Lakehead University Holds National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


Candles were lit for a moment of silence held to remember the 14 women who were killed at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989.

(December 6, 2012 " Thunder Bay, ON)

 

Lakehead University's Gender Issues Centre marked today's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with a service in the Agora that featured poems, music and a video.

 

"Violence against women is as important today as it was in 1989 when 14 women were killed at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal," said Althea Annan, Director of the Lakehead University Student Union's Gender Issues Centre.

 

"We want people to feel empowered to end violence by recognizing and addressing society's hostile attitudes against women within our national borders and beyond," Annan said.

 

A candlelight vigil and moment of silence were held to remember the women who were killed 23 years ago today in Montreal.

 

"This important Memorial recognizes the need for equal and fair treatment of women and girls. In Canada and around the world, women are victims of violence simply because they are women and that must stop," said Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

 

Today's Memorial is one of the Gender Issues Centre's many educational campaigns focused on violence against women.

 

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Media: For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177.

Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Dual Benefit of Hands-On Science: A Student Perspective

by Rebecca Akrasi-Sarpong

(November 22, 2012 - Orillia, ON) Everyone who knows me, knows I love my school. It may be slightly biased of me to state that I think Lakehead is quickly becoming one of the cornerstones of the Orillia community. Activities such as new student Orientation and public lectures have quickly become integrated into the greater Orillia community.

University life is becoming part of the city's culture. Lakehead has taken the initiative to educate not only its students, but also community members and elementary school students alike.

This fall, for the third year, Lakehead ran its highly successful Hands-on Science program. Hands-on Science began as collaboration between Dr. Chris Murray, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead, and Anders Hagman, a special education resource teacher at Marchmont Public School. The objective was to enhance the math and science learning opportunities for elementary students in a unique university setting.

The first program involved a group of grade eight gifted students from Marchmont. "To say that this pilot project was a success would be an understatement," said Hagman. "My objectives were surpassed - the students were so motivated that some began looking into future career opportunities in the fields of math and science."

Soon other schools became interested in the program. Recognizing the potential, Murray approached the Faculty of Education with an idea to host interns enrolled in the education program. This began an innovative partnership between the faculties of Science and Education, and it is now the teacher candidates who design and deliver the hands-on science activities. This enables the University to reach many more elementary students, while providing valuable experience to Lakehead's education students.

"Teacher candidate involvement has been a huge success," reports Murray. "The program has grown to involve students from other elementary and middle schools in Barrie and Orillia, with many more schools from across Simcoe County expressing interest in the program. This year, close to 200 elementary school students from grade 4-8 participated," reports Murray.

The project received funding from the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area and would not be the growing success it is without their support, according to Murray. The Community Foundation is an organization dedicated to supporting initiatives that "make an ongoing difference and enhance the quality of life in our community."

As an Education student going into my final and professional year next fall, watching students become immersed in the process of learning in way that is not always possible in an elementary school setting, is inspiring. I am proud to be part of an institution that creates such innovative inroads in education. My peer and fellow classmate, Brooke Marion, is one of the Education students benefitting from the Hands-On Science opportunity.

Hands-On Science BrookeLakehead student, Brooke Marion, leads a group of elementary school students through the campus during their visit to the University for its Hands-on Science program.

"Being involved in Hands-on Science before my placement gives me an edge over the competition," says Marion. "Having the opportunity to work with students ahead of time will help make the transition from a theoretical education to a practical one much more successful."

I could not agree more! I have heard past and current students in their pre-professional year talk about the nerves that surround the expectations of a practicum at teachers college. I worry slightly, but I am confident of the success I will achieve. I know I am prepared because of the opportunities I have had to work with children and youth. I believe professors at Lakehead like Dr. Chris Murray understand the importance of these opportunities and do their best to support and provide these opportunities. What is great about Hands-on Science and other initiatives like it is that the benefits do not stay isolated within the walls of the our LEED building in the west end of Orillia. They reach my generation of young adults and stretch to the next generation of children and youth.

