First Graduates of New Maternal-infant Support Worker Program in Sioux Lookout

Photo of graduates cutting a cake.

Six proud students were the first to complete the new Maternal-infant Support Worker program offered in Sioux Lookout.

April 16, 2019, Thunder Bay, Ont.

Six proud students were the first to complete the new Maternal-infant Support Worker (MiSW) program offered in Sioux Lookout. On April 5, they accepted their certificates at the Sioux Lookout Men Ya Win Health Centre. 

The MiSW program is a certificate program that resulted from a collaboration between the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, Confederation College and the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Lakehead University. The aim of the program is to improve the care of mothers and infants living in remote First Nations by providing enhanced skills to community health representatives in those communities. The support and partnership of the community health centres has also been a vital piece of the program’s success.

Dolly Nymark from Mishkeegogamang First Nation was part of that inaugural class and she is looking forward to putting what she has learned into helping new mothers and their babies. “This program helps fill the gap in prenatal education in northern communities,” she said. “I especially want to help first time moms learn about what to expect. I think this program is a great idea and I think every community should have a maternal-infant support worker to give help where it’s needed.”

The program prepares graduates to work with expectant mothers, their infants and their families with traditional and western teachings blended throughout. Maternal-infant Support Workers apply a wholistic approach – which considers the mind, body and spirit – to assessing needs and a client-centred focus. As part of a healthcare team, they will incorporate Indigenous cultural beliefs, values and practices.

The key role of the Maternal-infant Support Worker is providing a focus on health promotion and illness prevention strategies and participating in community wellness programs. MiSW’s are able to provide a range of prenatal and postnatal resources in addition to supporting expecting mothers, fathers and extended family. The support worker will also perform home visits that allow for more effective communication strategies and problem solving. Home visits allow the worker to engage with the extended family reflecting the cultural and multi-generational nature of many Indigenous families.

All organizations involved would like to congratulate the inaugural class of Summer Barkman, Kitchenumaykoosib Inniwug First Nation; Julie Kenequanash, Weagamow Lake First Nation; Priscilla King, Kingfisher Lake First Nation; Carmel Meekis, Sandy Lake First Nation; Dolly Nymark, Mishkeegogamang First Nation; and Edna Winter, Kingfisher Lake First Nation.

The next cohort of students has recently started training in Sioux Lookout and will begin working with mothers in their home communities in August 2019.

 

 

-30-

 

Confederation College has been serving the citizens of northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres. Along with its main campus in Thunder Bay, Confederation College has eight regional sites located in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. 

 

Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 6,500 combined full- and part-time students per year and currently has a total of 850 full- and part-time employees. Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $643.4 million annually.

 

 

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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

CONFEDERATION COLLEGE:

Vince Ponka, Media & Communications Officer

Ph: (807) 475-6137, Cell: (807) 620-0043, E-mail: vponka@confederationcollege.ca

 

LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY:

Brandon Walker, Communications and Marketing Associate

Ph: (807) 343-8177 E-mail: mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca

 

Learn about groundbreaking new research into oil spills at the world’s freshwater laboratory

Photo of Vince Palace

Vince Palace

April 8, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont. 

On Monday, April 15 at 7 pm in ATAC 1001 at Lakehead University, scientists will explain how they are rolling out the second stage of groundbreaking new research into the impact of oil spills on lakes and shorelines.

The scientists are conducting this research just six hours west of Thunder Bay at IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), the world's freshwater laboratory.

Vince Palace, IISD-ELA’s head research scientist, will present the research and explain why we can always understand more about the impact of pipeline spills on bodies of fresh water. He will also explain how IISD-ELA is carrying out the research and what safety precautions they are taking.

Then they want to hear from you by taking questions, comments and concerns from any member of the public who attends. The presentation is open to all who wish to attend.

 

– 30 –

 

 

Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is the world’s freshwater laboratory. A series of 58 lakes and their watersheds in northwestern Ontario, Canada, IISD-ELA is the only place in the world where scientists can research on and manipulate real lakes to build a more accurate and complete picture of what human activity is doing to freshwater lakes. The findings from its 50 years of ground-breaking research have rewritten environmental policy around the world—from mitigating algal blooms to reducing how much mercury gets into our waterways—and aim to keep fresh water clean around the world for generations to come. Visit www.iisd.org/ela.

