Lakehead University participating in Giving Tuesday

November 23, 2017 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

Lakehead University will be participating in Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 28 – and it could be even bigger than last year.

Giving Tuesday is a relatively new Canadian movement for giving.  Seen as the “opening day of the giving season,” it is when charities, companies, and individuals join together to share their commitment, rally for their favourite causes, and think about others.

Lakehead University’s Alumni Association has agreed to match the first $21,000 in new gifts towards student financial aid. This is an exceptional opportunity to double the impact of everyone's gift. Last year, $41,879 was raised during Giving Tuesday. 
 
By donating to Lakehead on Giving Tuesday, you support the University's hard-working students. Your donation will help fund scholarships and bursaries, enhance the student experience and support student athletes. 
Everyone is encouraged to:

  • Make a gift – the Giving Tuesday portal (found at donate.lakeheadu.ca) will open on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 12:01 am and close on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at midnight.
  • Take a selfie or pose for a photo and post it to your social media page using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #lakeheadu.  The Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement office will be sure to share your posts on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 28, visit staff at the Giving Tuesday booths in the Agora in Thunder Bay or in the Learning Commons in Orillia. Come show your support! 

Thank you in advance for helping to make Giving Tuesday at Lakehead a success and thanks to the Alumni Association for its continued generosity.

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

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Palliative care advocate for the homeless coming to Thunder Bay

June 1, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

The founder of Toronto’s PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless) is coming to Thunder Bay to deliver education on palliative care for the homeless and the vulnerably housed. 

Dr. Naheed Dosani is a passionate and respected advocate for marginalized and vulnerable populations with palliative needs. 

He will be in Thunder Bay on Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9, organized by Lakehead University’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH) with Hospice Northwest, Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, the North West LHIN Regional Palliative Care Program of St. Joseph’s Care Group, and a group of local palliative care physicians.

“How do we value dignity at the end of life?" Dr. Dosani said. “Is it the same for everyone? My experience has shown it's not. It troubles me that we live in a society where we live differently. But should we really die differently?”

Dr. Dosani will participate in three education events:

  • Thursday, June 8 Die-alogues session: 7 – 9 pm in the Embassy Ballroom at the Victoria Inn: Open to the public – by donation. To register call 626-5570 ext. 5573 or visit hospicenorthwest.ca/die-alogues.
  • Friday, June 9 Symposium: 8 – 9:30 am in the Embassy Ballroom at the Victoria Inn: Dr. Dosani will lead the discussion at a breakfast Symposium where interested members of the public, front-line staff and health care providers will learn specifically how PEACH was established to provide palliative care services and education, and discuss how a similar model can be implemented locally.  $10 registration fee.  To register visit: cerah.lakeheadu.ca/events/
  • Friday, June 9 Workshop: 10 am – 12 pm in the Embassy Ballroom at the Victoria Inn:  Dr. Dosani will facilitate a Workshop following the Symposium for front-line staff and health care providers who are interested in learning more about the work that he has been involved in, and how this work can be accomplished in Thunder Bay.  No charge but registration is required: cerah.lakeheadu.ca/events/

More information about the Die-alogues is available by clicking here. More information about the Symposium and Workshop is available by clicking here.

Dr. Dosani serves as a Palliative Care Physician at the Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) and William Osler Health System (WOHS). He recently completed the Conjoint Palliative Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto. 

After completing his training, Dr. Dosani founded PEACH, a mobile, street and shelter-based outreach service aimed at meeting the Palliative Care needs of the homeless and vulnerably housed. Through PEACH, he provides Toronto’s most marginalized populations with compassionate care and a dignified approach to their end-of-life journeys.  Click here to watch Dr. Dosani’s Ted Talk.

 

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Media: Media are invited to promote these educational events in advance by interviewing Dr. Dosani by phone.

Interviews may be conducted in person with Dr. Dosani at 6:40 pm on Thursday, June 8 at the Embassy Ballroom or at 9:30 am on Friday, June 9 at the Embassy Ballroom.

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

 

 

Lakehead University has about 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. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Professor from Singapore launches new Sustainable Communities Speaker Series

July 21, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) is launching a new “Sustainable Communities” speaker series to give the community an opportunity to hear from scholars beyond Lakehead University.

The first talk takes place on Thursday, August 11 from 5 – 6:30 pm at Lakehead’s 500 University Avenue campus and features Dr. Md Saidul Islam, associate professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His topic will be “Globalization Project and the Neoliberal Paradox: Quest for a Sustainable Earth.” Dr. Saidul Islam’s research interests include international development and environmental sociology with particular emphasis on the global agro-food system, global commodity networks, global environmental governance, agrarian change, and labour and gender dimension in rural development.

Dr. Md Saidul Islam

“The new series will focus on topics covering the three main research areas of the RCSC – environmental sustainability, political economy, and social justice,” explains Centre Director, Dr. Nanda Kanavillil. “This is a chance for members of the University and the public to hear from scholars on a wide variety of interdisciplinary research topics – all related to having a positive impact on the sustainability of our communities.”

The Research Centre for Sustainable Communities was established 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.