Hands-On Science class
A group of local elementary school students show off their solutions during a visit to the Lakehead Orillia campus for its Hands-on Science program.

As for the future, Murray explained that demand for the program is now greater than the University is able to manage. "We are currently working on a proposal to seek Federal assistance, which would allow us to offer the program to the entire County."

Hands-on Science is a great source of excitement and learning for all the participants and I can't wait to see how great it will be next year. The benefits of my Lakehead education continue to multiply. And I am continually grateful.

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This article was written by Rebecca Akrasi-Sarpong, a fourth year Lakehead University student (HBASc/BEd), who is currently working under the University's Work-Study program as a Marketing Communications Assistant with Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer at Lakehead's Orillia Campus: kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead Hosts Prominent Author Discussing How to Keep Research From Going Off the Rails

(December 12, 2012 - Thunder Bay, ON)   Prominent author and researcher, Dr. David Streiner, knows that research projects can easily get off track and will speak about how researchers can prevent that from happening. 

"Dr. Streiner will start his presentation by reviewing a partial list of Murphy's Laws as they affect research projects " for example, how anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and anything that can't go wrong will go wrong too," said Lakehead's Bruce Weaver, Research Associate in the Centre for Research on Safe Driving, who is helping organize the talk.

Lakehead's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences presents the Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Streiner, Professor Emeritus in McMaster University's Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Dr. Streiner is also a joint member of McMaster's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and a Professor in University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry. His presentation is called When Research Goes off the Rails: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It.

The purpose of the Thunder Bay talk is to encourage researchers to persevere. "Dr. Streiner won't discourage researchers; he will try to "˜inoculate' them to the realities of doing research, and give examples of how inventive researchers can be in overcoming difficulties," Mr. Weaver said.

Lakehead staff, faculty, students and the general public are invited to attend this free presentation on Monday, Dec. 17 in the University's ATAC building (room 2001) at 4 pm.

Dr. Streiner is available for interviews by phone this week or in person on Monday, Dec. 17 at 3 pm in ATAC2001.

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Media: For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177.

Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Lakehead University Professor Recognized by Fraser Institute



Lakehead University Economics Professor Dr. Livio Di Matteo is joining the ranks of the senior fellows at the Fraser Institute for his research in health care spending and public finance.

"It's nice to be recognized. Becoming a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute has the potential to be quite interesting," Professor Di Matteo says. This means Professor Di Matteo can participate in research projects with assistance from the Fraser Institute, one of Canada's leading policy institutes.

"Livio Di Matteo is widely respected for his insightful work in health policy economics," says Jason Clemens, Fraser Institute executive vice-president. "We're not only excited for Professor Di Matteo to join the ranks of Fraser Institute senior fellows but also for the work he is undertaking for the Institute this fall."

Professor Di Matteo is contributing one of three essays to the Fraser Institute's series examining the state of debt and deficits in Ontario. In order for Ontarians to understand the need for reform of public finances in the province, they must appreciate the severity of Ontario's deficit and debt.

The collected essays will present different perspectives and information highlighting the absolute and relative state of the province's debt.

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Professor Di Matteo is available for interviews. For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Lakehead Professor Hosts Prince Albert II of Monaco in Eastern Canadian Arctic

Dr. Chris Southcott, left, hosts Prince Albert of Monaco II in the Eastern Canadian Arctic.

(October 5, 2012 " Thunder Bay, ON)

Lakehead University sociology professor Dr. Chris Southcott recently hosted Prince Albert II of Monaco during the Prince's visit to the Northern communities of Iqaluit in Nunavut and Kuujjuaq in Northern Quebec as part of University of the Arctic (www.uarctic.org).

University of the Arctic is a network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations located across the Circumpolar North"which Lakehead is a founding member.

"Prince Albert and his Foundation are amazing to work with," Dr. Southcott says. "They are extremely knowledgeable about what is going on in the Arctic and truly committed to sustainability in the region."

Prince Albert II has strong links to the Arctic. His namesake, Prince Albert I of Monaco, was one of the earliest scientists to study the Arctic and work on conservation in the region.

