebrates International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2018 | Campus News

A model, an actress and an MP walk into a college.

Kristy Duncan congratulates Ceejay Nofuente on her success within her basketball career. Courtesy of Ornella Cariello. Courtesy of Ornella Cariello.

Ryann Kahler and Chelsea Mendes

Two different communities within Humber had very different interpretations on how they should celebrate the first International Women’s Day since the #MeToo movement. Traditionally, colleges and universities across the GTA bring in inspirational speakers to motivate their female students.

Ignite brought in American actress Sophia Bush and British model Iskra Lawrence, meanwhile MP Kristy Duncan accepted an invitation from Humber’s School of Technology. Bush and Lawrence’s arrival was preceded by weeks of social media and marketing materials.

The pair spoke about their experiences with fame and being female in the entertainment industry. IGNITE did not give outside access to media coverage yet there was a live-stream of the event.


There was comparably little fanfare for Duncan’s arrival – Humber News had difficulty locating the Minister of Science, Sport and Persons with Disabilities but managed to catch up with her in the Design Centre.

During her visit, Duncan met with female faculty members and students showcased their projects and mechatronics equipment. There were a variety of gadgets for the minister to see, from a 3D augmented-reality game for kids to an app that prevents impaired driving.

Duncan also displayed her basketball skills with the Humber girls’ varsity basketball team. The team has been OCAA gold medal champions three years running and are recognized as one of Ontario’s top teams.

“Take time to dream your greatest dream and those bumps, let’s call them sweet bumps,” says Duncan.