Nicole and her father Terry Chuchmach, both proud Ukrainians, wanted to do something to help support members of the Ukrainian community. With over 100 students at Humber studying from Ukraine, and over 40 in the Longo Faculty of Business alone, Nicole reached out to Kristy Adams to discuss what could be done to support our students who have travelled to Humber to study. Nicole and Kristy wanted to ensure that our students felt supported and had a place to call home. Thank you to the support of Senior Dean, Alvina Cassiani, on Saturday, March 12, Ukrainian students impacted by the invasion in Ukraine, travelled to Nicole and Terry’s home for a home-cooked Ukrainian meal, and a household full of Faculty from the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program, Tourism Program, and Marketing Programs, along with members of the Ukrainian Church community to show our support and solidarity for our students.
It was an emotional evening; many students have family and friends trying to flee to safety. One student spoke and said, “I have not smiled in 11 days, but tonight I was able to show a smile.” Associate Vice-President, Vera Beletzan, addressed our students in Ukrainian and ensured our students that Humber is here to support them during this most difficult time.
Nicole and Kristy could not have made Saturday possible without our amazing colleagues who not only helped with transportation, but ensured our students all knew they are supported beyond the classroom (Anke (Julia), Christel, Susan, Christine, Irene). Special thank you to HTOM graduate, Alina Boyko for driving from Ottawa to join us.