In 2006, Prince Albert II created the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to fund research on the environment and sustainability"especially in the Polar Regions. The Foundation is currently funding the north2north student exchange program at the University of the Arctic (UArctic) to allow indigenous students from different Arctic regions to share experiences on environmental change and sustainability. Lakehead University hosts the Canadian office of this program.

Dr. Southcott has been working with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation since 2009 as part of the UArctic's Knowledge and Dialogue, an initiative linking northern researchers, communities, and international funding agencies around the activities of the University of the Arctic. Southcott is the lead researcher in three major projects in the Canadian Arctic, including Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic, the largest social science research project ever undertaken in the Circumpolar North.

MORE ABOUT LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY's DR. CHRIS SOUTHCOTT

Chris Southcott is in charge of the Knowledge and Dialogue programs of the University of the Arctic and is Chair of the Research Outreach Program.

Raised in Thunder Bay, as a researcher he has been involved in community-based research in the Circumpolar North for over 26 years. During this time he has published over 100 scientific reports, books, book chapters, and articles dealing with social and economic change in Northern Canada and the rest of the circumpolar world.

Over the past 10 years he has led several major Canadian and international research initiatives dealing with social and economic development in northern regions. In 2001 and 2002 he successfully led a team of 12 international social scientists in the first attempt to produce circumpolar social science curriculum material for the University of the Arctic. In 2004 he was chosen to be the lead author for the International Conference on Arctic Research Planning's Report on Research Outreach (Science Plan 11).

In 2006 Dr. Southcott was awarded a major SSHRC grant involving 35 researchers and 20 community partners to examine ways that community-based organizations in Northern Canada could better ensure sustainable development in the region. This led to the establishment of the Social Economy Research Network for Northern Canada for which he currently serves as Chair and Research Director. Also in 2006 he was awarded a grant to lead Canadian participation in the European Science Foundation-lead Boreas project dealing with migration in the Circumpolar North.

In 2009 he was chosen by UNESCO to represent Canadian social science in their International Experts project on Sustainable Development and Climate Change in the Arctic which took place in Monaco in March, 2009. He is currently the principal investigator for an international project popularly known as the ReSDA (Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic). Its mandate is to develop ways to ensure that a larger share of the resource development benefits stay in the region for the people of North with fewer costs to communities.

For more information about Dr. Southcott, visit his Lakehead biography web page.

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Dr. Southcott is available for interviews in person or over the phone. For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.


Lakehead University

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Lakehead University Announces Founding Dean of Law

(May 29  - Thunder Bay, ON)

Harvard educated. Canadian born. Lakehead University is pleased to introduce its Founding Dean of Law, Lee Stuesser.


Dr. Brian Stevenson and Dr. Lee Stuesser are committed to the success of
Lakehead's Faculty of Law


Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan, Stuesser is currently working as a professor and administrator at Australia's Bond University, where he has been since 2008. Before that, he was a Law Professor with the University of Manitoba for more than 20 years and he has also taught at the University of Ottawa and Royal Roads University.

Stuesser has a distinguished reputation in the Canadian legal and academic community for his writings on advocacy, evidence, and criminal law.


Lee Stuesser spoke about his vision for the Faculty of Law at the historic PACI Building


"We are so excited to introduce Lee Stuesser as the Founding Dean of the first Faculty of Law in Ontario in more than 43 years," Lakehead University President Brian Stevenson said. "He brings the right mix of local and international experience, as well as knowledge of the north. He is the right fit for a Faculty of Law in the north, for the north."

Stuesser was the clear choice as Founding Dean, said Dr. Rod Hanley, Lakehead's Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

"He has the vision to implement the Faculty of Law's ambitious curriculum, which focuses on natural resources law, issues related to the training and retention of lawyers in small and sole practitioner firms, and Aboriginal law," Hanley said.

 


Dr. Stevenson, Dr. Stuesser, and Dr. Hanley share a relaxed moment at the Dean of Law media conference

For his part, Stuesser says the opportunity to build a Faculty of Law from the ground up is a truly unique and exciting prospect.

