Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Great Grads

Peter Holt-Hindle 2009 Poulin Award Recipient

Frances Harding
Published October 28, 2009

Peter Holt-Hindle (HBSc’06, MSc’09) is an outstanding graduate who, like all the Poulin Award recipients, has made impressive contributions to Lakehead University. While maintaining an 80% average and publishing research papers with his thesis advisor in Chemistry, Professor Aicheng Chen, Peter was Vice-President of the Lakehead University union representing graduate assistants (CUPE Local 3905) and he served as a member of its bargaining committee.

As well, he was a member of the LUSU Board of Directors for one-and-a-half terms and a member of the Lakehead University Board of Governors from 2007 to 2009. There he served on a number of committees concerned with fiscal management of the University including the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Finance and Investment Committee.

Of all the many activities he has been engaged in during his six years on campus as an undergraduate and graduate student, he enjoyed being a Lakehead University Student Ambassador best of all. Why? Because it gave him the chance to encourage others “to get involved, to get social, and to enjoy university life to the fullest.” Something Peter Holt-Hindle has done – in spades!

The Poulin Award

Each year at Convocation the Robert Poulin Memorial Trophy is awarded to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to Lakehead University. It was created by the staff and students of Lakehead Technical Institute in memory of Bob Poulin, a twenty-year-old Forestry student who lost his life in an oil explosion on the Kaministiquia River on September 1952, just three months after graduating.

By all accounts, Poulin excelled at his studies. He played hockey and football. And he coached the South End Ranger Hockey Club. He had been working with his father since June aboard a dredge offshore from the Great Lakes Paper Mill. His father was nearby at the time of the accident.

The trophy itself stands 52 cm high and weighs 4.5 kg. The base and column are made of oak. There are three silver-plated cast figurines, and 57 small plates engraved with the names of every recipient since the award was first presented to Jack Adderley in 1952.

These days, recipients of the Poulin Award are chosen for demonstrating “outstanding citizenship” and are selected by their fellow students, the faculty, and administration as “contributing most to the welfare of the University through student activities.”

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