Dr. Dan Andreae’s – Humber Spring 2019 Convocation Honorary Degree Recipient

Dr. Dan Andreae’s – Humber Spring 2019 Convocation Honorary Degree Recipient


I love teaching. I love to inspire, to motivate, to nurture. Well I would see myself as a person of passion. When I commit myself to something, focused in something, I’d like to give it my all. When I was the first executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, I helped to lead the organization to a different level through supporting, research, education, a counselling program, a resource center, I got to really experience the magnificence of the brain. I’ve taught many courses–I’ve actually taught 45 different subjects over my career, several of them at Humber as well. And what I like about Humber is the fact that Humber has a purpose, and it’s not just education, it’s also developing a human being. It’s letting them blossom and flower to become as fulfilled as they possibly can. When I was teaching with Humber again it would be to reach students and ignite that passion that allows them to discover for themselves what is right for them because what’s right for one student may not be for another of course. When I see a student sitting in front of me, you know it’s not just from the neck up, it’s not just simply somebody learning facts, but I’m looking at a human being. I’m looking at somebody who has their hopes and desires and their doubts and their fears their aspirations and their goals. So if you can reach somebody on those levels and recognise that this person is the whole is greater than the sum of the parts that is so important to me. Humber is giving you the foundation and the confidence by which you can move into the world and express yourself follow your passions and succeed at whatever you are trying to do. Well I’m very touched by the recognition I’ve received but you know when you do something that you love when it’s a passion. It involves work and there are moments of exhilaration and triumph and moments of frustration as well. It’s never a linear process that way. I just keep on doing what I’m doing and and again am grateful for people recognizing it and hoping that I’m making a real contribution–that’s my goal.

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