"I think the law needs to serve people," he said. "I look forward to bridging the gap between the practice of law and legal education. We can make a real difference by providing well-trained, committed lawyers able to deal with legal issues relevant to rural and remote practice."

An expert in Evidence, Canadian Constitutional Law, Trial Advocacy, and Canadian Criminal Law, Stuesser brings to the table a breadth of knowledge that he will use to create an innovative teaching and learning model without precedent in Canada. Last year, his work was cited in 31 legal judgments including two judgments by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Stuesser received a Bachelor of Education from Brock University, an Arts HBA from the University of Winnipeg, and an Arts MA from the University of Guelph before embarking upon his legal studies. He earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.

His textbook An Advocacy Primer is used in classrooms across Canada and he just completed a second edition of the Australian textbook An Introduction to Advocacy. "Nothing gives me more joy than to be told by a young lawyer that my advocacy book "˜saved him in court,' " Stuesser says.

Lakehead's newest Dean promises a consultative approach that engages faculty, students, and Northern Ontario's law community in this inspiring new endeavour.

He will be here for Convocation on June 1-2, and is making preparations to move his family to Thunder Bay sometime in August. Married with three children, Stuesser is an avid golfer and curler. He has coached baseball and hockey, and says he looks forward to cheering on Lakehead's varsity athletes.

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Media:
To arrange an interview with Lee Stuesser, please contact Tracey Skehan at (807) 343-8372 or commun@lakeheadu.ca.

 

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Lakehead University's Fall Preview Day Invites Prospective Students to Explore Their Future

Mary Cassano of Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute won first-year tuition at this year's Lakehead Preview Day in Thunder Bay. In the photo, from left to right, are Robert Perrier, Manager, Undergraduate Recruitment; Deb Comuzzi, Vice-President, External Relations; Mary Cassano; Kathy Pozihun, Vice-President, Administration and Finance; and Andrea Huillery, Director of Admissions and Recruitment.

(November 27, 2012 " Thunder Bay, ON)

Lakehead University looks forward to welcoming prospective students to our Thunder Bay campus for an exciting day of exploration and discovery at the annual Fall Preview Day.

Prospective students of all ages will tour the campus, discover our wide range of programs through specialized presentations, explore all that they can do at Lakehead at the Student Life Expo, and have a chance to win the first-year tuition prize.

"Last year we had more than 500 prospective students, friends and family from across the city, region and province visit Lakehead, including students from southern Ontario," said Andrea Huillery, Lakehead's Director of Admissions and Recruitment.

"Attending Preview Day is an excellent way to learn more about what we offer at Lakehead University and discover why Lakehead is a great way to realize your potential," added Huillery. "Through specialized program sessions and tours, prospective students will see all our facilities and explore the environment they will learn in."

Fall Preview Day is not only for prospective students " families and friends can explore their student's future university and participate in specialized program and information sessions.

For more information, visit http://www.mylakehead.ca/?display=page&pageid=142.

The media is encouraged to promote this in advance by interviewing Andrea Huillery. Members of the media are also invited to attend Fall Preview Day on Tuesday, Dec. 4, between 11 am and 1:45 pm to share what makes Lakehead University a great place to live and learn.

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Media: For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177.

Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards
. For more information about Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University Celebrates Rewards and Responsibilities in 2012 Report to Community

November 9, 2012 - Orillia, ON


Lakehead University's 2011-2012 Report to the Community conveys how innovative people, impressive achievements and forward momentum have made the past year a shining success while promising even more for the future. The web-based Report also outlines the many benefits resulting from the various relationships and partnerships between Lakehead and the people and communities of Orillia, Barrie and the Simcoe County region.

"This report celebrates the enormous contribution Lakehead University makes to the economic, social and cultural life of the communities around us," says Cam Clark, chair of the Lakehead University Board of Governors. "Our Draft Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 will only strengthen our community outreach and economic development initiatives."

Orillia's Downtown Computers owner, Mariano Tulipano, highlights the reciprocal relationship between Orillia and Lakehead, as well as his duty as a member of the community and local business owner, saying, "We all buy from one another and support each other. If a large institution, like a university, becomes a successful member of our local economy, then we all benefit."

