Alumni Spotlight


Embracing Community, Culture and Creativity

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 /

“Right after I graduated from Lakehead with my Honours of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education, I moved to God’s Lake First Nation to teach,” says Heather Mason (née Martin) (HFA/BEd’08) “I didn’t want to be stuck substitute teaching in southern Ontario for years and years.”

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Inspiring Young People

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 /

Fatima Ahmed knows firsthand how difficult life can be. Despite her unique challenges, she has a jaw-dropping number of extraordinary accomplishments under her belt; impressive for someone not even in her mid-30s yet.

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Laying Down the Law

Friday, December 18, 2020 /

Justis Danto-Clancy and Justin Blanco participated in the national trial advocacy competition held in Ottawa and were victorious against seven other law schools from across Canada.

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Sandra Best (HBSW'13) Helps the Homeless

Thursday, December 17, 2020 /

“Homelessness doesn’t discriminate,” Sandra Best says. “It can happen to anyone of any age and any background.” Sandra is the operations manager of the David Busby Centre, which aims to reduce the impact of homelessness in the Barrie, Ontario, area.

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A curious mind and an adventurous spirit

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 / Online

Over the past few years, Mathew Sloan has been to Korea, England, Tennessee, and a remote island in Lake Superior. That’s because the Lakehead alumnus has wide-ranging passions. As well as being a virtuoso guitarist, a former lighthouse keeper, and a novice bonsai gardener, Mathew is proficient in several languages – French, Spanish, Korean, Hawaiian Creole, and Arabic (his mother is from Lebanon).

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Dinosaur Days

Thursday, September 10, 2020 /

As the Coronavirus emptied out the streets in the Finnish city of Espoo, sidewalk life became less vibrant. But that changed in one neighbourhood in the city of nearly 300,000 when a red, six-foot-tall T-Rex dinosaur arrived on the scene.

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Lakehead graduate managing Hamilton’s COVID-19 hotline

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 /

Michael Bush (HBCom’08, MSMgt’09) is currently managing the Public Health COVID-19 hotline for the City of Hamilton. Prior to COVID-19 arriving in Canada, Michael was in charge of inventory management, storage and handling practices, and data management for the City of Hamilton vaccine program.

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School Days: What happens when your homeroom is in your living room?

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 /

Gino Russo (BSc’00/BEd’01) faced a huge challenge when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Northwestern Ontario. The information technology consultant teacher had to shift the entire Lakehead Public Schools system to remote learning at the drop of a hat.

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Channelling Yoga’s Healing Power

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 / Thunder Bay, Orillia

Doing downward dogs and warrior poses in sweltering 38-degree heat might sound alarming – but alumna Debbie Zweep (BAdmin'94) wants to assure anyone who is curious not to worry. She is the co-owner of Modo Yoga Thunder Bay, located in Lakehead University’s C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse.

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Gia Spiropoulos Rules The Court

Monday, March 2, 2020 /

Gia Spiropoulos is a natural born leader and a serious threat on the basketball court. “My dad got me hooked on the sport,” explains the Lakehead Orillia graduate student from Belleville, Ontario. “When I was a kid, we used to play together.”

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