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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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Outstanding Young Alumni Award - Eric McGoey

Although Eric McGoey says that in high school he was a “stereotypical bookish nerd,” he has since transformed himself into a civic-minded leader focused on nurturing strong communities.

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Eric was glad that he had the opportunity to attend Lakehead University...

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2014 Alumni Honour Award Winner - Ahmoo Angeconeb

Ahmoo Angeconeb launched his illustrious art career at the age of five, drawing on anything he could find, including his mother’s walls.  Today, Ahmoo’s works -- drawings, serigraphs, linocut prints, paintings, and etchings – have been featured in solo exhibitions throughout North America and...

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2014 Alumni Legacy Award Winner: Mark Tilbury

From the moment he set foot on the Thunder Bay campus as a fresh-faced student 24 years ago, Mark Tilbury has been helping Lakehead University students and alumni succeed.

“Mark is a passionate Lakehead supporter,” says Rob Jamieson, the current president of the Alumni Association of...

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Featured Alumni Profile - Devon Stillwell

Delving into the history of medicine has Devon Stillwell working alongside some of the “academic rock stars” of our times. Devon’s zest for research has brought her to New York, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, Michigan, and Philadelphia – places far from her family home in southern...

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