"The cost of post-secondary education has tripled since I went to university and it will likely be even more expensive by the time my kids go," Tulipano adds. "The opportunity for local kids to get a university degree while living right here at home could mean the difference between leaving and staying."

The research work of faculty member, Dr. Chris Murray, is featured in the Report to the Community, and Dr. Murray presents highlights in his comments at the event. The audience also hears from student, Debbie Balika of Barrie, who shares her experience at Lakehead -- from enroling as a member of the charter class, to now being one of the campus's first graduate students.

Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson with Mariano Tulipano of Orillia and Lakehead graduate student Debbie Balika of Barrie, who each spoke to guests and community leaders at the University's Report to the Community event held at the Orillia campus on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Lakehead Orillia has experienced consistent enrolment growth since it opened six years ago and the University's overall undergraduate employment rates have remained above the provincial average since 2006.

"These benchmarks illustrate the quality education our University provides to our students, resulting in the excellent chance Lakehead graduates have of realizing their future goals," says Kim Fedderson, Dean & Vice-Provost, Orillia Campus.

Lakehead's important role in the local economy is also reflected in the monies injected directly into the City of Orillia from the University's operating expenditures ($20.6 million) and by students from outside the immediate area ($13.9 million) during fiscal 2011-2012.

The Orillia campus is currently developing a plan for the next five years (2013-2018) and Fedderson invites community members to get involved. Members of the community can learn more and provide input into the planning process by visiting the Orillia Campus Plan 2013-2018 website (orillia.lakeheadu.ca/campus-plan).

"We invite your participation in shaping the future growth of the Orillia campus," says Fedderson. "The Orillia campus has evolved dramatically, and it is now time for a renewed focus on the campus and its role in the region."

"It's critical for a community to understand how the importance of the relationship between Lakehead, Orillia, Barrie and the Simcoe County region stimulates the economy of our communities through education and research," says Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson. "I am humbled by the level of community support for this institution and proud of the responsibility Lakehead has to our community."

Guests enjoy lunch, prepared and served by Lakehead Orillia's food service provider, Madison County Food & Beverage Co., in the University Avenue campus cafeteria.

The Report to the Community consists of an innovative website (www.report.lakeheadu.ca) and brochure that celebrate Lakehead's accomplishments during Dr. Stevenson's second year as President and Vice-Chancellor.

Lakehead's Report to the Community website documents the success of its students, faculty, alumni and staff. In keeping with its accountability to its stakeholders, the online site features links to audited financial statements, in addition to information about the University's strategic directions, honours and awards, and performance indicators such as rates of enrolment, graduation and employment.

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Media: For more information, please contact Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.


Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards
. For more information about Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University Celebrates Rewards and Responsibilities in 2012 Report to Community


President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson highlights the successes of the last year at the Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 Report to the Community breakfast.

(November 8, 2012 " Thunder Bay, ON)

Lakehead University's 2011-2012 Report to the Community extols how innovative people, impressive achievements and forward momentum have made the past year a shining success while promising even more for the future.

The web-based report also outlines the many benefits resulting from the various relationships and partnerships between Lakehead and the people and communities of Northwestern Ontario.

"This report celebrates the enormous contribution Lakehead University makes to the economic, social and cultural life of the communities around us," says Cam Clark, chair of the Lakehead University Board of Governors. "Our Draft Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 will only strengthen our community outreach and economic development initiatives."

BDO Canada LLP has been an important partner with Lakehead University through an annual bursary given to accounting students. BDO Canada Office Managing Partner Blair Smith spoke about the importance of Lakehead University at the Report to the Community breakfast.

"In the 12 years since my wife and I moved here, it's amazing how much Lakehead has grown and helped the City and region move through some extremely difficult economic times," Smith says.

"Times would have been much worse without the benefits that Lakehead has provided, whether it's through the ever-expanding student enrolment, the medical school or the continuing focus on research and development.

All of these factors have helped alter our local economy and move us forward into a new economic reality," Smith adds.

