Class Notes

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

OUA Player of the Year Jylisa Williams signs pro contract in Germany

Jylisa Williams (BA '15) has signed a one-year contract with Evo New Basket Oberhausen in the German Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL).Williams, a 5'8" guard/forward, is coming off of a record-breaking season at Lakehead University in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). In 2014-2015, she broke... more

Orillia's Shannon Westlake to compete at 2015 Pan Am Games

It’s no surprise Lt. Shannon Westlake (B.Ed '13) is excited about competing in the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games.  She will compete in a field of 27 athletes in the women’s rifle three-position event (3-20). The top eight scores from qualifying advance to the final, to be held July 18.... more

Change of command ceremonies welcomes new leader

It was an unforgettable afternoon on Saturday, May 30th when members of The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment and their guests gathered at Thunder Bay's O'Kelly Armoury for a Change of Command ceremony.  Incoming Lt.-Col. David K. Ratz, CD, (MA History '95) was born in Fort William. He commenced... more

Larry Thompson wins national nursing award

Larry Thompson (COMM '97) was one of three nurses awarded the Award of Excellence in Nursing by Health Canada in May 2015. The award recognizes the "dedication, initiative and high standard of excellence" of registered nurses working in Inuit and First Nations communities.  ... more

Liana Frenette voted Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs

In 1994, Liana Frenette (B.Ed '88) and her husband were approached about purchasing a small materials testing lab with a three-person staff. Fast-forward to 2015, and Frenette’s company (TBT Engineering & Ozaanaman Engineering) now employs over 100 people full time and... more

David Magee recognized for physical therapy work

Dr. David Magee (BA '68) was awarded the Order of Canada for his work in physical therapy. David, a professor with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, has a BA in History and Political Science from Lakehead. He is a world-renowned physical therapist who has helped... more

Dolores Wawia appointed to Order of Ontario

Dolores Wawia (B.Ed '85) is a leader, pioneer in native education and storyteller who has expanded educational opportunities for Aboriginal people. In February 2015, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, appointed Dolores to the Order of Ontario.She spent 15... more


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