Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Class Notes

Class Notes 2000s

  • Lori Bradford (MES '09) and Graham Strickert (HBOR/BA'04) returned to Canada in December 2009 after four years living in New Zealand and working on their PhDs at Lincoln University. They led an active life there (surfing, skiing, kiteboarding, hiking, and climbing) and welcomed their son Tasman Nicholas Tadhg Strickert into the world in April 2009. Both Lori and Graham were recipients of Lincoln University Doctoral Scholarships and Lori was the recipient of a Vernon-Willey Trust agricultural research stipend, and a Faculty of Environment, Society, and Design writing scholarship. She says, "After Lakehead, I had the opportunity to work with Parks Canada as an ecosystem scientist, and the New Zealand counterpart, The Department of Conservation, as a GIS data technician, and human dimensions social scientist. Graham did some work with IT support for a year, which contributed to his interest in pursuing new applied computing methodologies during his PhD. We've been incredibly lucky to have the opportunities we've had after our time at Lakehead. I built on my teaching experience by continuing to lecture and examine in six different undergraduate courses (specifically, in the tourism, and parks related fields). While in New Zealand, we also both volunteered at the World Heritage Convention meeting in Christchurch and got to experience the proud moment when the Rideau Canal was listed as a World Heritage Site. We've travelled much of New Zealand, and some of the Pacific Islands. We also went to several conferences in Australia." Both Lori and Graham were hired by Lakehead to work as contract lecturers this term. Graham is teaching Expedition Management and Lori is teaching Outdoor Centre Management and Rural Community Tourism Development.
  • Dave Mossman (BA '09, BEd '09) has been involved in event planning and management for almost a decade. He has worked with individuals, not-for-profits, and corporations to execute hundreds of events, including the 2011 Special Olympics Ontario Winter Games. He’s now taking his expertise to the national level through his company MossmanEvents. Dave has also written a book called The Exchange that delves into the traumatic experiences he suffered on a high school exchange trip to Belgium. Beginning in October, readers can purchase The Exchange at: www.davemossman.com
  • Andrew Bryce (BEd '08) is teaching English at Appleby College, a private school in Oakville, ON.
  • Emily Hayman (HBFA '08) Last August in Sault Ste. Marie, Emily Hayman (HBFA08) showcased her paintings and printmaking in the ninth annual Art in The Park exhibition at Roberta Bondar Pavilion.
  • Christina Trinidad (HBMus '08) Congratulations to Christina Trinidad (HBMus08) who has received the prestigious SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at The University of Western Ontario.
  • Stephen Trochimchuk (HBA '08) is spending a year abroad in Cannes, France, working as an English Language Assistant. He teaches English as a second language to young high school students at Collège les Muriers and Lycée Bristol. Having completed a Master’s degree in philosophy at Queen's University, Stephen is studying French to enhance his future doctoral research.
  • Jen Ziegler (HBK '08) is head riding instructor at Pride Stables in Kitchener, ON, an organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with disabilities. Jen started volunteering at Pride Stables when she was 13. She joined the program full-time after graduating with a Kinesiology degree from Lakehead.
  • Matthew deJong (HBSc '08) has begun a new position with the Town of Marmora as a building inspector and by-law officer assisting the chief building officer. In order to prepare for this position, Matthew completed a series of certification programs and courses to enhance his skills and give him the appropriate accreditation.
  • Megan Ott (HBComm '08) Dean Braun Medal recipient, wanted to avoid the mundane routine of an office career so she moved to London, England, and began her career with Paramount Pictures. Currently, she is working with an English indie-pop band, Amoriste. Since the band signed a private investment deal, the Lakehead alum has been responsible for handling its campaign and planning the release of an EP/ album as well as touring, event planning, marketing, and promotion. "The music industry is quite literally the hardest thing to get into," says Megan. "While you can spend one to two years in college studying arts management, or something similar, there is no clear route into the market."
  • Kelsey Johansen (BA '08, HBSc '08) (HBOR 2008, MES 2011) has been accepted to the PhD Tourism Program offered through the School of Business at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and has received a doctoral award valued at $25,000 per annum (for 36 months) plus a tuition waiver. She is also the co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming textbook, The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism. In addition, she has written a chapter for another textbook, SCUBA Diving Tourism.
  • John Caleb MacDonald (BEd '07) a Peterborough native, learned about teaching in the far north while studying at Lakehead University. Caleb moved to Hull Beach, Nunavut, where he met his fiancée, Larissa Geraghty, while taking their respective students to floor hockey games. Caleb and Larissa had to ride their snowmobiles hundreds of miles across the tundra to see each other. When a teaching position became available at Larissa's school in Igoolik, a small island just south of the northern tip of Baffin Island, Caleb moved there to be with the love of his life.
  • Devon Stillwell (HBA '07, MA '08) After graduating from Lakehead, she went to McMaster University where she received a PhD in the History of Medicine and a diploma in Gender Studies and Feminist Research. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of the History of Medicine. Currently, Devon is working on a book about the history of genetic counseling, risk, and 20th-century American biopolitics.
