Lakehead’s Report to the Community celebrates important people, events

Lakehead’s Report to the Community celebrates important people, events

Lakehead Orillia's Report to the Community


Lakehead University’s Report to the Community luncheon recognized the influential people and events from the last year and celebrated the University’s 50th anniversary.

People from across Simcoe County gathered at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club on November 12 to celebrate the release of the University’s special commemorative 2014-15 Annual Report.

Tony Gulmen was among the group of community members, students, faculty and staff who were interviewed by Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson in a talk-show format during the luncheon. 

Tony’s wife Yuksel, who passed away in 2013, helped launch Lakehead’s Humanities 101 program in 2012 by serving on the community advisory board.

Other participants included Humanities 101 graduate Annie Nakashuk, who described how the program opens doors for people who face barriers to post-secondary education and how it changed her life. 

Recent graduates Laura East and Quentin Evans outlined how the Audacity Movement – which they started as an anti-bullying campaign – has continued to promote a culture of kindness at the Orillia campus.

Dr. Doug West, Interdisciplinary Studies professor, discussed the new Ontario Master Naturalist program, the Orillia community gardens, and other community partnerships.

And, Lakehead Associate Vice-President Frank Cappadocia and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia Executive Director James Maxwell talked about the mutual benefits of partnering with Lakehead, which resulted in a national award in 2014.

Dr. Stevenson shared highlights from the annual report, and shared his vision for the future of the Orillia campus. “As we approach our Orillia campus’s tenth anniversary, next year, I am increasingly focussed and encouraged by what the future holds, including an expanding partnership with Georgian College, increased and rewarding community outreach, and the drive to bring even more international students to our classrooms and this community,” he said.

The Annual Report also stated that Lakehead Orillia’s operating expenditures had an economic impact of $44 million on the City of Orillia and the surrounding area in 2014.

Also highlighted in the Report, Lakehead received $22 million in external research funding in 2014, and Re$earch Infosource ranked the University second in Ontario and third in Canada in the undergraduate category.

The Report to the Community luncheon was the start of Homecoming events celebrating the University’s 50th anniversary.

There will be a free, community roller skating party on Thursday (tonight) from 6 to 9 pm at the Roller Skating Place in ODAS Park, and a 50th Anniversary Dinner and Dance Party at Casino Rama on Friday evening (Nov. 13). All proceeds from ticket sales for the Dinner and Dance will go toward student financial aid.

For ticket inquiries, please contact Jacquie Kent at 705-330-4008 ext. 2080 or For more information, please visit

All of these celebrations will lead to Lakehead Orillia’s 10th anniversary happening next year.

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In 2015, Lakehead University celebrate s50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings place Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.