Spiropoulos and Rodger named Lakehead Orillia athletes of the year

A smiling woman with dark hair and a smiling man with short dark hair hold a wooden plaques stating Athletes of the Year

2018-19 athletes of the year Gia Spiropoulos (left) and Ryan Rodger (right).

A group of 18 young men and women proudly hold up their plaques for MVP and Rookie of the Year

 Pictured above are the students who received most valuable player (MVP), team, and rookie of the year awards in each of Lakehead Orillia’s sports teams: varsity golf, equestrian, men’s and women’s hockey, dance, men’s and women’s varsity indoor soccer, and men’s and women’s basketball.

 

April 5, 2019 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University Orillia celebrated a successful 2018-19 athletics season on Friday, April 5 by handing out their awards at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet held at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club.

Gia Spiropoulos (Women’s Basketball) walked away with the Female Athlete of the Year, with Ryan Rodger (Men’s Hockey) claiming Male Athlete of the Year.

“Being an athlete is a lot of work on top of being a full-time student, and in some cases, juggling a part-time job,” said Elana Weber, Student Athletics and Wellness Coordinator, at Friday night’s banquet. “Tonight, we recognize you as leaders, passionate members and ambassadors of Lakehead University, and proud Thunderwolves.”

Awards were also presented to top student athletes in each of the University’s sports teams: varsity golf, equestrian, men’s and women’s hockey, dance, men’s and women’s varsity indoor soccer, and men’s and women’s basketball. Most valuable player and rookie of the year were announced and presented by the team coaches, who were also recognized and thanked by the University.

A complete list of award winners from the evening can be found below as well as on our website www.orilliathunderwolves.ca

 

Major Award Winners

Female Athlete of the Year
Gia Spiropoulos – Women’s Basketball

Male Athlete of the Year
Ryan Rodger – Men’s Hockey

 

Team Awards

Equestrian
Tori Beauchemin, Sophia Varga and Jill Widdifield

Varsity Golf
MVP: Jeremy Ruth
Rookie of the Year: Jake Akan

Men’s Hockey
MVP: Colton Stone
Rookie of the Year: Jonathan Corkery

Women’s Hockey
MVP: Melani Moylan
Rookie of the Year: Aimee Tindale

Dance
MVP: Kresson Taylor
Rookie of the Year: Kali Wintermute

Men’s Varsity Indoor Soccer
MVP: Maximilian Hayes
Rookie of the Year: Shane Tonkonog

Women’s Varsity Indoor Soccer
MVP: Madison Leigh
Rookie of the Year: Ally Morris

Men’s Basketball
MVP: Connor Garrison
Rookie of the Year: Samson Kennedy-Bissah

Women’s Basketball
MVP: Rebecca Alize-Minty
Rookie of the Year: Chelsea Wopnford

 

Lakehead University is receiving more than $1.2 million from SSHRC

April 3, 2019 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University researchers are receiving $1,257,758 from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for 29 research projects.

Some of this research will explore unfounded sexual assault reports to police, examine post-secondary student food insecurity, and investigate how southern medical schools in Ontario used Indigenous communities as a training ground for medical professionalization after the Second World War.

Photo of Dr. Jodie Murphy-OikonenDr. Jodie  Murphy-Oikonen, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is receiving $57,090 to  spend two years conducting interviews with survivors to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of women who have had their sexual assault deemed unfounded by police.

The research, which Dr. Lori Chambers from Women’s Studies and Dr. Karen McQueen from the School of Nursing are assisting with, represents a first step towards filling knowledge gaps regarding women’s perceptions of their sexual assault and their experience when their reports are disbelieved by the institutions designed to protect them.

Photo of Dr. Barbara Parker

Dr. Barbara Parker, assistant professor in Sociology, is receiving $68,630 to explore the food insecurity experiences of two marginalized but growing populations within post-secondary institutions over two years: Indigenous and international students.

Each group faces distinct but significant social and economic challenges while attending western post-secondary institutions in Canada that are further complicated by experiences of settler colonialism, racism, gender, citizenship status, age, disability, culture, and language.

“Canadian universities need to provide the appropriate supports to ensure these students are successful,” Dr. Parker said in her application.

Photo of Dr. Travis Hay

Dr. Travis Hay is receiving $81,000 to spend two years investigating how southern medical schools in Ontario, primarily the University of Toronto, used Indigenous communities in the provincial north as a training ground for medical professionalization in the post-World War II period. Additionally, this project maps out the provision of health care in First Nations communities in the region.

