On May 17th a small reception co-hosted by the Department of History, the Lakehead University Alumni Association, and the Canadian Embassy was held in Helsinki to honour Dr. Keijo Virtanen, the former Rector of the University of Turku and expert historian on Finnish migration issues and history. He will be receiving an honorary doctorate at convocation in Thunder Bay on May 28. Michel S. Beaulieu and Jenna Kirker also presented Canada's Ambassador to Finland, Andree Cooligan, and AALU Finland Chapter President Carmen Pekkarinen with brand new alumni hockey jerseys!
The Finland Chapter was pleased to host its inaugural event in May 2014. One of the smaller Chapters in terms of numbers, they are proud to make up for it with their enthusiasm. The group gathers throughout the year and is in the process of establishing stronger connections with Lakehead University students taking part in the Study Abroad program. The Chapter acts as a resource for those adventurous students studying at, partner institution, the University of Oulu.