New Aboriginal Alumni Chapter Established

(Thunder Bay, Ontario August 20, 2009) A new social network will be launched on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, when the Alumni Association of Lakehead University and the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives announce the establishment of the Aboriginal Alumni Chapter of Lakehead University. This announcement will take place during a special gathering in the Lakehead University Faculty Lounge from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Aboriginal Alumni Chapter of Lakehead University is designed to connect Lakehead University graduates with each other, and with Lakehead University.

According to Richard Longtin, Manager of Alumni Relations, "The Aboriginal Alumni Chapter is a great opportunity for Aboriginal graduates to keep in touch with Lakehead University. The Chapter will be organizing social events, programming, and other opportunities for graduates to stay connected and help in the recruitment of new students.

"Eventually," says Longtin, "an outreach program will be developed to link Aboriginal alumni with others who are interested in pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities and/or specific careers. By mentoring others, Lakehead's Aboriginal alumni will have an opportunity to give back to their communities."

Lakehead University's Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) Beverly Sabourin says she is excited and pleased that this new initiative is being launched, adding that, "Aboriginal graduates are Lakehead's greatest resource. They are allies, mentors, and ambassadors who can encourage and promote higher education."

Media: To interview Richard Longtin or Beverly Sabourin, please contact Jasmine Durham at 807-343-8177 or communications@lakeheadu.ca.

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About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Last updated August 20, 2009

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