Class Notes

Norm Gale appointed city manager of Thunder Bay

Norm Gale, (HBA '08, MA '11) former chief of Superior North EMS took over the city's top administrative spot in an acting role in October following the retirement of Tim Commisso. On January 12, city council voted unanimously to make that decision permanent."I'm extraordinarily pleased and... more

Lakehead Orillia author inspired by life

As published in the Barrie Examiner, January 6, 2016 Life is good.Jessica Dawson (BASED '17) would likely say that regardless of what happens — good or bad — because she’s a very optimistic person. Nevertheless, it has been a good year.She became engaged to her childhood sweetheart,... more

Past Alumni Association president becomes OPP union boss

Rob Jamieson, (HBOR '94, BA '94) was elected as the new president of the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) in December 2015.  Rob joined the OPP in 1995, after graduation and soon became a detective sergeant based in Barrie, Ontario. Jamieson chose to do policing... more

Goldie Award Winner 2015 - Joan Crowe

Joan Crowe (HBSc. '70) has been awarded the 2015 John Goldie Award by the Field Botanists of Ontario to recognize her significant contribution to field botany in Ontario.Joan volunteered in the Claude Garton Herbarium. The Herbarium was built on the collections made by Claude Garton... more

Allison McDonald publishes new children's literacy book

Bachelor of Education grad, Allison McDonald (B.Ed '03) recently had her book published by Scholastic Books Inc., entitled "Raising A Rock-Star Reader : 75 Quick Tips For Helping Your Child Develop A Lifelong Love of Reading."  The book is written for parents,... more

Wrestling Program Welcomes BeauParlant as Assistant

Lakehead's wrestling program welcomes back one of their own, and one of their best ever, as an assistant coach this season. Head coach Francis Clayton announced today that Justin BeauParlant will serve as an assistant with the program this season."I am fired up to have Justin BeauParlant as a part... more

Outstanding Work in Advancing the Cause of Arboriculture

Richard W. Harper (HBEM '00) of Amherst, Massachusetts, is the 2015 recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Award of Achievement. This Award of Distinction recognizes ISA members for outstanding work in advancing the cause of arboriculture.Harper works in the... more

Best in the World!

Eilea Given and Kaitlyn Simpson are the best in the world. They're grand champions in competitive jump rope.  In July 2015 the duo placed first in the World Jump Rope grand championship in Paris, France, for their freestyle doubles routine — a choreographed routine full of gymnastic... more

Former Basketball Star inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former Lakehead University basketball star, Jim Zoet, who was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame on July 21, 2015! Known as the “Big Man,” he played for the then Lakehead Norwesters for two seasons (1976-77 and 1977-78) where he... more

Coleman Hell singled out by streaming service, Spotify

Pop artist and Thunder Bay native, Coleman Hell (BA '11) is among the Canadian artists singled out by Spotify on a list of artists "poised to hit it big."  The "Spotlight" list, which a spokesman for the streaming service said was derived from demographic breakdowns of its data... more


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