Alumni Association | Spring 2021

GTA Chapter Alumni Award

Our Toronto Area Alumni Chapter on the field for an Argos game

In January 2020, the GTA Alumni Chapter came together to support an ambitious goal. We wanted to help transform the lives of Lakehead students. The Chapter wanted to dream big and establish an endowment, generating an award to be given annually to a student from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), regardless of their program of study.

Currently, the Chapter is in the process of raising $10,000 to make this dream a reality by creating the GTA Chapter Alumni Award, an endowment that will exist at Lakehead in perpetuity. This year, there are over 700 students from the Greater Toronto Area attending Lakehead’s Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, however, there are no Lakehead awards solely for GTA students.

Since we began this journey last year, our Chapter events, GTA Chapter members, and an impressive number of GTA alumni have contributed to this award. To date, we have raised over $6,000!


GTA alumni cheered on the Lakehead Thunderwolves as they battled Ryerson University.

GTA alumni cheered on the Lakehead Thunderwolves as they battled Ryerson University.


"It is because of the Chapter that I am giving. The Chapter’s passion for connecting with fellow alumni made all the difference."

- Daina Colbourne, GTA Chapter Member (BA’99)

By supporting the Chapter’s Endowment Fund, you can have a life-changing impact on future Lakehead students from the GTA – like the way being given an existing University scholarship made Melanie’s life better:

“Receiving this scholarship means the world to me. The financial burden of my OSAP and extra costs of the three field schools I require to succeed in this mission were weighing on me. Coming from a single-parent home with all three of us enrolled in postsecondary, my tuition and debt have become my responsibility. This award has given me faith that I will be able to make it through and graduate without the stress of my finances looming over me. I hope that one day I can pay forward your kind actions to future generations.”

- Melanie (2018-19 academic year)

Click here to make a gift that will open doors for Greater Toronto Area students

For more information, please contact:

Samantha Lennon
External Relations Associate
(416) 646-1416 ext. 2822

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