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May 2015
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Message from the Alumni and Community Relations office
Spring is here and everyone on our Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses is gearing up to celebrate Convocation 2015!
We would like to welcome our newest alumni into the fold and we hope that you will continue to stay connected with the Lakehead family.

In this issue, we are profiling Education alum Gregory Lowan-Trudeau who is winning accolades for his innovative work in the fields of outdoor education and social activism.
We are also pleased to announce the Picherack family's generous gift to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and the new John R. Craig Memorial CESME Award for Lakehead graduate students.

Keep up to date with 50th Anniversary events by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you have any questions about Alumni and Community Relations, wish to become involved, or have comments regarding programming, please contact Diane Robnik at: or 807-343-8155, Toll Free 1-800-832-8076.


Homecoming Weekend  
October 2-4, 2015

You don't want to miss out!
Visit our 50th Anniversary website for our upcoming Events!
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We love to stay in touch with our Lakehead family!  Even more- we want to know what you're up to!  Please take some time to let us know where you are and what you're doing!  
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Alumni Profiles 

Gregory Lowan-Trudeau
Exploring Education, Activism, and the Outdoors

“My time at Lakehead was transformational,” says Gregory Lowan-Trudeau, the winner of the 2014 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research from the Canadian Education Association. “I immediately felt a strong cultural and geographical connection to Northwestern Ontario.
But for this rising star, his Lakehead sojourn is just one part of his quest to expand how we think about education.  
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Philanthropy Profiles 

The Picherack Family Supports Law School Renovations

Don’t let Frances Picherack’s tiny stature fool you.  She is a woman of great character and tenacious spirit. Frances also personifies the word LOYAL – a quality that defines as a commitment to a cause, ideal, custom, institution or product.
Her loyalty lies with her family, her community, and Lakehead University.

Frances is a Thunder Bay native, a Lakehead alumna, and a current member of Lakehead’s Board of Governors. She and her son Roman (McGill Law, 2008) have made a generous $30,000 gift from the Picherack Family Fund to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. 
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The John R. Craig Memorial CESME Award

Susan, Bob, Jamey, Ian, and Mary Craig grew up skiing with their dad near the shores of Lake Superior. Their father John – affectionately known as “Big Johnny” to his countless colleagues and friends – loved the outdoors.

John Craig was a teacher at Thunder Bay’s Hillcrest High School and the coach of the school’s downhill and cross-country ski teams.

Those family outings and ski trips to Banff influenced Susan Craig’s career path. Today, she’s a geoscientist and mining consultant based in the Yukon who spends time in some of Canada’s most rugged landscapes. 
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Coach's Corner 

Veteran coach brings pedigree of success back to Lakehead

Lakehead Athletics announced today that the wrestling program is moving forward with Francis Clayton as head coach.
"Our wrestling program is in capable hands with Francis Clayton at the helm," says Director of Athletics Tom Warden. "His track record of success stands above the rest, and we're glad to hire back one of the greats of CIS wrestling coaches."  Read More
 Orillia Campus 
Student wins prestigious Lakehead Orillia award

James Newlands of Ramara is about to graduate from Lakehead University’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce program and just received a huge boost to support his further education and career goals. 

Newlands, a graduate of Patrick Fogarty Secondary School, is the recipient of Lakehead University’s President’s Golf Tournament Business Award – a $6,900 award that is presented annually to a fourth year student from Simcoe County enrolled in Lakehead Orillia’s business program.  Read More

May is Leave a Legacy Month
A legacy gift represents a powerful and meaningful way for an individual to create a philanthropic legacy for their community and the organizations they care about.  It can also be a very practical addition to a financial or estate plan.

A gift in your Will to Lakehead University can enhance the  learning experience  for our students in a way that is exceptional and unconventional.

For more information please contact Lee-Anne Camlin at or by calling 346-7792.

Call for nominations:
Alumni Awards

We're looking for the exceptional and unconventional!  

The Lakehead University Alumni Association (LUAA) offers a number of annual awards to recognize the achievements of outstanding Alumni who serve Lakehead and their surroundings in exceptional ways. 

Nominations for our annual Alumni Honour and Outstanding Young Alumni Awards are being accepted until June 30th, 2015.  For more information and application guidelines visit:

Attention HBOR '91 Grads!
Cliff Britton, fellow Rec’r of the Class of 1991 would like to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of graduation in 2016.  Cliff would appreciate input from his classmates and requests that you complete this five question survey.  You can reach Cliff directly at 
Visit our 50th Anniversary website for our upcoming Events!
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