Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Alumni Matters

Re-Engaging with the Lakehead Family

Rob Jamieson (HBOR/BA 94)
Published October 22, 2010
Rob Jamieson (HBOR/BA'94)
Rob Jamieson (HBOR/BA'94)
Two years after graduating from Lakehead University, I joined the Ontario Provincial Police and was stationed in a small town southwest of London, Ontario. Having served as President of the Lakehead University Student Union from 1993 to 1994 and having been involved with the development of many new student initiatives including a close working relationship with the Lakehead University Native Student Association, I believe I brought many unique skills to my profession. In 2003, when I moved to Barrie to work at the Nottawasaga OPP detachment and a few years later learned that Lakehead was in the midst of developing a campus in nearby Orillia, I realized I had a golden opportunity to re-engage with my Lakehead University family.

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.

Students, faculty, and staff during the launch of the Simcoe County Alumni Chapter
President Brian Stevenson and his family joined students, faculty, and staff during the launch of the Simcoe County Alumni Chapter in Orillia last August
Since that time, the Alumni Association has continued to evolve. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Alumni Chapter was founded in May 2009 followed by the Aboriginal Alumni Chapter and the launch of the Alumni Association website. Then in August 2010, at the launch of the new Simcoe County Alumni Chapter, Lakehead graduates welcomed Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University's newly appointed president and vice-chancellor. This was followed by yet another celebration surrounding the opening of the permanent campus in September 2010 – festivities which would not have been complete without the participation of Lakehead University alumni living in many different parts of Ontario.

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.

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