Elevate Your Campus Experience: Campus Beautification Days 2024

Event Date: 
Monday, June 17, 2024 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Various location across Lakehead Thunder Bay
Event Contact Name: 
Ledah McKellar & Jonathon Racine
Event Contact Phone: 
807-343-8010 ext. 8703 (LM), 7246 (JR)

Join us for Campus Beautification Days 2024, an immersive opportunity to enhance our shared environment and foster a stronger sense of community within Lakehead Thunder Bay. Taking place on June 17th & 18th, 2024 from 9am to 1pm, this event invites Lakehead employees to embrace the beauty of nature while collaborating with colleagues and friends to rejuvenate our campus.

Activities Include:

  • Tidying up our picturesque gardens.
  • Collecting debris to restore the natural charm.
  • Revitalizing our inviting courtyards for all to enjoy.

By participating, you contribute to the creation of a clean and inviting campus environment that fills us all with pride. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just eager to lend a helping hand, your presence will make a difference.

How to Participate:

Departments and individuals are encouraged to sign up in advance, though drop-ins are warmly welcomed anytime each day of the event. While bringing your own garden gloves and trowels is appreciated, it's not mandatory. Register via our convenient >>> Google Form <<<.

Location and Amenities:

Look for our welcome table outside the Chancellor Paterson Library, where you'll find all the necessary supplies. Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Food and Conference Services.

A Tradition of Wellness and Community:
Beginning in May 2022, Campus Beautification Days started as a Wellness Strategy initiative offering a platform for our Lakehead community to unite in a shared mission of environmental stewardship and camaraderie (TB,OR). What started as a simple idea has blossomed into a cherished tradition, now overseen by the Office of Sustainability and Physical Plant, with ongoing support from various action items within Lakehead's Wellness Strategy (e.g., 2.1D, 2.2H, and 2.3C).

Together, let's cultivate a campus we can ALL be proud of!

Summerfest: A Multicultural Celebration

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 11:30am to 1:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Chancellor Paterson Library Courtyard

Join us for Summerfest 2024!

Dear Lakehead Community,

Organized by the Lakehead University Social Committee, Lakehead University International, LUSU, and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, we are excited to invite faculty, staff and students to Summerfest: A Multicultural Celebration, a vibrant multicultural celebration in honor of National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27), and Canada Day (July 1). 

Join us for interactive displays, delicious food, and engaging activities for all members of our Lakehead community!

- Outpost barbeque including multicultural dishes available for purchase.
- Games, prizes, and cultural events.
- Traditional/cultural attire encouraged.

Available for purchase will be items from a barbecue organized by the Outpost including multicultural dishes.

No RSVP is required. In case of rain, the event will be held indoors in the Main Dining Hall (Main Cafeteria). Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the LUSU Food Resource Centre if possible.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Best regards,
Lakehead University Social Committee

Let’s Get Active: Choose Your Move

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Wolf Den Gym

Attention Lakehead Faculty and Staff:

Join us Tuesday, June 4th, 2024, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm and Let's Get Active!

As an initiative supported by Lakehead’s Wellness Strategy, the Lakehead Social Committee has planned a lunch hour of wellness in conjunction with National Health and Fitness Day, Active Commute Challenge, and It's Your Move 100 Hour Challenge.

All Lakehead employees are invited to sign up for one of the following activities below.

Please complete the google form to register.

 *In case of rain or adverse weather, the walk and run will occur in the Lakehead Hangar instead.
Choose your Move:Registration is required, and space is limited.

Complete a warm-up before heading out on a 3.3km loop that takes you on the campus trails along the McIntyre River.


Complete a group warm-up and then complete a 5km out and back on the trails to the college and back.

Modo Yoga

Find your flow with Debbie Zweep in the Modo Yoga studio in the Wolf Den for a 45-minute class. Bring your own mat if you can, but mats will also be available. Spaces are limited.