“Thank you to SSHRC for recognizing our researchers with this funding and to our researchers for all of their hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Funding from SSHRC also generates support from the federal Research Support Fund to offset the indirect costs of research incurred by universities.

In 2018/19, Lakehead University will receive nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.

 
New SSHRC Funding 2018-19

Total - $1,257,758

Faculty Member Grants

Aid to Scholarly Journals (three-year grants)

  • Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe, Department of Health Sciences, for the journal, Canadian Food Studies, $75,000.
  • Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Faculty of Education, for the journal, Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, $100,930.

Connection Grants (one-year grants)

Dr. Frederico Oliveira, Department of Anthropology, “Indigenous comparative approaches to culture-based tourism in Canada and Ecuador,” $24,715.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Brian McLaren, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Rhonda Koster, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Rosemary Coombe, York University
  • Collaborator
    • Jose Fernando Romero, Escuela Superior Politecnica de Chimborazo

Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Faculty of Education, “Lakehead University community connections showcase,” $10,600.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Christopher J. Mushquash, Lakehead University
    • Dr. David A. Greenwood, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Elaine C. Wiersma, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Max Haiven, Lakehead University
  • Collaborator
    • Dr. PhebeAnn M. Wolframe-Smith, Lakehead University

 

Insight Development Grants (two-year grants)

Dr. Kristin Burnett, Department of History, “A Community-Based History of Calgary’s China Town, 1890-1997,” $38,977.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Angie Wong, York University

Dr. Jodie Murphy-Oikonen, School of Social Work, “Unfounded Sexual Assault: Women's Experiences,” $57,090.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Karen McQueen, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Lori Chambers, Lakehead University

 

Dr. Barbara Parker, Department of Sociology, “Post-secondary Student Food Insecurity; Experiences of International and Indigenous Students in Northern Ontario,” $68,630.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Kelly Skinner, University of Waterloo
    • Dr. Kristin Burnett, Lakehead University

 

Dr. Robert Petrunia, Department of Economics, “Learning-by-Exporting under Credit Constraints,” $44,100.

  • Collaborators:
    • Joel Rodrigue, Vanderbilt University
    • Kim Huynh, Bank of Canada
    • Marcel Voia, Carleton University

 

Dr. Chris Sanders, Department of Sociology, “The Social Meanings and Identities of People Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome,” $59,075.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Antony Puddephatt, Lakehead University

 

Partnership Engage Grants (one-year grants)

Dr. Martha Dowsley, Department of Geography and the Environment, “Biocultural Approaches to Polar Bear Monitoring in NanatuKavut, Labrador,” $25,000.

Dr. Charles Levkoe, Department of Health Sciences, “The Indigenous Circle: Reconciliation and Resurgence through Food in Northwestern Ontario,” $24,200.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Lana P.R. Ray, Lakehead University

Dr. Meridith A. Lovell-Johnston, Faculty of Education, “Enhancing Instruction in Early Literacy, Inquiry Kindergarten Classrooms,” $24,941.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo, Lakehead University

Dr. Alana Saulnier, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies – Orillia, “An evaluation of the Durham Regional Police Service's body-worn cameras pilot project,” $25,000.

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Carrie B. Sanders, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Chris Southcott, Department of Sociology, “Creating a safe space for Indigenous youth in urban areas: The Case of Young Women in Thunder Bay,” $25,000.

 

  • Co-applicant:
    • Dr. Patricia D. McGuire, Carleton University

 

Partnership Grant (LOI) – Stage 1 (one-year grant)

Dr. Chris Southcott, Department of Sociology, “Social Innovation for Sustainability in Arctic Resources Development (SISARD),” $20,000.

