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October 25, 2019
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In Memoriam: Dr. Doug Thom

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Douglas Thom at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Oct. 2, 2019 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born on Oct 20, 1946, the first son of two high school teachers, he was instilled with a thirst for knowledge that sustained him until the end. Although his physical body became weak, his mind stayed strong.

In his younger years, he was a star athlete, excelling in track & field and playing university football. He later coached hockey at Selkirk High School where he had his first teaching position.

He graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.), University of Toronto in 1979. His PhD dissertation entitled “Hockey Participation as a Factor in the Secondary School Performance of Ontario Students,” won him an award and the role of consultant to the Federal Government’s “Canadian Hockey Review” study.

This led to a lifetime interest in the game and the creation of an annual hockey award in Thunder Bay, presented to the Elks PeeWee AA player who best combines hockey talent with educational performance. We are so happy that he was able to attend this year’s banquet to personally present to the winner. His son Wesley will continue the tradition moving forward.

Doug taught at the Faculty of Education - Lakehead University, Thunder Bay for most of his professional career, retiring as a full professor emeritus. Prior to his days at Lakehead University, he taught for two years at the University of Saskatchewan (1977-79) and four years at the University of Hong Kong (1980-84). Doug was a prolific writer of articles and books. He had an open door policy and great rapport with his students. He took much joy in helping others achieve their goals.

He was a long-standing member of the Port Arthur Rotary Club and attended meetings regularly with his loyal friend Joe Vanderwees until his health declined. His strong social conscience inspired him to form the Global Conscience Circle (GCC) in 2000. What began by placing a box outside his office door for students to donate used textbooks, led to a major shipment of educational materials and computers to Sierra Leone, Africa.

Doug is survived by Susan, his loving wife of 43 years, daughter Jade (Dean) Michieli, son Wesley (Jessica), grandchildren Vegas, Rome and Kane. He will also be lovingly remembered by his sister Barbara (Terry) Deutscher and brother Bruce (Patricia). He was predeceased by parents Edythe and Earle Thom, as well as nephew Alexander Thom.

Friends who helped him through the difficult times were Jim Scali and the late Joe Vanderwees. We are eternally grateful for their special relationship with Doug.

As per his wishes, Doug has been cremated and his remains will be interred in a cremation bench at Sunset Gardens in the spring of 2020. A celebration of life will follow.

In honour of Doug’s life, the flag at Lakehead Thunder Bay will be lowered to half-mast on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

For more on Doug's life, visit this page

Participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day - Wednesday, Nov. 6

Lakehead University has planned a fun and educational program of activities for Grade 9 students for Take Our Kids to Work Day for both Lakehead Thunder Bay and Lakehead Orillia, which includes job shadowing in the afternoon.

Pre-registration to the event is required by November 1, 2019. If you are a parent, guardian or family friend of a Grade 9 student who will be bringing a child to work, please register your child by completing the general liability waiver and emailing it to Please indicate if the student has any food allergies and their T-shirt size!

Lakehead University takes safety very seriously. Please note that due to safety concerns, students are not permitted to access laboratories, studios, mechanical/electrical areas, nor partake in hazardous activities or be exposed to hazards.

To download the waiver form for registration and the agenda, please click here.

Pension Information Session - Wednesday, Nov. 6

There will be a Pension Information Session held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10:00 am and again at 2:00 pm in ATAC 5035 on the Thunder Bay campus and OA 3007 on the Orillia campus (by videoconference).

The sessions will be hosted by Clint Mason, Manager of Pension Services.

The sessions will cover the different types of pensions, information specific to Lakehead University’s pension, and retirement options available to pension members, as well as answering any questions attendees may have about Lakehead University’s pensions.

Please confirm your attendance in advance by calling or emailing Clint Mason, using the contact information below.

Clint Mason, HBComm, CFP, CPA, CMA
Manager of Pension Services
(807) 766-7287

Last Day for Lump Sum Additional Voluntary Pension Contributions - Friday, Nov. 15

Please be advised that Friday, Nov. 15 is the final day that pension plan members will be able to make lump sum additional voluntary contributions to their pension plan in 2019.

Pension plan members are encouraged to consider making these contributions through regular payroll deduction.

Please contact Pension Services at 807-766-7287 with any questions, or email

On-campus job opportunity

Still looking for a job on campus? The office of Undergraduate Recruitment is hiring part-time Campus Tour guides.

Think you have what it takes to showcase why Lakehead is so exceptional and unconventional?

Apply through the mysuccess portal today!

NOHFC Regular (administrative) Internships: One Position Available

Lakehead University will have one NOHFC administrative-related  internship (out of its quota of two administrative-related placements) becoming available in late fall through the NOHFC Northern Ontario Internship Program. 

The internal deadline for the submission of regular internship applications to the Office of Research ( is November 29, 2019.

If more than one application is received, an internal competition will need to be held to determine which one application will be submitted to the NOHFC. Final decisions will be made by the Executive Team Working Group.

For more information, visit this page.