Meet your Orientation Leaders

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Abbigail Gringhuis

Program: Concurrent education
Year of Study: Year 2
About me: I like to bake and listen to true crime podcasts. I have 3 full biological sisters and a little stepbrother (I am the very middle child in the 5 of us)

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Ashleigh Bell

Program: Interdisciplinary studies and concurrent education
Year of Study: Year 2
About me: I like to sleep, I like cats, and I’m a Marvel fan!

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Briana Starr

Program: HBAScBEd P/J (interdis)
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: I have my own small business that I started at the end of 2020 that I am working on growing. I used to figure skate and play basketball. I love hiking, DIYs and travel!

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Ema Brown

Program: Concurrent Education (History major)
Year of Study: Year 1
About me: Hello my name is Ema. I am going into my second year of the concurrent education program. In my spare time I enjoy reading and exploring nature.

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Emily Evans

Program: HBSW
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: I love volunteering, dogs and country music

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Emily Ranta

Program: Social Work
Year of Study: Year 3
About me:

  1. I have worked for Lakehead International at the Orillia and Thunder Bay campus!
  2. My great-grandmother lived to be 101 years old!
  3. I have visited both the East and West coasts of Canada! I went caving in BC and whale watching in Nova Scotia!

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Jessica Maher

Program: Lakehead-Georgian Applied Life Sciences and Biotechnology
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: Hi everyone! My name is Jessica, but you can call me Jess. To share a little bit about me – I love to be active and play all kinds of sports, especially racquet sports like badminton and tennis. I also really like animals, and love spending as much time as I can in the summer volunteering at an animal rescue. I also love to read, write, cook, and spend time with my family!

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Keelyn Tougas

Program: Bachelors of Science
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: Hi! My name is Keelyn, you can call me Key! I used to work as a Dental Hygienist but quit to pursue my passions! I love to play video games and hangout with my cats.

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Kubra Yurtgul

Program: Social Work
Year of Study: Year 1
About me: My name is Kubra , I am so proud of myself for being a student of Lakehead University. I work at a kindergarten, as a teacher assistant. As a hobby, I would like to do nature walks when I got nothing to do or drawing. Looking forward to making new friends.

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Navneet Kaur

Program: Business Administration
Year of Study: Year 2
About me: My name is Kubra , I am so proud of myself for being a student of Lakehead University. I work at a kindergarten, as a teacher assistant. As a hobby, I would like to do nature walks when I got nothing to do or drawing. Looking forward to making new friends.

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Paul Nunez

Program: Education
Year of Study: Graduate studies
About me: I run cross country and juggle, and a fun fact is turtles can breathe through their butts

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Sarah Simpson

Program: HBASc/BEd (Interdisciplinary Studies and Concurrent Education)
Year of Study: Year 5
About me: I will be entering into my 6th year at Lakehead Orillia in September 2021! While studying at Lakehead I have worked on campus as a Campus Tour Guide, a Resident Assistant and as a Recreation and Wellness Program Assistant. I love helping out and being involved on campus!
Fun Fact: I have a bichon poo dog named Molly (she's 11 years old but still acts like a puppy); I love coffee and donuts; I recently started kickboxing; and my favourite animal is a panda!

 

Selina Eshie

Program: HBASc (Criminology)
Year of Study: Year 2
About me: I like music, painting, reading, and learning about new cultures and places

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Sonal Khurana

Program: Interdisciplinary
Year of Study: Year 2
About me: Some of my hobbies include reading, hiking, Netflix, going out, and playing games

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Taylor Smith

Program: Social Work
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: Hiya! My name's Taylor! I love drinking tea, playing D&D, and taking care of my plants at home! I love listening to and talking about musicals so feel free to share your favourites if we meet (right now, mine's Falsettos!)

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Annang Ibrahim

Program: Mechanical Engineering
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: I like writing and listening to music. I'm pretty funny, love my sleep but my program doesn't allow me to enjoy this hobby so I will use this summer well. I love placing online orders even when broke, playing the piano, working on my violin skills.
Fun fact: I found out on twitter that pickles are cucumbers

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Ayooluwa Iyiola

Program: Civil Engineering
Year of Study: Graduate studies
About me: A famous person who inspires me most is Steve Jobs. I love playing video games. I support the Manchester United Football team and have done since I was 14. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate.