Catch up with the craze sweeping courts across the continent! Instructors from Thunder Bay Pickleball will provide an introduction to the sport and give you the chance to try this new-ish sport. Spaces are limited.

This event promises to be a fun and active way to celebrate wellness and fitness among coleagues and friends here on campus. We look forward to seeing you there and Let's Get Active! 

TBay On The Move: Active Commute Challenge 2024

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 12:00am EDT to Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 11:55pm EDT
Event Location: 
Lakehead Thunder Bay
Event Contact Name: 
Ledah McKellar or Jonathon Racine
Event Contact Phone: 
807-343-8010 ext. 8703 (LM), 7246 (JR)

Hey Lakehead, are you ready to make a positive impact on your health and the environment?

Thunder Bay District Health Unit's Active Commute Challenge is back for 2024, and we invite you to join TBAY On The Move in this exciting journey towards physical wellness and environmental protection!

Simply visit www.tbayonthemove.ca to register and start logging your active commuting activities. Throughout the challenge, there will be exciting incentives, prizes, and recognition for your efforts, making it a fun and motivating experience for all - make sure to join the "Lakehead University" team to be included in our challenge!

By participating in the Active Commute Challenge, you'll be taking meaningful steps towards improving your physical health. Walking, cycling, using public transit, or carpooling are not only great ways to get moving and boost your fitness levels, but they also contribute to reducing stress, improving mental well-being, and increasing productivity throughout your day.

Beyond the personal benefits, your participation in the challenge plays a crucial role in preserving our environment. Every step, pedal, or shared ride helps reduce carbon emissions, alleviate traffic congestion, and promote cleaner air for everyone in our community. Together, we can create a more sustainable and eco-friendly campus environment. TBay On The Move

Let's show our commitment to physical health and environmental stewardship by participating in the 2024 Active Commute Challenge. Together, we can make a difference one step, pedal, or shared ride at a time!

Lakehead Orillia: Want to participate? You can do so through a different, but similar challenge, Commuter Challenge.

CMHA Mental Health Week: May 6-12, 2024

Event Date: 
Monday, May 6, 2024 - 12:00am EDT to Sunday, May 12, 2024 - 11:55pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online & Campus Wide

A Call to be Kind

We all have the capacity to be compassionate, and we know that doing so can make an enormous difference. This year’s Mental Health Week is centered on the healing power of compassion.

Join us from May 6 to 12, 2024 to explore how compassion connects us all.

--- Human Resources Events Page

TBDHU's Get Real Photovoice: Mental Health at Work Matters

--- Student Health and Wellness Events Page

In a world plagued by suffering, we emphasize that kindness is equally intrinsic to our humanity.

Find CMHA in your area

#CompassionConnects #MentalHealthWeek #CMHA

Get Real Photovoice: Mental Health at Work Matters

Event Date: 
Monday, May 6, 2024 - 8:30am EDT to Friday, May 10, 2024 - 5:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Across from Student Central, Lakehead Thunder Bay
Event Contact Name: 
Jonathon Racine
Event Contact Phone: 
807-343-8010 ext. 7246
Event Contact E-mail: 

In the summer of 2017, the Superior Mental Wellness @ Work project asked the community to portray their mental health at work through creative photography.

REAL images and stories were submitted by REAL people who bravely and honestly answered two questions:

  • How do you really feel at work?
  • How do you take care of your mental health at work?

This exhibit features a collection of photos and captions selected from the submissions received. Each one is unique but collectively, they shed light on the reality of mental health in the workplace. The goals of the campaign are to reduce the stigma associated with talking about employee mental health and to inspire positive change towards healthy workplaces for everyone!

Check out some of the entries received in the video below.

***The Get Real Photovoice campaign is a project of the Superior Mental Wellness @ Work advisory group. Their mission is to create workplace environments that reduce psychological hazards and maintain positive mental health for employees in Thunder Bay and District. 

What can you do to support mental wellness at work?

