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Class Notes 1980s

  • Helene Savard (ForDip '79) is the Coordinator of the ecosystem management and the natural resource law management programs at Fleming College, Frost Campus. After graduation she worked for the MNR in Terrace Bay then moved to Kenora where she started Eldorado Forestry. From August 2006 to December 2007, Helene worked in Dubai at the Canadian University of Dubai School of Environment and Health. As Chair, she designed a state-of-the-art laboratory and the curriculum for three undergraduate degrees. She and her husband Guy live in Peterborough, ON.
  • Kevin D. Mahoney (BAdmin '79) is the President and CEO of BC Railway Company. Previously he held various other senior executive positions with BC Rail, HSBC Canada, Agra Engineering, Wajax Ltd., Saskatchewan Power Corp., and Manalta Coal Ltd. Mahoney is the Chairman of In Transit BC GP Ltd., and In Transit BC. Within his community, he is a Director for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.
  • Laura Kokocinski (BScN '79, MEd '95) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) effective September 1, 2010. She previously served as the senior director, planning, integration and community engagement (since January 2006) and was appointed interim chief executive officer in February 2010. Kokocinski has extensive leadership experience in the education and health care sectors including acute care, long-term care, and community care.
  • Lorraine Milton (BA '79) recently finished writing her second book, "Blessings in Disguise - The Spiritual Challenge of Living with Chronic Illness and Disabilities." Lorraine completed a Master of Arts in Theology (1995) at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and is a retired chaplain and spiritual director.
  • Brenda Chapman (BA '78) is a senior communications advisor with Justice Canada in Ottawa. She has had four young adult mysteries published by Napoleon and Company and her first adult murder mystery, In Winter's Grip, was released in September 2010.
  • Clive Llewellyn (MA '77) serves as a Director on the Board of Kristina Capital Corp. in Calgary, AB. Clive has been a partner with the law firm Fleming LLP since 1991.
  • Gary Polonsky (BSc '77) has been appointed chairperson of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Board of Trustees. From 1981 to 1984, Polonsky served as vice-president of Lakeland College, with two campuses located in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1984, he became president of Red River Community College in Winnipeg, opening campuses in Selkirk, Winkler, and Portage La Prairie in Manitoba. From 1988 to 2006, he served as president of Durham College in Oshawa. And in 2001, Gary Polonsky became the founding president of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, serving until his retirement in 2006. Gary Polonsky has served on numerous charities and civic organizations, including chair of the Committee of Presidents of Ontario's colleges, Governor of the Association of the Community Colleges of Canada, and co-chair of a $1-million campaign in aid of the Oshawa Community Health Centre, as well as honorary chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Walk. He obtained his Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto in 2003 and also holds a Master of Arts from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
  • Alan Duffy (BAdmin '77) Since graduating, Alan worked with General Motors as a supervisor from 1977-82 and with Durham College in Oshawa as a professor from 1982-85. For the last 25 years he has been president and owner of The PIC Group Ltd., a $45M engineering and inspection company with 1,800 employees in Canada and the U.S. He is married with three children between the ages of 11 and 25. His daughter Lauren ("a chip off the same block") graduated with a BAdmin from Lakehead's Orillia campus in 2008.
  • Dr. Stewart Kennedy (BScN '77) was appointed as the 130th president of the Ontario Medical Association on May 1, 2011. Stewart has been practicing family medicine in Thunder Bay for over 25 years. He has many initiatives planned for the coming year including developing partnerships with other associations to improve access to health care, working with government and other health providers, expanding electronic medical records, and enhancing the quality and effectiveness of patient care.
  • Steven E. Franklin (ForDip '76) an interdisciplinary environmental scientist and former Vice-President of Research at the University of Saskatchewan, was appointed President of Trent University effective July 1, 2009. He is Trent’s seventh President and Vice-Chancellor, succeeding Bonnie Patterson, President since 1998. Franklin did his graduate work at the University of Waterloo where he completed his Master of Arts degree in physical geography and a Doctor of Philosophy in remote sensing. He has also held academic appointments at the University of Waterloo, Memorial University, and the University of Calgary. Franklin and his wife Dawn have two daughters, Meghan and Heather.
  • Neela Paranjape (BA '76) has self-published Under the Devil's Umbrella, a novel set in India. The story delves into the struggles of a family with humble roots and offers readers a glimpse into India's kaleidoscopic traditions and history. Under the Devil's Umbrella is available for a cost of $15 (no PST). Please contact Neela at (807) 767-7984 to obtain a copy.
  • Dennis Battrum (HBSc '75) is a member of the Advisory Council of New Cantech Ventures in Vancouver, BC. He is Founder and President of marketfriendly, inc., a company that offers metals and scrap metal market research, metal market news services, and metals and scrap metals inventory validation and valuation. As well, Dennis is a director of Sprott Molybdenum Participation Corporation.
  • John K. Mason (HBSc '75) was named the project manager of mining services with the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) on June 13, 2011. John is the author of many geological reports and has extensive knowledge of the mining industry acquired through his 36 years with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. He will use this wealth of information to pursue the CEDC's strategy of realizing the full economic and job creation potential of Northwestern Ontario's burgeoning mining and exploration sector.