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Arshea Amer

Program: Biology with Neuroscience
Year of Study: Year 1
About me: Hi, my name is Arshea (Ar-she-a) and I just finished my first year in the Biology with a Concentration in Neuroscience program. I am super excited to be involved in planning next year's orientation :). Some of my hobbies include pilates, online shopping and blogging (my blog is called WhiteCoats&Vogue on instagram and google).

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Beverly Bannon

Program: Masters of Education
Year of Study: Graduate Studies
About me: I love music, comedy night, love bonfires, bar-b-ques, and hiking outdoors

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Brooklyn Ranta

Program: Psychology
Year of Study: Year 4
About me: I am going into my fourth year of Specialized Honours of Psychology, with a minor in Sociology! I am a specialist with the City of Thunder Bay, so I work to develop a lot of programming for children and youth all year round! I'm really passionate about medicine, so I volunteer at the local hospital and I work at the med school in town part time! When I'm not out with friends, I love to read! I'm currently the President of the Lakehead Literary Society, where we chat about a different book each month!

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Emily Turner

Program: Concurrent education, English and History
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: The easiest way to summarize me is to say I love all things academic and all things outdoors! So you will often find me reading in the local parks and down by the marina :) I love to fish, go on hikes, and I am constantly looking for new places to camp. I am also a huge foodie; I'm always eager to try new dishes but I am an absolute wimp when it comes to spice. I try really hard not to take life too seriously and always have fun!

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Jonah Anderson

Program: Concurrent Education and History
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: I play a lot of video games though my favourites are Legend of Zelda and Digimon, I am working on learning more about writing, and I have a very fuzzy cat!

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Meagan Hanemaayer

Program: Concurrent Education, Biology Major
Year of Study: Year 4
About me: My name is Meagan and I love learning! I always seek out opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge both inside and outside the classroom. During the summer, you can usually find me in the garden, tending to both my vegetable and flower gardens.

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Melissa Beaucage

Program: Psychology
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: I am a mature student completing my HBA in Specialized Psychology with the hopes of continuing on to graduate studies in Clinical Psychology. I am married and have two dogs that I love to take on adventures. In my spare time, I volunteer on the Board of Directors for Thunder Bay Counselling, play the alto saxophone, garden, and read. I love organizing, planning and I truly love to learn!

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Rahul S. Parameswaran

Program: MSc Mechanical Engineering Thesis
Year of Study: Graduate Studies
About me: I love gym, playing tabla and love to speak to people. PS. Stephen King fans are welcome. Not much into gaming but I would like to play with you.

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Sarah Lutes

Program: Applied Life Sciences
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: I love being outside and going camping. I am a Nordic skier. I love baking pies and muffins. Someday I want to travel to South America and to the Arctic.

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Sarah Tassone

Program: Concurrent Education (French major)
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: I speak 3 languages - English, French, and Italian! I love to constantly be learning, but when I'm not studying you can find me teaching dance or exploring Tbay with my friends.

 

Shanake Dissanayake

Program: MEd. Change
Year of Study: Graduate Studies
About me: Nature Lover, Science teacher, Caring friend, Hiking mountains and surf in the weekend. Looove Cats.

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Stephany Gomez Florez

Program: Chemical Engineering
Year of Study: Year 3
About me: Love ice cream and pandas, I like to go rollerblading, dancing. Love traveling.


Taylor O’Brien

Program: Honours Concurrent education majoring in French and English
Year of Study: Year 4
About me: I am a figure skater and also a figure skating coach. I love to read, listen to music, play sports, and bake. I am a big Harry Potter fan, and enjoy the outdoors and going on hikes.

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Zelio Zaumu

Program: Nursing
Year of Study: Year 1
About me: Fun fact I have 4 names, and of those four, 3 begin with a Z ( so a nickname is ZZZ like the one drawn on someone who is lol:). I enjoy organizing, learning from different cultures. Currently into korean dramas and trying to learn Korean. I speak French, English and some Spanish.