On Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, Humber College teamed up with Toronto Police Services to host the Toronto Youth Amazing Race event at our beautiful Lakeshore campus. Under chilly but blue and sunny skies, 85 participants (ages 14 – 18) worked together to battle through some fun but tough challenges.
Various departments from across Humber including Humber Athletics, International, Recruitment, HRT and LAS, planned and organized a variety of team-focused challenges to provide some insight into the types of programs that our school offers. It was also an opportunity for the participants to see the campus and consider possible job and career options in their future. In addition to the Toronto Police Services, we also partnered with TD Bank, Marine Unit, Canadian Forces and ProAction Cops & Kids who also planned some of the day’s challenges.
The day started off with opening remarks from Wanda Buote and Toronto Police Services constable, Ryan Park. 17 teams were then given brief but specific instructions to work together to plan out their racing courses, making sure to visit each challenge through the Lakeshore campus. Before they knew it, the signal was given and they were off! Though it was a long day, the teams enjoyed racing across the campus to the various challenge locations using physical and mental skills to battle through the activities. Dan Rowland, the program coordinator for our Pre-Service Fire Certificate program, let the Fire-fighter challenge. For this challenge, participants had to dress up in real fire-fighter gear and correctly assemble a fire-hose before shooting water at a target in the distance. Community Development program coordinator, Linda Hill led the Walk a Mile Challenge, where participants learned about empathy and got a chance to walk the path of the Gate House Healing Garden in high heels! For the Do you See What I See Challenge, Sim Lab Facilitator Christopher Rugo and his team had participants take part in an eye-witness activity where they were shown a digital scenario and had to collect as much information as possible based off of their memorization skills. The day ended with closing ceremonies from Associate Dean Nora Simpson and prize distributions to the winning teams. It was truly a fun and AMAZING day!
A special thank you to all of our volunteers, schools and departments at Humber as well as our partners for all of their hard work planning and organizing our challenges. The event was a huge success and we look forward to hosting it again in the near future!