Lead Positive Change

  • Learn more about the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
  • Have zero tolerance for disrespectful behaviours.
  • Ensure staff is clear about what is expected of them and how their work contributes to the organization.
  • Provide opportunities for staff to develop their skills.
  • Support employees that come forward with concerns.
  • Encourage and listen to staff ideas.
  • Be as flexible as you can with work schedules.
  • Make consistent and fair decisions.
  • Celebrate achievements and recognize staff commitment.
  • Ensure employees have the resources they need to do their job well.
  • Promote healthy choices and encourage breaks.
  • Encourage staff to work safely and to report any hazards in the work environment. 

Take Care of Yourself

  • Take regular breaks. Walking outside in the fresh air can be very helpful.
  • Practice relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Maintain healthy work/life balance.
  • Eat well, be active, drink water and get enough sleep.
  • If you are having trouble coping, talk to someone you trust. Get help from a health professional if you need it. There is no shame in asking for help. Visit the Menal Health Support page for a comprehensive list of mental health services nearby.

Support Your Coworkers

  • If a co-worker seems troubled, let them know you are there for support.
  • Listen without giving advice. Ask what you can do to help.
  • Encourage them to take breaks.
  • Support them to get professional help, if needed. Visit the Mental Health Support page for a comprehensive list of mental health services nearby.

Helpful Links

Superior Mental Wellness @ Work Logo

For Further Information

Call the Healthy Living Program at (807) 625-5900 or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630, or email workplacewellness@tbdhu.com

A Gathering for Faculty and Staff: An Afternoon of Wellness

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Residence Dining Hall
Event Contact Name: 
Jonathon Racine
Event Contact Phone: 
807-343-8010 ext. 7246
Event Contact E-mail: 

Lakehead's Social Committee is hosting a gathering to help our faculty and staff refocus after a long winter and the many stresses of these past few years.

Faculty and staff are invited to the Residence Dining Hall from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 to rest and relax with some trivia in the style of Family Feud, entertainment, prizes, snacks and refreshments.

There will also be a 50/50 draw with proceeds going toward future events organized by the LU Social Committee.

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 2nd, 2024 to reserve your spot.

***Non-perishable food donations for the LUSU Food Resrouce Centre will be collected at the door.

P.S. - We're looking for your input on our first edition of Lakehead Coworker Feud. Submit your answers to some of Lakehead's most common questions here: https://forms.gle/XKwwxM7yT5FrnejK7.

#LakeheadGathers #AnAfternoonOfWellness #LakeheadUniversity #SocialCommittee

Employee Service Recognition Reception

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 2:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Faculty Lounge
Event Contact Name: 
Human Resources
Event Contact Phone: 
Event Contact E-mail: 

We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to the 2023 Employee Service Recognition Event.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 24, 2024,from 2:30pm to 4:00pm.

Let's come together to celebrate the remarkable dedication of our colleagues who've reached milestones of 20, 30, 40, and even 50 years of service, as well as those who retired before July 1, 2023. It promises to be a memorable occasion filled with appreciation and camaraderie. We can't wait to see you there!

Light refreshments will be served.

Please see a list of employees who will be recognized at this year's reception below.

