On August 23, 2015, tragedy struck Humber College. Satvir Singh, a 22-year-old International student studying at the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, drowned in Professor’s Lake in Brampton. Why? Satvir didn’t how to swim.
When Anke Foller-Carroll, a professor in the Tourism - Travel Services Management program, learned of her former student’s death, she was heart-broken.
“When I went to his candlelight vigil, I asked all his friends if they knew how to swim, and they all looked at me very puzzled and said, ‘No, Miss,’” said Anke to Inside Toronto. “I asked why that was, and they said it was either not culturally appropriate where they were from, or there wasn’t a clean body of water available to them, or there just wasn’t someone there to teach them how to swim.”