The August 11 talk is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Nanda Kanavillil at nkanavil@lakeheadu.ca

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University has about 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead announces William G. Tamblyn Legacy Society at Art Gallery opening

September 1, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Today, Lakehead University announced the new William G. Tamblyn Legacy Society and opened a new art gallery space at its University Avenue campus.

Community leaders and friends of the University gathered to learn about the new initiative and view the unveiling of the New Sun Art Gallery, located in the Alumni Commons, Simcoe Hall.

The University’s Legacy Society was launched last fall at a special reception on the Thunder Bay campus where it was named in recognition of William G. Tamblyn, the University’s founding President and Vice-Chancellor. The Society is an honorary organization created to recognize and thank donors who make a financial commitment in their estate plan to support the University.

David Tamblyn, incoming Chair of the Lakehead University Board of Governors and son of William G. Tamblyn, spoke on behalf of the Tamblyn family. “We are honoured to have the Legacy Society named in memory of my father, and we are all very proud of the long affiliation our family has had with the University,” said David Tamblyn. “It is my sincere hope that the Legacy Society will become an integral part of the future of Lakehead University, and the opening of this beautiful gallery today is a wonderful indication of this already happening here at the Orillia campus.”

Tamblyn Family

Members of the Tamblyn family are pictured (l-r): Sarah Hagman, David Tamblyn, Lukas Hagman, Dick Hagman, Sally Hagman, Anders Hagman, and Mugs Tamblyn, with Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

“We are proud to unveil this new gallery space that is named in honour of Joy Harvie Maclaren, whose legacy gift supported its establishment, and makes her the inaugural member of the University’s Legacy Society supporting the Orillia campus,” said Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

Joy Harvie Maclaren, who died in 2014 at the age of 92, was a long-time supporter of Lakehead Orillia and the city of Orillia, where her father was born.  She had a lifelong interest in promoting education, particularly for Aboriginal youth. She was given the honorary title of “New Sun” by the Mohawk, Ojibway, and Blackfoot in recognition of her work for First Nations communities across Canada.

“Joy was thrilled to learn that Lakehead University would build a campus on the property that was, in part, the location of her family’s homestead,” said Patricia Harvie, cousin of Maclaren. “She was passionate about education throughout her life, and she would have been so proud to have her name associated with this beautiful space.”

“Joy was a great benefactor to Lakehead Orillia,” said Orillia Campus Principal Kim Fedderson. “Without her vision and support, the campus would not have grown from its modest beginnings to what it is today. With the generous support of the Harvie family, Joy established the Harvie Legacy Library, located in our Learning Commons, as well as scholarships for Aboriginal students attending Lakehead Orillia. Now, Joy’s legacy is not only helping us to provide a beautiful and valued study space for students, but is helping us to promote arts and culture in the community she was so fond of.”

Patricia Harvey

Patricia Harvie, Joy Harvie Maclaren's cousin, with her husband George Garlock, accepts a photo memento from Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

The art gallery currently features works from the University’s Michano collection of Aboriginal art, including those of Morrisseau, Henry, and Schilling, as well as artwork by Audrey Garwood, donated to the University by Patricia Harvie.

The New Sun Art Gallery will be featured as part of the Doors Open Orillia/Culture Days on September 30 (12 noon – 7 pm) when members of the public are encouraged to visit.

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New Sun Art Gallery Opening

Lakehead Orillia announces 10th birthday celebrations!

August 24, 2016 – Orillia, ON

It has been ten years and Lakehead University is ready to celebrate! The University is marking an important milestone this year – the 10th Anniversary of its Orillia campus and is inviting the community to join in the festivities.

The celebrations begin on Tuesday, September 6 with the raising of the Lakehead Orillia 10th Anniversary flag in front of the Opera House in Orillia. Then on September 8, the University is hosting a “Hole in Ten” golf tournament at Couchiching Golf Club, followed by a birthday party and barbeque on campus at 500 University Avenue.

 The Orillia campus opened in September 2006 at Heritage Place in downtown Orillia with just over 100 students. Today, over 1,400 students study at both the downtown site, and at 500 University Avenue, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified campus, which opened in 2010.

“We are excited to share the accomplishments of the Orillia campus with our communities in Orillia and Simcoe County,” said Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “We could not have provided the kind of exceptional opportunities to our students at the Orillia campus without the loyal and caring community members who have shown tremendous support of the campus over the past ten years.”

The September 8 festivities are open to the entire community. Those looking for a fun, “anything but serious” golf challenge are invited to register their foursome and everyone (golfers and non-golfers alike) are invited to RSVP to the Birthday Party and Barbeque, which is free and will offer lots of party fun and favours. The deadline for golf registration and party RSVPs is August 30, and can be done easily online at lakeheadu.ca/orillia10. The birthday party will be an opportunity to meet some of the founders of the Orillia campus, along with students, faculty and staff, and the many volunteers who have contributed to the growth of the campus.

To find out more about the celebration events, as well as information about the history of Lakehead Orillia, visit lakeheadu.ca/orillia10.