  • Co-applicants:
    • Dr. Andrey N. Petrov, University of Northern Iowa
    • Dr. Arn Keeling, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Dr. Ben Bradshaw, University of Guelph
    • Dr. Bram Noble, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Brenda L. Parlee, University of Alberta
    • Dr. Bruno Wichmann, University of Alberta
    • Dr. Catherine M.H. Keske, University of California, Merced
    • Dr. Christopher Furgal, Trent University
    • Dr. David C. Natcher, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Diane B. Hirshberg, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Dr. Frances D. Abele, Carleton University
    • Dr. Gertrude E. Saxinger, University of Vienna
    • Dr. Jacqueline Dawson, University of Ottawa
    • Dr. John Sandlos, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Dr. Julia Christensen, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Dr. Kenneth S. Coates, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Lisa Freeman Kwantlen, Polytechnic University
    • Dr. Martha G.M. Dowsley, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Matthew Berman, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, University of Northern British Columbia
    • Dr. Patricia D. McGuire, Carleton University
    • Dr. Rebecca Schiff, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Ronald Harpelle, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Scott Slocombe, Wilfrid Laurier University
    • Dr. Stephan Schott, Carleton University
    • Dr. Suzanne Mills, McMaster University
    • Madame Mylene Riva, McGill University
    • Monsieur Thierry Rodon, Université Laval
    • Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh, Griffith University
    • Professor Lee Huskey, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Professor Peter P. Schweitzer, University of Vienna
  • Collaborator
    • Dr. Timothy Heleniak Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development

 

 Student Awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship (two-year grants)

  • Dr. Ellen Field, Faculty of Education “Climate Change Pedagogies in Uncertain Times,” $81,000.
  • Dr. Travis Hay, Department of Social Justice Studies, “Frontiers of Health and Medicine in Northern Ontario, 1930-1999,” $81,000.

 

SSHRC - Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral – (three-year grants)

  • Jessie Lund, Clinical Psychology, “Examining sexual assault survivors’ experience of disclosure,” $105,000.
  • Laura McGeown, Clinical Psychology, “The role of heart rate variability and self-compassion in the link between perfectionism and disordered eating,” $105,000.
  • Holly Prince, Education, “Wiiji’iwe: An Indigenous researcher’s exploration of a First Nations community’s experience of Participatory Action Research,” $105,000.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (one-year grants)

  • Michaela Bohunicky, Health Sciences, “Indigenous-Settler Alliances in Food Policy Processes,” $17,500.
  • Samantha Dewaele, English, “Networking Our Way Towards Apocalyptic Survival,” $17,500.
  • Joanna Dowhos, Environmental Studies, “Determining Culture: An analysis of hominid wrist morphology and its implications for the evolution of human culture and tool us,” $17,500.
  • Holly Fleming, Environmental Studies, “Community Emotional Understandings of Canoe River, Lac Seul First Nation through a dynamic land use and occupancy map,” $17,500.
  • Angela MacIsaac, Clinical Psychology, “The association between perfectionism in parents and their children and its relation to borderline personality disorder,” $17,500.
  • Romani Makkik, Social Justice, “Breathing and Living Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit,” $17,500.
  • Taylor Murie, Education, “The impact of shifting towards Indigenized and Decolonized Pedagogy on student attitudes towards mathematics,” $17,500.
  • Maeghan Verardo, English, “The Tech Geek Girl: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in STEM,” $17,500.
  • Kaitlin Wilmshurst, Social Work, “The role of anxious attachment style in shame-based obsessions in adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,” $17,500.

 

– 30 –

 

Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

                                            

Lakehead University presents The Love Lectures

March 19, 2019 – Orillia, ON

Dr. Jason Lepojärvi will define love itself during “The Love Lectures” presented by Lakehead University Orillia.

Lepojärvi, assistant professor of religious studies at Thorneloe University at Laurentian, will critically examine one of the most influential books of the 20th century, C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves. The short lecture will offer a definition of love that ties together the four types of love in Lewis’s The Four Loves: affection, friendship, romance and charity. 

He will be joined by Lakehead University’s Dr. Alice den Otter, associate professor and acting chair of Interdisciplinary Studies. Through her lecture, den Otter will examine the love-related traditions of gift-giving using the works of the late 18th century poet, William Blake, and specifically discuss the ways in which gift-giving can harm or heal love relationships. Does a gift of love ensure that love is a gift?

The Love Lectures will take place on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in room 2014 at the Orillia campus.

Registration isn’t required.

- 30 –

Media contact:  Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing & Communications Associate, 705-330-4008 ext. 2014, or jbucik@lakeheadu.ca

 

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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University presents a screening of The Carbon Rush and Q&A with director Amy Miller

March 25, 2019 – Orillia, ON

Join Lakehead University’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) for a screening of the documentary The Carbon Rush on Thursday, March 28 at 5:45 p.m. in room 2018, at the Orillia campus. A Q&A with director Amy Miller will follow the screening.

