While attending the opening of the Orillia campus of Lakehead University in September 2006, I observed the same sort of energy, optimism, and enthusiasm that I experienced as a student in Thunder Bay. The new Orillia campus, I noticed, was a close-knit community with a strong connection between students, faculty, staff, and the community. It motivated me to re-engage with my alma mater – this time as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association.
Later that fall, after being elected to the Board of the Alumni Association, I had the pleasure of attending an alumni gathering at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, sponsored by a Lakehead alumnus and hosted by Lakehead President Fred Gilbert. In his presentation, the president spoke about the changing demographics of Northwestern Ontario and the strategic importance of the Orillia campus. It was a great opportunity to meet other alumni and discuss some of the social, economic, and political issues affecting the future of Lakehead University. Indeed, the event was professional and informative, and provided me with that same feeling of connectedness that I have always associated with Lakehead.
Today, as an alumni representative on the Lakehead University Orillia Campus Advisory Committee and as the president of the Simcoe County Alumni Chapter, I am proud to play a part in shaping Lakehead's destiny.
Your Alumni Association is a dedicated group of people whose primary goal is the advancement of Lakehead University through the engagement of former students, while providing leadership and services to its members. I encourage you to peruse the Alumni Association website for information regarding affinity partnerships, upcoming engagements, and campus developments, and I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events.