  • Jasmin Paschek (HBSW '06) travelled to Kandy, Sri Lanka, on a one-year contract to work with the Womens Development Centre which operates womens shelters in the country. Her focus was to provide vocational training for these disadvantaged women as well as people with disabilities. While there, she helped establish a sales outlet for handicrafts designed by the women. Before her degree at Lakehead, Jasmine travelled throughout Malaysia, Borneo, Bali, and Thailand. She also spent time working with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Cambodian villages.
  • Gregory Lowan-Trudeau (BEd '06, MEd '08) was honoured by the Canadian Education Association with a 2014 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education for his work developing a critical understanding among current and future teachers of the link between Aboriginal ways of knowing, the historical basis for land claims and rights, and how this relates to contemporary resource development issues and associated activism. Gregory is an assistant professor with the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. In addition to his Lakehead degrees, Gregory has a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a PhD from the University of Calgary.
  • Amy Shute (BSc '05) has been appointed Project Geologist Northeastern Ontario at Delta Uranium Inc., an exploration company engaged in uranium exploration in the Kenora and Timmins areas. A recipient of several awards and grants, Amy has recently completed her summer work terms as a project geologist in Northern Ontario. She is currently completing her Master of Science in Geology.
  • Lindsay Dwinnell (née Riggin) (BAdmin '05) was married on January 7, 2013 and is employed as a financial analyst with Bruce Power in Tiverton, Ontario. Lindsay was published in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2012 Power Reactor Information System Manual.
  • Leon Plett (BEng '05) travelled to Guatemala this winter with Engineering Ministries International Canada (eMi) to help design an orphanage for the community of Tactic. Leon provided structural analysis of pre-existing buildings as well as designs for the future orphanage. This was Leon's fourth trip with eMi.
  • Julie Cosgrove (HBFA '04) In 2008, Julie Cosgrove (HBFA'04) received a Visual Arts award from the K.M. Hunter Foundation valued at $8,000. The award, one of six given in the fields of film and multimedia, dance, literature, music, theatre, and visual arts, is presented to an individual emerging artist who has completed his/her training, begun to produce a body of work, and is starting to make a significant mark in the field. Julie has been working as a professional artist for the past five years and has exhibited her paintings locally and nationally.
  • Elliott Doxtater-Wynn (HBFA '04) a Visual artist working as a technician/operator and sports broadcaster with CBC Radio's The Great Northwest, was chosen by the Vancouver Olympic Games to decorate a number of the venues for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics winter games. In addition, his sculpture was chosen by Olympic Sponsor Coca-Cola to represent Ontario, and will be auctioned on eBay with proceeds going to youth sports and recreation programs across Canada.
  • Mandy Deskur Murray (BA '04) a graduate from Visual Arts, is the proud owner of Macadi Jewellery in Elora, Ontario, which features jewellery from independent designers across Canada, including her own designs. Murray became interested in designing jewellery in second year at Lakehead when she met a goldsmith and later went on to study gemology. "I have always indulged in art,” she says. "Having my designs admired by others and seeing my creations being worn by others is what motivates me." As well as showcasing her jewellery and her paintings, Macadi Jewellery features paintings and mixed media art made by local artists.
  • Daniel Johnson (HBES '04) has worked as an environmental biologist with the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development since 2005, with a brief stint with UMA Engineering Ltd., now AECOM. He is studying part-time at Ryerson University where he is taking a master’s degree in environmental science.
  • Justin Hatt (HBSc/BEd '04) is teaching mathematics at a secondary school in Surrey, England. He volunteered for the annual Canada Day in London festivities held at Trafalgar Square on July 1, 2010, which featured performances by Hawksley Workman and Jully Black. A member of the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in Central London, he is working on issues affecting homeless people in Central London. He is also a member of Network Canada, a social networking group that brings together Canadian expatriates living in the U.K.
  • Brad Buset (HBComm '04) is an account supervisor at Espresso, a multinational corporation. Brad frequently exceeds client expectations by combining traditional marketing tools with innovative methods. Brad is also an avid amateur chef with no limitations.
  • Patrick Brunelle (BA/BEd '03) has started a travel business in Costa Rica called Exclusive X-cursions Travel. Learn more online: www.travelext.com
  • Judy Vogrig (BA '02) retired June 30, 2008, after a 40-year career at Lakehead University. She began in the Department of Geology and worked with many Deans in many departments. Her last position on campus was Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Allison Kelley (HBA '02, MEd '05) In January 2008, Allison Kelley (HBA'02, MEd'05) was appointed Member Services Officer at The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) in Ottawa. Allison is a fluently bilingual library and research professional with more than 12 years of professional experience providing library services in both academic and public settings. Prior to joining CRKN, she has held positions as Reference Librarian with the University of Ottawa, and as Bibliothque de rfrence virtuelle (BRV) Librarian with Ottawa Public Libraries.
  • Allison Kelley (HBA '02, MEd '05) has received the New Academic Librarian of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries, a division of the Canadian Library Association. As the members services officer for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Kelley is instrumental in the delivery of innovative services on a national scale. CRKN's mission is to expand digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, and administrators at 73 member universities. Among her accomplishments, Kelly led the development of an innovative web-based license information module that has received accolades from collections managers across the country.
