Alumni Spotlight


John Hammill knows the secret to running a successful media outlet

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, which has perfected the online news model over the past 10 years, John and his team launched the site on January 8, 2018 – only six weeks after Postmedia shuttered the Orillia Packet and Times.

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Greg Chomut (BA/BEd'08) Wakes the Giant

Monday, September 20, 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.

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Ann-Marie Kungl (MPH'08) is a Woman for all Seasons

Thursday, May 20, 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.

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Lakehead Orillia student leading the way for diversity and inclusion in Simcoe County

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 /

Rudy Grewal’s name and face have become recognizable over the last few years at Lakehead Orillia and in Simcoe County in general.

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Advocating for Children with Down Syndrome

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 /

Sarah Valiquette-Thompson (BA’15) has been a restaurant owner, a city councillor, and a private investigator – but advocating for people with disabilities is the role closest to her heart.

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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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