Michaela Parenteau headshot

February/March 2024

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

“Growing up, I knew many First Nations people who didn’t have access to basic health care,” Michaela Parenteau says, “and these inequities inspired me to study nursing at Lakehead.” 

Carlin Val in a cave

December 2023

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Carlin Val was only 14 years old when he went on his first climb, but he knew that he’d found his calling—even though he’s afraid of heights.

“The strength and the integrity of the equipment reassures me that I’m safe and that I’m having fun,” Carlin says.

Kim Titchener stands in front of bear trap

November 2023

Friday, November 17, 2023

“Bears—especially grizzlies and polar bears—have a reputation as man-eating beasts, but that’s a myth,” says wildlife expert Kim Titchener. “Bears are gracious to the humans living in their territories.” 

A photo of Omer Belisle

October 2023

Friday, October 6, 2023

Omer Belisle has been shaping the minds and spirits of youngsters for almost 30 years. 

He’s been a committed coach, teacher, vice-principal, and principal with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and, for the past 12 years, he’s been superintendent of education overseeing the TBCDSB’s Kindergarten - Grade 8 and Student Achievement departments.

Leah crosses stage to accept her degree

September 2023

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

In her valedictory speech as this year's "Voice of the Class" at Lakehead Orillia's convocation ceremony, Leah Yari shared an important and, perhaps, personal lesson with her fellow graduates.

Photo of Ash Winters

June 2023

Monday, June 19, 2023

“Poetry has always come very naturally to me,” Ash Winters says. “It’s the primary way that my mind thinks—it’s my comfort zone.” 

Photo of Emmalee (Emm) Agnew, Terry Milne and their one-year-old son Cedar

April 2023

Monday, April 10, 2023

Last July, Emmalee (Emm) Agnew and Terry Milne took their one-year-old son Cedar on his first Yukon expedition—a voyage snaking along the Pelly River past mountains where wolf packs, moose, and grizzly bears roamed.

It was glorious, but it wasn’t easy.

Clifford Mushquash headshot

March 2023

Monday, March 20, 2023

A few months ago, Clifford Mushquash was on the edge of Red Sea in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Sandy Falcon headshot

January 2023

Monday, January 9, 2023

Mature student. Immigrant. Mother. Wife. These are all words Sandy Falcon has used to describe herself. The people around her also know her as a compassionate friend and selfless community leader.