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Lakehead Orillia 10th
Lakehead University is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Orillia campus this year and the community is invited to the festivities – including a birthday party and barbeque, taking place on campus September 8.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

 

 

Lakehead Orillia’s 2016 Convocation celebrates 10 years of achievement

June 4, 2016 – Orillia, ON

During Lakehead University Orillia’s 10th Anniversary year convocation ceremony on June 4, approximately 200 students crossed the stage at Rotary Place and joined the growing number of graduates who have received degrees from the Orillia campus.

Since the campus opened in 2006, over 3,000 degrees have been conferred. Some of the graduates from the campus’s charter class attended Convocation 2016 to be acknowledged and to help celebrate the campus’s milestone year.

“This year’s graduates embody not only their own exceptional growth and success — they embody the exceptional growth and success of our Orillia campus during this, its tenth anniversary year,” said Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “Our graduates’ future growth and success will mirror this campus’s promising future.”

In addition to lauding its graduating students, Lakehead’s Orillia Convocation is the annual occasion to confer honorary degrees and special awards to those who have contributed significantly to the University and our community.

During his closing remarks, Lakehead University Chancellor Derek Burney told graduates that they have many opportunities ahead of them as a result of their education.

“The true end to education is to teach people to learn for themselves,” said Dr. Burney. “I hope the knowledge you have gained will inspire you to make our society better.”

Graduates also heard from fellow student, Rebecca Scott, who represented the graduating class as the “Voice of Convocation.” Scott, of Flesherton, Ontario, was a student at the Orillia campus for the past five years and received her Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science and Bachelor of Education degrees at Saturday’s ceremony.

“The time has come to step out of our comfort zone and into the real world,” Scott said during her address to graduands. “It’s time to use our skills and take some risks.”

This year’s Honorary Doctorate, Bonnie Patterson, a leader for postsecondary education.

Honorary degrees symbolize the highest honour that can be conferred upon an individual by the University and are awarded in recognition of scholarly or creative achievements or distinguished public service to the country or region.

Patterson shared her insights with graduands and encouraged them to remember gratitude, relationships, integrity, passion and patience.  “Never, never, never give up,” she said to students, paraphrasing Sir Winston Churchill.

Bonnie Patterson

Honorary Degree recipient, Bonnie Patterson, is congratulated by Lakehead University's Chancellor Derek Burney (r) and President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson, before addressing graduates at Lakehead Orillia's convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 4.

TheCivitas Award, conferred annually to a community member who has made a significant contribution to the University, was awarded to Garfield Dunlop, who, as Member of Provincial Parliament, provided exceptional leadership and support to the University, making him a true anchor of the Orillia campus.

Past Civitas Award winners include Robert Lamb (2015); Bob Bowles (2014); Will McGarvey (2013); Anderson Charters (2012); Paul Weber (2011); former Orillia Mayor, Ron Stevens (2010); Lloyd Dennis (2009); and Sue Mulcahy (2008).

Garfield Dunlop

Following an introduction by Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown, Garfield Dunlop received the 2016 Lakehead University Civitas Award from Lakehead University Chancellor Derek Burney and President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson at Lakehead Orillia’s convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 4.

Among the graduates receiving their degrees this year was the first cohort of students to receive their Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science – Media Studies degrees.

Student award winners included:

•  The William A. West Scholar Award for Education for highest standing in BEd, Primary/Junior: Somaia Khan

•  Dean’s Medal for highest standing in Sustainability Sciences: Sheena Tolland

•  Dean’s Medal for highest standing in Interdisciplinary Studies (HBASc): Jenny Thomas

•  Dean’s Medal for highest standing in Interdisciplinary Studies (BASc): Robyn Marie Alford

 

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 Let's Celebrate

In what is becoming a tradition, some of Lakehead Orillia’s 2016 graduates jump for joy following their convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 4.

Lakehead to host Transfer Preview Day

February 24, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Whether you are interested in turning your diploma into a degree or completing your degree, Lakehead University in Orillia has many options.  A special “Transfer Preview Day” will take place on Monday, February 29 to give college, university and graduate students an opportunity to learn about their transfer options at Lakehead.

For college students and graduates, Lakehead University offers several ways to turn a college education or diploma into a degree. Through transfer agreements between the University and colleges, students can easily complete a degree in as little as one or two years. Programs are offered in Arts & Science, Business, Education, and Social Work.

For university students interested in transferring and completing a degree at Lakehead, the Transfer Preview Day provides the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff about credit and transfer options in programs such as English, Political Science, History, Psychology, and much more.

Lakehead Orillia’s Transfer Preview Day takes place on Monday, February 29 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at 500 University Avenue. In addition to finding out about programs requirements, transfer credits and how to apply, there will also be opportunities to tour the campus and meet with faculty and current students. For details, and to register, visit mylakehead.ca.

 

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Lakehead Transfer Preview Day
Carly Chantler of Parry Sound took advantage of transfer opportunities after she graduated from Georgian College’s Environmental Technology program. She enrolled in Lakehead’s Environmental Sustainability program, receiving credit for her college program, and graduated in June 2015 with her degree and the Dean’s Award for highest standing in the program. Lakehead Orillia is hosting a Transfer Preview Day on February 29.

 

MEDIA CONTACT
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

 

Lakehead University has about 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

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