20 Years of Service

  • Lynne Thibeault, Contract Lecturer, Nursing
  • Hilary Chesterman, Manager, Security Services
  • Trudy Russo, Librarian III, Library
  • Kathleen Michalchuk, Research Analyst (Quality), Institutional Analysis
  • Tiffany Moore, Laboratory and Biosafety Specialist, Human Resources
  • Daniel Rogalla, Electrician, Physical Plant
  • Rhonda Dubec, Coordinator of Instructional Development, Teaching Commons
  • Susan Wright, Manager, Research Ethics & Contracts, Office of Research Services
  • Robert McCluskey, Electrician, Physical Plant
  • Kevin Schlyter, Planning and Construction Manager, Physical Plant
  • Colleen Woods, Administrative Assistant, Professional Development in Education
  • Barbara Bingham, Caretaker 1, Residence Services
  • Janice Mutz, Librarian IV, Library
  • Christina van Barneveld, Associate Professor, Education
  • Jesse Canuel, Manager, Enterprise Resource Planning, Technology Services Centre
  • Ursula MacDonald, Manager, Health, Safety and Wellness, Human Resources
  • Joanne Liikala, Library Clerk, Library
  • Jo-Ann Vis, Associate Professor, Social Work
  • Kirsten Oinonen, Professor, Psychology
  • Naqi Sayed, Associate Professor, Business Administration
  • Leonard Hutchison, Associate Professor, Natural Resources Management
  • Kam Yu, Associate Professor, Economics
  • Todd Randall, Dean Science & Environmental Studies
  • Rosanna Scaffeo, Chief of Staff, President's Office
  • Baoqiang Liao, Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Apichart Linhananta, Associate Professor, Physics
  • Renee Fratpietro, Operations Supervisor, Paleo-DNA Laboratory

30 Years of Service

  • Jennifer McKee, Administrative Assistant, Economics
  • Thomas Puk, Professor, Education
  • Dennis McPherson, Associate Professor, Indigenous Learning
  • Josephine Tan, Professor, Psychology
  • Louis Pero Manager, Varsity Sports, Athletics

40 Years of Service

  • Philip Fralick, Professor, Geology


  • Bahram Dadgostar, Dean of Business Administration/ Professor, Business Administration
  • Francis Clayton, Head Coach, Men's & Women's Wrestling, Athletics
  • Edward Karell, Maintenance - Lead Hand, Residence
  • Judy Mackie, Programmer Analyst II, TSC
  • Kathy Matic, Placement Officer, Education
  • Joanne McEvoy, Caretaker I - Lead Hand, Residence
  • Shelley Unwin, Administrative Officer Principal, Orillia Campus
  • Johane Joncas, Lab Supervisor/QC, Office Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Frances Helyar, Associate Professor Education
  • Alexandra Lawson, Associate Professor Education
  • Edward Rawana , Professor, Psychology
  • Linda McKay, Associate Professor, Nursing
  • Heather Morrison, Contract Lecturer, Music
  • Kathleen Traynor, Library Assistant (Archives Technician), Library
  • Glenn Colton, Professor, Music

Employee Appreciation Day

Event Date: 
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 12:00am EST
Event Location: 
Human Resources
Event Contact Name: 
Jonathon Racine
Event Contact Phone: 
807-343-8010 ext. 7246
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Today is National Employee Appreciation Day!

On behalf of Lakehead University – As a special thank you for all your hard work, each employee has been automatically entered into a random draw. Winners are chosen throughout the day and announced on the Human Resources web page.

A wide selection of prizes are available including gift cards, clothing, swag items, and three (3) Grand Prize draws! Winners are to collect their prizes from the Office of Human Resources:

Thunder Bay – UC 0003
Orillia – Room OA 2012

For any questions, please reach out to Jonathon Racine, Wellness Strategy Coordinator, at wellnesscoordinator@lakeheadu.ca or 807-343-8010 ext. 7246.

Remember to check out the HR web page to see if you are one of our lucky winners!

Digital Wall of Champions

Event Date: 
Monday, January 22, 2024 - 12:00am EST to Friday, January 26, 2024 - 11:55pm EST
Event Location: 
Event Contact Name: 
Jonathon Racine
Event Contact Phone: 
807-343-8010 ext. 7246
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Do you know a co-worker who deserves recognition?

We all know individuals who make our campus a better place - those who demonstrate a commitment towards the continued success and well-being of the entire Lakehead University community.

Join us throughout the week to write a beautiful anonymous message on our Wall of Champions for all to see. Please share a positive message or story about a colleague who makes a difference in our Lakehead community!

To see the entire employee Thrive schedule, visit lakeheadu.ca/EmployeesThrive