From indigenous rainforest dwellers having their way of life completely threatened, to dozens of Campesinos assassinated, to the livelihood of waste pickers at landfills taken away, The Carbon Rush travels across four continents and brings us up close to projects working through the United Nations, Kyoto Protocol designed Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking documentary feature asks the fundamental questions “What happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis? Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer?”

Directed and produced by Amy Miller and co-produced by Bryon A. Martin, The Carbon Rush was released in 2012.

This event is free and open to the public.

– 30 –

Media: For more information or to request an interview, contact Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing & Communications Associate, 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or jaclyn.bucik@lakeheadu.ca.

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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University’s sustainable communities speaker series welcomes Dr. Gail Chmura

March 20, 2019 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Gail Chmura from McGill University as part of its 2018/2019 Speaker Series.

Chmura, associate professor in the department of geography at McGill, past director of Quebec’s Global Environment and Climate Change Centre, and past president of the Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society, will deliver her lecture “Money for the Mud: How Carbon Markets Can Support Conservation” on Thursday, March 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Simcoe Hall, Room 2008.

Chmura has conducted research on tidal wetlands along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and over a wide range of latitudes, from Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. As a Fulbright Scholar she conducted research at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research; through a U.S. National Research Council Fellowship conducted research at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division; and, as a National Sea Grant Fellow served as legislative aide to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and the Environment.  

She was a lead author of the Coastal Wetlands chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2013 publication Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands. She has published over 80 articles and book chapters covering topics such as tidal marsh response to sea level change, impacts of climate change and human perturbations on coastal ecosystems, and ecosystem services of natural and recovering salt marshes. Chmura’s present research is largely focused on blue carbon with projects on assessment of soil carbon stocks and rates as well as greenhouse gases fluxes in salt marshes. She has a PhD in Marine Sciences from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts.

This session is free and open to the public. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Dr. Nanda Kanavillil at nkanavil@lakeheadu.ca.

Media are invited to attend.

Lakehead University established the Research Centre for Sustainable Communities in 2014 to focus on interdisciplinary research that supports sustainable communities. The centre’s unconventional approach to research, with an emphasis on multi-disciplines and collaboration, will be a catalyst for research funding and community partnerships.

– 30 –

Media contact: Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing and Communications Associate, Lakehead University, jbucik@lakeheadu.ca or 705-330-4008, ext. 2014.

 

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, 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University formally adopts the Okanagan Charter

Photo of Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans signing.Lakehead Orillia Prinicipal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans signs the Okanagan Charter with Elana Weber, Student Wellness and Athletics Coordinator. 

Photo of signing in Thunder Bay
Elder Gerry Martin signs the Okanagan Charter at Lakehead Thunder Bay while Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead's President and Vice-Chancellor, watches.

March 20, 2019 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University is placing the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff at the forefront with the formal adoption of the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.

The Charter was signed on Wednesday by Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor, during a special event held at the University’s Thunder Bay campus, and by Principal Dean Jobin-Bevans, at the University’s Orillia campus.

An outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, the Charter calls on post-secondary institutions to embed health and well-being into all aspects of campus culture, including the development of policies, procedures and practices.

This commitment to student, faculty and staff health and well-being inside and outside of the classroom is an essential element of the University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.

“We recognize that promoting health and well-being is necessary to achieving our vision of providing a transformative university experience, which is why Lakehead University has taken the step to adopt the Okanagan Charter,” explained Dr. McPherson.

“Exceptional scholarship and student potential are sustained by the mental and physical health of our people, and a healthy and supportive campus environment. We want to embed this notion into all aspects of campus culture and across operations,” she added.

As part of the adoption of the Charter, Lakehead University has committed to developing a comprehensive, campus-wide Wellness Strategy that will support, encourage and inspire a culture of health and well-being for all who study and work at the university.

Andrea Tarsitano, Vice-Provost (Students) and Registrar, is co-lead of the newly formed Wellness Advisory Committee that will be leading the development of the strategy.

“Our goal is to promote the idea that health and wellness isn’t just the responsibility of one particular department, but that advancing health and wellness needs to be a commitment across all disciplines and departments within our university community,” she said.

“There will be many opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get involved and provide their visions of what a healthy campus looks like.”

Consultations for Lakehead University’s Wellness Strategy will begin in the coming months.

More information about the Okanagan Charter can be found at www.healthpromotingcampuses.ca.

