Alumni Spotlight


Leah Yari (HBComm'23) Follows Her Passion from Dance to Finance 

Monday, September 11, 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.

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Poet Ash Winters (BA’10) has a Way with Words

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 / Online

“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.”

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Eden Schwartz (HBSW’22) Stands Up for the Vulnerable

Monday, May 15, 2023 / Online

“The social safety net isn’t giving people the support they need,” Eden Schwartz says, “and with the housing crisis and inflation, things are becoming even worse.”

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Adventures in the Yukon

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 / Online

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.

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Clifford Mushquash Fosters Hope and Healing

Thursday, March 16, 2023 /

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

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Silas Young Embraces the North

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 / Online

Silas Young was a third-year commerce student when the COVID pandemic was at its darkest.

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Reaching out to Migrant Workers

Monday, January 23, 2023 / Online

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.

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Harnessing a New Source of Green Energy

Friday, December 16, 2022 / Online

Even as a child, Brian Adams felt a personal obligation to do whatever he could to protect the environment from the destruction caused by humans.

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Tragedy made Sharon Johnson a Powerful Community Activist

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 / Online

Today, Sharon Johnson (BA, Indigenous Learning, 2008) is known for her commitment to raising public awareness about missing and murdered Anishinaabe women in Northwestern Ontario.

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Giving the gift of a lifetime

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 / Online

In 2018, Lakehead alum Sarah Kielek-Caster (BASc’13) learned that she needed a kidney transplant after a workplace injury.

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