A Message from President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson
On behalf of the Senior Administration of the University, it is a pleasure to acknowledge the impressive contributions that students have made at Lakehead and beyond.
In this time of uncertainty, it is important that we remember and recognize all of the amazing and positive contributions our students make year in and year out. Without you, Lakehead would not be the exceptional and unconventional place that it is - a community with a passion for learning and a dedication to supporting one another.
This year marks the fourth year of the Lakehead Leader Recognition Program, a program based on the principles of Lakehead University’s motto: Achievement Through Effort, and on our institution’s Mission, Vision and Strategic and Academic Plans.
We know and are proud of the fact that Lakehead Leaders, like you, are engaged contributors both on-campus and within your communities. You demonstrate and celebrate diversity and inclusion, community engagement, innovation, and strive to achieve academic excellence.
My sincere thank you to the award recipients and all students who were nominated for continuing to make Lakehead a very special place.
Ananta Bhatt, Master of Computer Science, Thunder Bay
Lydia Johnson, Biology, Thunder Bay
Category: ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Erin Chochla, Law, Thunder Bay
Emma Harland, Nursing, Thunder Bay
Category: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Lubna Khanji, Social Work, Orillia
Prabhjot Singh Ahuja, Mechanical Engineering, Thunder Bay
Rudy Grewal, Interdisciplinary Studies, Orillia
Temitope Ojo, PhD. in Forestry, Thunder Bay
Category: CITIZENSHIP & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Anton Demetrakopoulos, Commerce, Thunder Bay
Georgia (Gia) Spiropoulos, Master of Education, Orillia
Kelsey Boisimier, Sociology, Thunder Bay
Kristal Loaiza, Applied Life Sciences, Thunder Bay
Leah Cadieux, Criminology, Orillia
Taylor Smith, Social Work, Orillia
Courtney Strutt, Master of Education, Thunder Bay
Jacob Kearey-Moreland, Master of Education, Orillia
Rachel Portinga, PhD in Health Sciences, Thunder Bay
Sanjana Sharma, Computer Science, Thunder Bay
Shadiya Aidid, Master of Health Sciences, Thunder Bay
Shayla Auld, Natural Resource Management, Thunder Bay
Abigale Kent, Master of Health Science, Thunder Bay
Jessica Dinner, Social Work, Orillia
Kayla Etreni, Women's Studies & Sociology, Thunder Bay
Laura Deschamps, Kinesiology, Thunder Bay
Lucas Chiarot, Criminology, Orillia
Lucas is receiving a Luminary Award in the categories of Diversity & Inclusion, Citizenship & Community Engagement and Academic Excellence
Lyndon Swick, Biology and Chemistry, Thunder Bay
Nicole Costanzo, Applied Life Sciences, Thunder Bay
Niloufar Sadroddini, Law, Thunder Bay
The Lakehead Leader Recognition Program has been developed upon the principles of Lakehead University’s motto: Achievement Through Effort, as well as our institution’s Mission, Vision and Strategic and Academic Plans.
Lakehead Leaders and Lakehead Luminaries are engaged contributors both on-campus and within their communities, they recognize and celebrate diversity and inclusivity, and they strive to achieve academic excellence. Students who exemplify these qualities may now be recognized as Lakehead Leaders and Luminaries - designations that will receive Co-Curricular credit and a certificate of achievement.
To see our past recipients, click here!
What is the difference between a Lakehead Leader and a Lakehead Luminary?
Lakehead Leaders have demonstrated exemplary achievement in one or more of the “Five Qualities of a Lakehead Leader.” A maximum of twenty Lakehead Leaders will be recognized each academic year.
Lakehead Luminaries have demonstrated exceptional leadership in two or more of the “Five Qualities of a Lakehead Leader.” A maximum of five Lakehead Luminaries will be recognized each academic year.
What will Lakehead Leaders and Lakehead Luminaries receive?
Recipients of the Lakehead Leader and Luminary awards will receive recognition at an awards ceremony where they will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement. The award winners will also receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record, provided they add the designation to their record.
How are the “Five Qualities of a Lakehead Leader” defined and what is the criteria for each category?
Academic Excellence: Exemplified by a student who demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the highest quality of scholarly activity, workmanship, integrity, accountability and responsibility in their academic pursuits, to the best of their abilities.
Diversity & Inclusion: Exemplified by students who have made a special effort to grow and develop our community’s understanding, support and acceptance of diverse people, cultures, traditions, values and abilities.
Citizenship & Community Engagement: Exemplified by students who demonstrate a passion for and strong belief in student leadership and/or giving back to the community whether it be, on campus or within the local or national community or even globally.
Innovation: Exemplified by students who are “unconventional and passionate thinkers” who use their creative perspective to build and shape innovative programs and/or projects and inspire others.
Sustainability: Exemplified by students who demonstrate a deep understanding and passion for issues surrounding sustainability. They not only apply sustainable living concepts to their own lives but also take action to educate others on the implementation of sustainability on personal and community scales.
At minimum, your nomination should speak to how the nominee:
Can any student be nominated from either campus?
Yes. Nominations are open to all current undergraduate and graduate students. Eligible students can be full-time or part-time. Students from both campuses can be nominated. Students in any year of study can be nominated.
Who can nominate a student?
Any Lakehead student, staff or faculty member can nominate a current student.
Is there a deadline to nominate someone?
March 11th, 2020 at 4:30pm
How do I nominate someone for the Lakehead Leader or Lakehead Luminary awards?
Nominator must complete and submit an online “Nomination Form” which is found at:
Who will review the nominations and select recipients?
A review committee will consist of students, staff, faculty, and LUSU representatives.
When and where will the Lakehead Leaders/Luminaries be recognized?
The Lakehead Leader Recognition Award Ceremony will take place in Thunder Bay on Friday, April 3rd at 12:00 pm in the Faculty Lounge and in Orillia at the same time in the Learning Commons.
Who can I contact should I have further questions?
Please contact the Student Success Centre.