 

– 30 –

 

 

Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Communications and Marketing Associate, at 807-343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

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 www.lakeheadu.ca

Enactus Lakehead earns second place at regional competition in Toronto

Photo of Enactus team with their trophy.From left, Christopher Morrill, Project Manager of Making Cents!, Vishwa Shah, VP Fundraising, Quinn Dombroskie, VP Marketing, Madison Sameshima, President, Lisa Chiarelli Member, and Silas Young, Project Manager of GettingFinLit!. 

March 15, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

On March 7 and 8, Enactus Lakehead competed in the Enactus Regional Competition in Toronto against 38 other universities and colleges, placing second in the CWB Financial Education Challenge.

The second-place finish means they won $1,000 for the club as the regional runner-up in their league.

Enactus is a global non-profit organization where students, communities and business leaders utilize entrepreneurship to address economic, social, and environmental needs. Lakehead’s first entrepreneurship club was founded in 1981 and eventually became Enactus Lakehead.

Enactus Lakehead was only able to send three students to their first regional competition last year in Toronto and through hard work and fundraising were able to send six students this year.

This is the first time Lakehead has placed in the top three of this competition.

“I was stunned when our name was called, but looking back, our members deserved this,” said Madison Sameshima, President of Enactus Lakehead.

“The amount of hard work and dedication they have put into these projects makes me so proud to be a member of Enactus Lakehead.”

The CWB Financial Education Challenge empowers Enactus teams to identify, create and deliver projects that address the specific and unique financial education needs and opportunities in their communities with the aim of improving livelihoods.

Enactus Lakehead presented two projects:

  • Making Cents!, which addresses the closing of brick-and-mortar banks in Northwestern Ontario by running online banking programming for elderly residents, and
  • Getting Financially Lit!, which addresses knowledge gaps in budgeting and long-term savings for Indigenous youth who fly in from northern communities to attend Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, a private First Nations high school in Thunder Bay.

The team includes Faculty of Business Administration students Christopher Morrill, Project Manager of Making Cents!, Vishwa Shah, VP Fundraising, Quinn Dombroskie, VP Marketing, Madison Sameshima, President, Lisa Chiarelli Member, and Silas Young, Project Manager of GettingFinLit!. 

Enactus Lakehead will be working hard to prepare for the Enactus National Competition in Vancouver in May.

 

 

– 30 –

 

 

Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

 

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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Jenna Kirker chosen as Lakehead’s TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellow

Photo of Jenna Kirker

Jenna Kirker

Friday, March 15, 2019 - Thunder Bay, Ont.

External Relations and the Alumni Association of Lakehead University are pleased to announce that – for the first time in over two decades – Lakehead University has been selected to receive a TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowship through the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.

This is an incredibly competitive process and only two recipients are selected from the post-secondary sector each year.

Lakehead’s Fellow is Jenna Kirker, who has a long-standing relationship with the University, External Relations and the Alumni Association.

Over the course of her year-long fellowship, Jenna will be working specifically on projects within the alumni engagement, annual giving, and legacy giving portfolios. 

She will be developing a Family Outreach and Giving program, building and strengthening relationships with current students and recent graduates through the introduction of targeted programming, and building synergies between Lakehead’s annual giving and legacy giving programs.  Jenna will report back on her initiatives at the 2020 CCAE national conference in Winnipeg, adding to the collective body of knowledge in the post-secondary sector.

Jenna’s philanthropic journey began at Lakehead in the Alumni Phone-a-thon Program, which employs students part-time during the academic year to connect with alumni and friends of the University.  Starting as a caller, she soon became a supervisor in the program. 

“As I worked to raise money for Lakehead's cases for support as well as the Annual Fund, I realized what an impact I was making on my fellow students,” she said.

“When I spoke with alumni and friends of the University, it was clear that my conversations were part of a larger relationship they had with Lakehead and engagement was critical to that relationship.”

She continued to volunteer her skills through various alumni initiatives, including as an Alumni Ambassador, a Student and Alumni Representative for Lakehead at the Ontario Universities' Fair, and as a guest speaker at the annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon.

Jenna’s dedication and love for Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay community is evident in all of her philanthropic endeavors.

“The idea of moving beyond transactional fundraising to foster deeper connections between members of an organization, and the organization itself, galvanized me to apply this experience to other areas of my current volunteer work,” she said.

“As an individual who wants to make Thunder Bay my permanent home, I strive to give back to the community and utilize my skills.”

Jenna is set to be a truly inspirational addition to Lakehead as well as exceed expectations for TD Fellowship scholarship recipients.

Pages