Alumni Spotlight


Entrepreneur and Collector Cameron MacDonald

Thursday, June 23, 2022 / Online

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

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A Sculptor of the Uncanny: Katie Lemieux (HBFA’14) makes her mark

Monday, May 16, 2022 / Online

Katie Lemieux has been drawing ever since she was old enough to hold a Crayola. Today, the Thunder Bay artist is an internationally recognized sculptor who’s participated in group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, and South Korea.

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Tamer Ibrahim Stands Up for Young People: From English Major to Youth Advocate

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 / Online

A love of Russian literature influenced Tamer Ibrahim’s (MA'10) life in an unexpected way. Tamer, who has a BA in English from York University and an MA in English from Lakehead, was especially fascinated by writer Leo Tolstoy’s explorations of the privileged world of the Russian aristocracy and the light he shed on the plight of the country’s peasant farmers, who barely eked out a living.

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Julia Johnston is a Quadruple Threat

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 / Online

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.

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California Dreaming: Marcus Khoo (BSc’83) on life in Silicon Valley

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 / Online

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.

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Finding Peace of Mind

Thursday, January 13, 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.”

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Resisting Racism

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 / Online

In the face of the brutality of racism, Lakehead alumnus Paul Popo-Ola (HBCom’10) is shaken, but unbowed.

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Professional sports photographer says Lakehead University changed his life

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 /

Mike Carlson knows firsthand some of the challenges faced by reporters today, especially with many people believing that the news is fake.  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.

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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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