  • Shivonne Lewis-Young (HBA '02, BEd '03) is a kindergarten teacher living in Hamilton, Ont. She married Phillip Young (HBA’02, BEd’03) and recently gave birth to their first baby girl, Keelyn Elizabeth.
  • Todd Denault (BEd '02) published the trade paperback edition of The Greatest Game with McClelland and Stewart in October 2011. The book details the game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Central Red Army hockey team played on December 31, 1975 during Super Series ‘76. Denault also wrote Jacques Plante, the first full-scale biography of a legendary and award-winning NHL goalie who transformed the game.
  • Spencer Orr (HBOR '02) is making waves as the vice president of design and merchandising for Canada Goose Clothing – the company that makes the iconic parkas that can withstand frigid temperatures and harsh environments. Spencer began his career as a design and product manager with Sierra Designs before signing on as a product manager with Canada Goose in 2010.
  • Steven Baric (HBMusic '00) accepted the position of Music Director for Cobourg's St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and began his new position on June 1, 2008. Steven was organist at First Presbyterian Church in Thunder Bay as well as a composer, ballet accompanist, and guitarist in a wedding band. He is married to Tara and they now have a daughter, Mila.
  • Susie Tompkins-Gray (BEd '00) has been appointed a member of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) board of directors. Susie is an elementary school teacher with the Lac Seul Education Authority on Lac Seul First Nation near Sioux Lookout. A member of the Pays Plat First Nation, she settled with her husband and two children at Lac Seul First Nation. Hon. Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, says, Susie brings to the Board a lifelong commitment to helping Aboriginal children and families overcome poverty and other social challenges. Her past contributions toward strengthening First Nation families and communities will bring a fresh new perspective to the Board.
  • Dr. Jane Fraser (MEd '00) is proud of the work she has accomplished since retiring from a teaching career in Canada, USA, and Zambia. The title of her masters thesis is, The Lived Experiences of Senior Students Returning to (Lakehead) University. In 2001 she received an award from Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators for contributing 1,250 hours in the founding of Tecky Seniors Project, a non-profit charitable organization for technology and workshops. In 2006 she completed an Educational Doctorate from Northern Illinois University and was admitted to Phi Beta Delta, an Honor Society for International Scholars. Her research was conducted in Thunder Bay on Older Adult Urban and Rural Volunteerism, with 150 surveys for volunteer administrators and volunteers and 14 in-depth interviews. Jane received the EdD degree at age 70 while she was teaching Ontario Curriculum English in China. In 2008 she received an award from New Horizons for Seniors for editing Neebing Settler Descendants, a local history, and this year she is completing her autobiography, writing numerous proposals for funding, and tutoring at risk adolescents.
  • Frank Elsner (BA '00) The Greater Sudbury Police Services Board has appointed Frank Elsner (BA00) as Chief of Police. Frank has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from The University of Western Ontario and more than 27 years of policing experience, starting his career with the RCMP in 1982, moving to the Ontario Provincial Police in 1985, and then joining the Thunder Bay Police Service where he has worked in every area of the organization.
  • Dr. Jane Fraser (MEd '00) is proud of the work she has accomplished since retiring from a teaching career in Canada, USA, and Zambia. The title of her masters thesis is, The Lived Experiences of Senior Students Returning to (Lakehead) University. In 2001 she received an award from Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators for contributing 1,250 hours in the founding of Tecky Seniors Project, a non-profit charitable organization for technology and workshops. In 2006 she completed an Educational Doctorate from Northern Illinois University and was admitted to Phi Beta Delta, an Honor Society for International Scholars. Her research was conducted in Thunder Bay on Older Adult Urban and Rural Volunteerism, with 150 surveys for volunteer administrators and volunteers and 14 in-depth interviews. Jane received the EdD degree at age 70 while she was teaching Ontario Curriculum English in China. In 2008 she received an award from New Horizons for Seniors for editing Neebing Settler Descendants, a local history, and this year she is completing her autobiography, writing numerous proposals for funding, and tutoring at risk adolescents.
  • Dr. Adam Moir (HBSc '00, BEd '03) (MD'09) received a 2012 Patients' Choice Award. The awards are sponsored by the Patients' Association of Canada, along with the Ontario Medical Association and the Northwest Health Integration Network, to recognize local physicians who not only value the patient voice but who consistently practise patientcentred care. Dr. Moir is a family physician in Dryden, Ontario.
  • Genevieve Knauff (HBScF '00, BEd '03) was one of six women to win an Influential Women of Northern Ontario Award in May 2012. Genevieve is the owner of gck Consulting Ltd. and has over a decade of professional experience offering business, facilitation, and economic development consulting services.
  • Larry Hope (BA/BEd '90, MEd '01) has been appointed director of education for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board effective January 20, 2010. Hope was a principal at elementary and secondary schools for five years before becoming superintendent with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board in 2005 and later Director of Education.

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