BDO Canada Office Manager Blair Smith spoke
about the positive benefits Lakehead University
provides to communities.

Lakehead has experienced consistent enrolment growth over the past decade and the University's undergraduate employment rates have remained above the provincial average since 2006.

"These benchmarks illustrate the quality education our comprehensive University provides to our students, resulting in the excellent chance Lakehead graduates have of finding employment in their chosen field of study," says President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

"A large part of the enrolment growth and above-average employment rate can be attributed to partnerships with donors, government, companies, community organizations and other funders integral to Lakehead's success," Dr. Stevenson adds.

Lakehead also plays an important role in the local economy through its operating expenditures, which had an economic impact of $326.5 million on the City of Thunder Bay in 2011-2012. More than 50 per cent of Lakehead students come from outside Northwestern Ontario, mostly from the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding communities, injecting $84.3 million of new money into the City of Thunder Bay over the past year.




Student Winta Desta talked about how beneficial
scholarships and bursaries can be to assist with the cost
of tuition
.

One of the many achievements being recognized in the Report to the Community is Lakehead's new Faculty of Law, which was given the green light from the Province in July 2011 to become the first new law school in Ontario in 42 years.

"When the Faculty of Law opens next September it will benefit all of Northwestern Ontario, including Aboriginal people and those in the Far North," says Dr. Stevenson. "Many of the lawyers educated at the Faculty of Law will practice in Northwestern Ontario.

"It's important for people to understand the critical role Lakehead plays in improving our community through education and research " both of which improve the economy," Dr. Stevenson adds. "I am humbled by the level of community support for this institution and proud of the responsibility Lakehead has to our community."

The Report to the Community consists of an innovative website (www.report.lakeheadu.ca) and brochure that celebrate Lakehead's accomplishments during Dr. Stevenson's second year as President and Vice-Chancellor.

Lakehead's Report to the Community website documents the success of its students, faculty, alumni and staff. In keeping with its accountability to its stakeholders, the online site features links to audited financial statements, in addition to information about the University's strategic directions, honours and awards, and performance indicators such as rates of enrolment, graduation and employment.

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Media: For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177.

Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Lakehead University Conference Discusses Strength-based Approach in Schools

(November 7, 2012 " Thunder Bay, ON)

An upcoming workshop hosted by Lakehead University's Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs will teach educators about the benefits of using a strength-based approach in schools.

Uncovering Your Students' Potential: A Workshop on Integrating a Strengths-Based Approach will examine the idea that everyone has strengths and youth should be empowered to draw upon their different strengths to achieve their goals.

"The research behind this demonstrates that educators who use a strength-based approach increase student success and reduce bullying," says Dr. Ed Rawana, Clinical Psychologist, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs, and Director of Lakehead's Clinical Psychology Program.

"This approach fosters a sense of optimism, hope and motivation for change in students and school personnel. In addition, this method has been shown to facilitate a positive school climate, increase student engagement and address classroom management issues," Dr. Rawana adds.

The free workshop aims to increase educators' awareness of the successful Strength-Based Programming developed by Dr. Rawana and Dr. Keith Brownlee from Lakehead University with educators from Lakehead Public Schools.

This method encourages teachers, administrators, parents and community partners to work with students' strengths to address their challenges and help create pathways to success in learning.

Presenters include Dr. Wayne Hammond, President and Executive Director with Resiliency Initiatives in Calgary; Dr. Jennine Rawana, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University; Dr. Jessica Whitley, Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Ottawa, and three Principals from Lakehead Public Schools where Strength-Based Programming has been implemented.

Participants will be introduced to the principles, tools and resources for implementing a school-wide, strengths-based approach during the workshop.

The workshop is free but limited to the first 60 registrants. Lunch, refreshments and printed materials will be provided to all participants at no cost, thanks to funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Media: The Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs is holding the workshop Monday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday Nov. 13 from 10 am-3 pm at the Valhalla Inn.

Lakehead University's Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs is a research centre that focuses on generating and disseminating knowledge and putting that knowledge into practice.

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For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

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