Cameron in his store, The Cave

June 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Anything can be collectable, according to Cameron MacDonald (BAdm’17), the owner of The Cave Collectables in Orillia.

Julia Johnston with her dog

March 2022

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Singer, actor, dancer…destroyer of invasive weeds? 

Julia Johnston is not a typical university student, but that’s what makes her such a dynamic member of the Lakehead Orillia campus.

Marcus Khoo headshot

February 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

People from all over the world dream of making it big in Silicon Valley – the headquarters of tech giants like Apple and Facebook. Lakehead alum Marcus Khoo is one of the select group who has thrived in its rarified atmosphere.

Megan Rafuse headshot

January 2022

Friday, January 14, 2022

When she was just a high school student, Megan Rafuse (HBSW'09) lost her mother to cancer. 

“Her death really drove my career choices,” Megan says. “It made me unafraid to take risks, because I learned that you don’t get a second chance to live your life.”

Paul Popo-Ola headshot

December 2021

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Paul Popo-Ola (HBComm'10) has set his sights on helping Toronto inner-city kids escape the lives of poverty to which they are often condemned. In 2020, Paul and a group of friends set up the Black Health and Wealth Fund to provide university entrance scholarships to grade 12 students. It’s Paul’s latest advocacy project, and one close to his heart.

Mike Carlson holding the Stanley Cup

November 2021

Monday, November 8, 2021

Mike Carlson knows firsthand some of the challenges faced by reporters today. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Education – both at Lakehead University. He is a professional sports photographer who has covered the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, and Major League Baseball.

John Hammill headshot

October 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

John Hammill is the regional publisher of OrilliaMatters, an exclusively online site that provides breaking news and vital local information to its readers.
After joining forces with Village Media, John and his team launched the site on January 8, 2018 – only six weeks after Postmedia shuttered the Orillia Packet and Times.

Greg Chomut in the outdoors

September 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

“I didn’t fall in love with teaching until I started doing it. Now it’s an integral part of who I am,” says Greg Chomut, who teaches history, art, and media at Thunder Bay’s Dennis Franklin Cromarty (DFC) High School.

Ann-Marie Kungl digging in a garden

June 2021

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Barrie city councillor Ann-Marie Kungl is a virtuoso at juggling many things – from volunteering at COVID-19 vaccine clinics to informing Barrie’s Age Friendly Community Plan to part-time beekeeping.