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September 06, 2019
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Yoga and Meditation Workshop - Friday, Sept. 6

Join Student Health and Wellness for a free Yoga and Meditation Workshop.

This two-hour workshop will take place on Friday, September 6, from 7 - 9 pm in the SHW Activity room in Prettie Residence.

This workshop is open to everyone. Please bring a blanket and wear comfortable clothing.

Maadaadizi 2019 - Saturday, Sept. 7

Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services, Lakehead University, in conjunction with Confederation College, Eabametoong First Nation, Matawa Post-Secondary Education, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Oshki-Pimache-O-Win; the Wenjack Education Institute, and 7 Generations Education Institute have again planned and organized Maadaadizi 2019 which means 'starts a journey' in the Ojibwe language.

It’s our joint post-secondary Aboriginal Student Orientation being held at Marina Park on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We have set aside this special day to welcome post-secondary Aboriginal students and their families to their respective institutions and to the City of Thunder Bay.

Jordin Tootoo is our Keynote Speaker and the day will include a musical performance by Nick Sherman. Information booths by various organizations will be set-up, children’s activities, prizes and refreshments will be available.

This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. We hope to see you there, rain or shine!

For more information, contact ACSS at or call 807-343-8085.

Living Well With Dementia conference will inspire hope

September 5, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Are you experiencing memory loss? Have you received a diagnosis of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease? If so, then you and your care partner should register for the two-day Living Well With Dementia: Creating Dialogues of Hope conference.

The conference will start on Sunday, Sept. 22 with a special Dementia Café: A Place to Belong, at the Urban Abbey from 2 to 4 pm, followed by a barbecue at the Best Western Plus Nor'Wester Hotel.

Then on Monday, Sept. 23, the conference will be at the Nor'Wester Hotel starting at 9:30 am when keynote speaker Roger Marple from Alberta will discuss his experiences of finding hope and living well with dementia.

There will be a variety of sessions throughout the two days, including challenging the stigma of dementia, physical activity and cognitive health, sharing stories about hope, and planning ahead. The North West Dementia Working Group, in collaboration with Lakehead University's Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH), is delighted to be hosting this conference.

Susan Bithrey, a member of the North West Dementia Working Group said this conference will be beneficial for people who have experienced dementia.

"I am honoured to be involved with the North West Dementia Working Group, and especially to be able to contribute to the upcoming conference," Bithrey said.

"As a former care partner to my late husband Reg during his ten-year journey with dementia, I gained insight into how challenging it is to live well with this disease, and to care for someone as they go about their daily lives. I hope to be able to share some of my and Reg's lived experience, and in doing so, perhaps be able to help others in their journeys."

"This conference will bring together people with dementia and their care partners across the region to connect and share their experiences of challenging the stigma associated with dementia and living with hope amidst dementia," said Dr. Nisha Sutherland, a Research Associate with CERAH and co-facilitator of the North West Dementia Working Group.

For those living in Northwestern Ontario outside of Thunder Bay, travel and accommodation subsidies are available. A $25 registration fee includes all workshop materials and refreshments over the two days.

For further information, please visit, or contact Ruth Wilford at (807) 766-7298.

New University Policies and Procedures Website

Lakehead University is pleased to announce that the University Policies and Procedures section of the website has been updated in response to the Policy Governance Framework, and in order to facilitate easier navigation and promote transparency. Enhanced features of the new sections include:

  • Search engine that allows searches based on keywords, University affiliation, and policy category
  •  AODA compliant policy format
  •  List of Senate and Board approved policies currently under review with the opportunity for the University community to provide feedback

If your department, faculty or school web page, or other documents have links to specific policies or the previous policy section of the website please update the broken links as soon as possible by August 24. After that date, please submit a ticket to Web Development to have any links updated:

Click here to view the new policies and procedures section of the website.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the polices to the University Secretariat office at or 807-346-7929.

REMINDER: Launch of Consultation Phase for the Provost Search

Dear Members of the University Community,

Lakehead University has begun the process to appoint our next Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and has selected Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS) as our partner in this search.

Members of the Lakehead University community are invited to participate in the consultation phase, a key stage of the initial process that helps inform our search priorities.

Your input into the search for our next Provost and Vice-President (Academic) can be shared with Katherine Frank, KBRS’s lead consultant for this search, who will work with the Lakehead University Search Committee to be convened in the month ahead.

Please provide your input by September 13, 2019, in one of three ways:

All information will be held by KBRS in strictest confidence and will only be shown to Search Committee members in aggregated form in order to ensure anonymity of all submissions.

I encourage you to share your ideas, hopes, and perspectives so that we are well informed in this important decision.

Thank-you for your time and input.


Dr. Moira McPherson
President and Vice-Chancellor
Lakehead University

Wellness Strategy Consultation: We need your input!

Lakehead University is committed to supporting the holistic health and well-being of our Lakehead community, recognizing that investing in the enhancement of health and wellness interventions will better position us for success in both the classroom and the workplace.

To this end, Lakehead is developing a comprehensive multi-year Wellness Strategy in consultation with students, faculty, staff and administrators.  

