Lakehead University holds grand opening of Alumni House in new location

Photo of ribbon cutting

Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson, third from left, cut the ribbon to officially open Alumni House in 1294 Balmoral along with, from left, Elder Gerry Martin, Lakehead University Board of Governors Chair Ross Murray, Q.C., Yolanda Wanakamik, Vice-President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro, and Deb Comuzzi, Lakehead University's Vice-President, External Relations. 

October 3, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of Alumni House in its new location on Thursday, Oct. 3, which kicked off Homecoming Weekend.  

Located at 1294 Balmoral St. in Thunder Bay, Alumni House is now more visible and more accessible to alumni, donors and supporters of Lakehead University.

“Alumni House serves as a welcoming entry point to campus for alumni, donors, and friends who would like to come by and visit,” said Yolanda Wanakamik, Vice-President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University.

“This new location will also allow Lakehead University to display more than 60 years of memorabilia as a celebration of the University’s past – and the Association’s contributions to Lakehead University,” Wanakamik said.

“With hundreds of alumni visiting Lakehead Thunder Bay for Homecoming, we felt this was an excellent opportunity to hold the grand opening,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead University’s President and Vice-Chancellor.

The Alumni Association of Lakehead University has a long and proud tradition of supporting the institution, recognizing and celebrating the many distinguished Lakehead alumni with awards, and supporting current students through scholarships, bursaries, mentoring, and the creation of opportunities for engagement like Homecoming Weekend.

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Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities and in 2018 Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fourth consecutive year. Visit