Donor Stories


The Walker Wood Foundation changes lives

Monday, March 15, 2021 / Online

In 2019, the Walker Wood Foundation generously donated $32,000 to establish Walker Wood Foundation Awards to help Lakehead University students.

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North American Palladium Makes Gift to Superior Science

Monday, November 4, 2019 /

Many thanks to North American Palladium for their donation of $20,000 in support of Superior Science at Lakehead University. Their gift plays a significant role in expanding their outreach efforts throughout Northwestern Ontario and the enhancement of their summer science camps, girls club programming, community events and Indigenous outreach. Thank you for sparking our future leaders' interests in science, engineering and technology!

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Naturalist Joan Crowe (HBSc'70) Leads the Way for Lakehead Students

Monday, September 9, 2019 / Online

When World War II broke out in the fall of 1939, an 11 year-old girl from the northwestern edge of London spent the autumn days wandering among the ancient oak and beech trees of Epping Forest.

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The Shirley (Ricketts) Symington Memorial Nursing Award

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 / Online

It was a January day in one of the remotest corners on Earth and Shirley Symington was in her element.

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Diane and Ron Watson: Community Champions

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 / Online

Diane and Ron Watson are celebrating 40 years of marriage in July 2018 but instead of focusing on themselves, they are concentrating on the next generation.

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The Gary Koreen Engineering Award

Thursday, January 4, 2018 / Online

"A lot of university students are struggling financially," says Lakehead alumnus and donor Gary Koreen of London, Ontario. "My wife Mary Margaret and I wanted to do something meaningful to help them."

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Institute of Italian Studies Establishes a New Award for Lakehead University

Monday, November 13, 2017 /

The Institute of Italian Studies has graciously donated $15,000 to Lakehead University to establish the Institute of Italian Studies Graduate Award.

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Alumni Association provides support for Food Security on campus

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 /

The Alumni Association of Lakehead University recently provided a donation of $2,500 to support the LUSU Food Bank and Food Security programs at the Thunder Bay and Orillia Campuses.

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Lakehead Alum, Ray Stewart, reflects on life, love and purpose.

Monday, June 26, 2017 /

I first met Ray Stewart (HBComm '72) in the summer of 2015 in the halls of PACI. Born in Thunder Bay, Ray had travelled from his home in British Columbia to visit his mother and father’s grave and refresh the floral arrangement; an annual event, he acknowledged. Charming, intelligent and incredibly humble, Ray and I spoke for more than two hours of growing up in Thunder Bay, his time at PACI and at Lakehead University.

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Derek and Joan Burney's Lakehead Legacy

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 / Online

When the official portrait of Lakehead University's eighth chancellor, Dr. Derek Burney, was recently unveiled he quipped, "It's not every day of the year that you get to participate in your own hanging and live to talk about it."

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