The Wellness Advisory Committee is reaching out across the University community to gather important insight from our students, faculty and staff. We are hosting the following upcoming consultation sessions:

Consultation Sessions For Faculty:

Friday, September 6 
3:00 p.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Tuesday, September 17
2:00 p.m. AT 3004 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Monday, September 23
9:00 a.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Please let us know which session you plan to attend. Reply here

Consultation Sessions For Students:

Monday, September 9
10:30 a.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3041 (Orillia)

Wednesday, September 11
1:30 p.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Thursday, September 19
3:00 p.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Please let us know which session you plan to attend. Reply here

If you have any questions about the consultation process, or would like us to host a focus group please contact Andrea Tarsitano, Vice-Provost (Students) & Registrar, or Adam Shaen, Associate Vice-President Human Resources, at

Lakehead is Launching a Revamped Website

As of Monday, the Lakehead University site will have a brand new look, feel and enhanced navigation.  

The  site will have an updated design that aligns with our brand, and navigation, content and usability improvements have been made to enhance the user experience.

To keep our site as professional as it should be, we encourage site administrators to ensure their content is up-to-date, old information is removed, and broken links are fixed.

For any technical queries, please contact Spencer Ranta, Manager, Web Development, at 

The site will continue to evolve, and we welcome your suggestions and input to make it better. Please send your comments to Clayton Browne, Communications, Marketing and Web Development Director, at

Introducing Campus Connection and changes to the Communications Bulletin

Starting Monday, Sept. 9, there will be a new source for Lakehead University news, stories, and events.

In addition to Lakehead’s revamped website announced last week, the teams in our Office of Media Relations and the Office of Communications, Marketing and Web Development, are very pleased to launch a new web page called Campus Connection – your single, comprehensive location for Lakehead University news, stories and events.

The Campus Connection web page features an improved events calendar, better search functionality, and a dropdown menu that allows users to select campus-specific content. The new design puts a greater emphasis on storytelling, photos, videos, and user-generated content. Further enhancements are also being developed and will be rolled out in the months ahead.

Beginning this September, members of our University community will receive a new Campus Connection email. Its purpose is to regularly highlight and connect you to some of the news, stories and events featured on the Campus Connection web page.

The new Campus Connection email will replace the current Communications Bulletin as our source for Lakehead news, stories, and events, and will include campus-specific content. Our Lakehead Thunder Bay community will receive its Campus Connection email every Monday morning. Lakehead Orillia community members will receive their Campus Connection email every other Tuesday.

Submit your Lakehead news stories and event information for the new Campus Connection by clicking here for news or here for events. Don't know which category your item falls into? If there is a date associated with it, please submit as an event.

We hope you’ll regularly visit the Campus Connection web page to see the latest news, stories and events.

The Communications Bulletin will still exist, however it will be repurposed - only to be used for administrative and operational notices, including campus closures, IT updates, and security notices. Communications Bulletins will be distributed as required. 

The teams in our Office of Media Relations and the Office of Communications, Marketing and Web Development wish to thank you, our University community, for all the feedback you have shared in recent years. The new Campus Connection web page and email, as well as the repurposed Communications Bulletin, is a result of your input and will continue to evolve in order to ensure that they are meeting the needs of Lakehead’s students, faculty, and staff.

We still welcome your suggestions and input to make it better. Please send your comments to

Group Fitness Free Week - Sept. 9 to 13!

Campus Rec Group Fitness classes are starting on September 9. Our first week of classes are FREE for all students! Come out and try one of our many classes. We are offering a variety of classes including Zumba, HIIT and Hatha Yoga. Check out for the full schedule. Contact with any questions.

Parking reminder

This is a friendly reminder that parking enforcement hours recently changed for Lakehead Thunder Bay. Security is now making sure vehicles parked on campus have a parking pass or have paid for a parking meter until 9 pm, from Monday to Friday.

Parking on the weekend and on holidays is not enforced.

Mindfulness Meditation on Campus

This fall, once again, Student Health and Wellness is offering Mindfulness Meditation on campus. This is open to all students, faculty and staff, beginning September 10. Times and places are as follows:

  • Tuesdays: 11:45-12:15 - Student Health & Wellness
  • Wednesdays: 3-3:30 - Ll5002
  • Fridays: 1-1:30 - Student Health and Wellness

Take time for yourself. Take time for your health. Come out and breathe! No experience required.


Md. Shahriar Kabir's MSc. Thesis Defense - Tuesday, Sept. 10

Md. Shahriar Kabir will present his Computer Science MSc. Program Thesis: A data warehouse-oriented methodology of Semi-structured webpage content, Social Networking Sites’ user status extraction and modeling into database for qualitative information search results.

Tuesday, Sept. 10
1 PM
ATAC 4004

Committee Members:

Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi (supervisor, committee chair), Dr. Sabah Mohammed, Dr. Shan Du, Dr. Abdulsalam Yassine (Software Engineering),

Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Rachael Wang at for more information.

PhD Clinical Psychology Dissertation Defense - Thursday, Sept. 12

You are invited to attend the dissertation defense for Nicole Marshall.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 12
Time: 11 am - 1 pm
Location: ATAC-3004

Title: A Longitudinal Evaluation of an On-Reserve Methadone Maintenance Therapy Program

  • Supervisory committee: Dr. Christopher Mushquash (supervisor) & Dr. Dwight Mazmanian
  • Internal examiner: Dr. Amanda Maranzan
  • External examiner: Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings, University of Saskatchewan
  • GSC representative: Dr. Mike Wesner

Volunteers Needed for Fall Harvest 2019 - Saturday, Sept. 14

Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services is looking for student volunteers for the annual Fall Harvest. Students have the opportunity to learn from Elders while volunteering.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 14
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Location: Lakehead University Sweat Lodge Site

Please contact ACSS at 807-343-8085 or for more information.