  • Jean Morrison (MA '74) has received the Ontario Historical Society's J.J. Talman Award for her book, Labour Pains: Thunder Bay's Working Class in Canada's Wheat Boom Era (2009). The book is published by the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society and is based on her 1974 master's thesis.
  • Ray Roussy (BEng '74) , a mechanical engineer from Surrey, B.C., received a $10,000 Innovation Award from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation at gala in Ottawa last September for developing one of the fastest drilling systems in the world. His sonic drilling technology, which he began developing in his own backyard nearly three decades ago, is in use on six continents. The technology is used to quickly install geothermal energy loops, and provide continuous core samples for environmental investigations and possible mineral deposits. Unlike a traditional drill rig, the sonic drill uses high-frequency mechanical vibrations to easily cut through earth formations and bedrock. Not only is the sonic drill at least three to five times faster, it can also bore through tough terrain that typically stops other rigs. As a result, it is often used as a “rescue rig” where traditional drill rigs have failed.
  • David Reid (BScF '74) is a well-respected golf teaching professional and the sole proprietor of Flying Diamond Golf Services. Flying Diamond offers professional golf instruction and assistance to the City of Thunder Bay through clinics, adult golf schools, and kids summer golf camps as well as private and semi-private group lessons. David was named a Top 100 World Golf Teaching Pro in 2006, 2010, and 2012 by the World Golf Teachers Federation.
  • Robert Manson (BA '74, BEd '93) (HBA 1995) works for AIDS Thunder Bay, a non-profit organization aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness in Northwestern Ontario. As the organization’s education communication coordinator, Bob is an advocate for community involvement and outreach at the local, regional, and international levels. Bob would like to extend a special invitation to attend the fourth Annual World AIDS Day Breakfast hosted by AIDS Thunder Bay at the Victoria Inn on December 1, 2011 from 7:30 to 8:45 am to all students and alumni who have connections, direct or indirect, to those affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Cyril Dabydeen (HBA '73) latest collection of poetry, God's Spider, has been published by Peepal Tree Press in the United Kingdom. Cyril's work has appeared in over 70 literary magazines and anthologies including The Critical Quarterly, The Warwick Review, Prairie Schooner, Canadian Literature, World Literature Today, and in the Heinemann, Oxford and Penguin Books of Caribbean Verse. A former Poet Laureate of Ottawa, Cyril edited Beyond Sangre Grande: Caribbean Writing Today (2011). Among his books are Imaginary Origins: New and Selected Poems and Drums of My Flesh (2007), which was nominated for the IMPAC/ Dublin Literary Prize. He has given more than 300 readings from his books across Canada (including Lakehead University), the USA, UK/Europe, and the Caribbean (Cuba, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, St. Lucia, Guyana). Cyril has taught writing at the University of Ottawa for many years.
  • Gregory Crook (BScF '73)
    Gregory Crook
    Gregory Crook
    passed away from cancer at the age of 65 on June 1, 2015, after a lifetime of chronic illnesses. Gregory had a varied career as a professional forester, working for the forest industry and the Canadian Forest Service. He was an editor and translator (French-English), a technical writer, and the author of forestry magazine articles. Gregory was also a lifelong practitioner of Kriya yoga. A memorial service and reception was held on June 28, 2015, in Havelock, Ontario. Donations in his memory to would be appreciated. Online condolences can be offered at:
  • Dennis Wayne Coughlin (BA '72) CLASS NOTE RETRACTION: In the Class News section of the Fall 1997, Vol. 14, No. 3 issue of the Nor’Wester Magazine (now known as Lakehead Alumni Magazine) a notice appeared indicating that William Dennis Coughlin had passed away and was a 1972 Lakehead University alumnus. Although William did pass away, it was William’s son, Dennis Wayne Coughlin, who received his BA from Lakehead in 1972. We apologize to Dennis for the confusion.
  • Joseph (Joe) Logozzo (BA '70)
    Joe Logozzo
    Joe Logozzo

    Joseph (Joe) Logozzo (BA'70), one of Lakehead's greatest champions and a caring community and business leader, passed away on December 7, 2012. Joe believed in doing all he could to make Thunder Bay a better place to live and his influence has been felt by countless individuals and organizations. Until his retirement in 2001, Joe was the president of an iconic Northwestern Ontario institution – Iron Range Bus Lines – a family business started by his father Sam in 1940.

    Joe was also a Lakehead economics grad and his affiliation with his alma mater turned into a lifelong one that has made the University stronger. His involvement as a donor and a volunteer ranged from serving on the Board of Governors and the Alumni Association Board of Directors to purchasing equipment for the School of Kinesiology and establishing many student scholarships. He was also a founding director of the Chair in Italian Studies initiative. Joe's achievements, inside and outside of Lakehead, were recognized in 1996 with an Alumni Honour Award.

    He and his wife Candace were also supporters of the ATAC ~ Future of the North Capital Campaign and other building initiatives. In 2005, their role in the University's evolution was celebrated when they were selected as two of Lakehead's 40 Northern Lights. Joe Logozzo's kindness and commitment to both the Lakehead community and the broader community will be missed.

  • Maurice (Moe) Siemieniuk (BA '69, GradBusDip '72)

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