Exceptional Stories

The Reluctant Poet

Debbie Okun Hill has won numerous poetry awards but the most significant are two recent Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve grants that have freed up her time to create new work

Debbie Okun Hill (BA' 95) had an upbringing that would be unfathomable to youngsters who spend their time glued to smartphones and tablets.

“For the first five years of my life, I lived on the prairies in a three-room house with no running water or working toilet,” says Debbie. “That...

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Alumni Presidents Honoured

The hard work and dedication of Alumni Association of Lakehead University (AALU) presidents was recognized on January 13th at the AALU annual general meeting.

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Alumni and Faculty Receive Publication Awards

21 January 2015 - Thunder Bay & Orillia

The Department of History is pleased to announce that our alumni and faculty have received three of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s Publications Awards at the annual President’s Reception...

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Retired Teachers Rally around Lakehead’s Law School

The shouts of enthusiastic students on crisp autumn days cheering for their beloved football team are as fresh in the minds of the PACI Retired Teachers group as if it were yesterday.

Since 1999 they’ve been meeting monthly, often over lunch, to reminisce about fulfilling teaching careers...

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Lana Ray Bridges Cultural Perspectives


“Within the aesthetic of beading, you don’t want similar colours next to each other because they become indistinguishable – I equate this with values like the need for balance and perspective in...
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Alumni Honour Award - Mae Katt

Mae Katt has devoted her life to improving First Nations health, most recently working with high school students who come from northern reserves to study in Thunder Bay.

Over a distinguished health care career spanning four decades, Mae, a member of the Temagami First Nation, has been...

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Outstanding Young Alumni Award - Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Dr. Christopher Mushquash is a dedicated psychologist and researcher respected for his integrity.

As well as being nationally recognized for his expertise in First Nations mental health and substance use, Christopher is an assistant professor with Lakehead University’s Psychology...

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Outstanding Young Alumni Award - Ashleigh Quarrell

One has to wonder what our community would be like if everyone had Ashleigh Quarrell’s spirit and dedication.

This Honours Bachelor of Commerce grad received the 2013 Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for her volunteer work with organizations including Special Olympics Thunder Bay...

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Alumni Honour Award - Scott Kress

Scott Kress has gone to wild and remote places few people have experienced, all because of the opportunities Lakehead University opened up.

Scott is one of a handful of Canadians to have climbed the “Seven Summits,” the highest peak on each of the seven continents – including Mount...

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Alumni Honour Award - Gary Polonsky

Dr. Gary Polonsky changed Canada’s postsecondary landscape because of his conviction that “knowledge is the undeniable passport to an individual’s and community’s success.”

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, he learned patience and persistence from his parents. “As with most immigrant...

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