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    TheAlumniAdvisor S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 Community legacy projects highlight Lambton College’s 50th anniversary Judith Morris, Lambton College President & CEO, and Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley pause to celebrate the main Legacy Project installation with hundreds of volunteers at the Point Lands along the Sarnia waterfront. Photo credit: Dave Chidley Lambton College celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special thank you to the City of Sarnia and the County of Lambton with a unique Legacy Project and community day on April 5, 2017. More than 1,300 staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members participated in the county-wide initiative which featured 31 renovation and beautification projects, including the construction of an on-site community cat room at the Sarnia-Lambton Humane Society, a meditation garden at Vision Nursing Home, and work on the Carriage House and Animal Farm at Canatara Park among other projects. A sunrise ceremony led by members of the Aboriginal Cultural & Learning Centre launched the day’s activities. The flagship element of the Legacy Project features a grove of 50 birch trees planted in Sarnia with an additional 10 birch trees planted in each of the surrounding municipalities, for a total of 150 trees to mark both the 50th anniversary of Lambton College and the 150th birthday of Canada. Each grove of trees forms a semi-circle around a sculpture featuring words such as “community,” “innovation,” “diversity,” and “perseverance.” The words signify what the College represents and the relationship that the institution has built with the community. “This was more than a celebration of our 50th Anniversary as a College, but a celebration of the amazing relationship we have built over the years with the city of Sarnia and the County of Lambton,” said Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “I hope these unique installations act as a continual reminder of the importance of the work we do every day for our students and with and for our great community.” Dave Mitton, past president of the Lambton College Alumni Association, travelled from New York City to take part in the events and reconnect with fellow alumni. “I was both a student and an employee of Lambton College and have served on the Alumni Board of Directors, so my roots run deep here. I feel a strong connection to Lambton and was happy to come back and participate in a day where I could give back to the College and the community that has given me so much,” says Mitton. After volunteering at projects throughout the community, participants returned to the College where they were treated to a barbeque lunch and congratulatory messages from a roster of dignitaries, including former Lambton College Presidents, George Delgrosso, George Allen, and Dr. Tony Hanlon. Other video highlights included birthday greetings in various languages from students at Lambton College in Toronto, an original rap song that was written specifically for the anniversary celebrations delivered by students of Lambton College in Mississauga, and a tree planting at a campus of Lambton in China. A time capsule, originally placed in the cornerstone of Lambton College’s main building in 1970, was opened to reveal a variety of vintage and historical items, including an original type-written list of all 54 students who enrolled in the College in its first year of existence. Most of these artifacts will be housed in the archives in the Learning Resource Centre, while some of the items, along with current materials and memorabilia, will be re-installed in a new time capsule for future generations of Lambton students and leaders to discover. Lambton College is the second oldest college in Ontario and has been celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the year at events such as the sold-out President’s Gala on May 13. Additionally, Bob Bailey, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, paid tribute to Lambton College’s 50th anniversary in an address to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in March while Marilyn Gladu, Member of Parliament for Sarnia- Lambton, delivered special congratulatory remarks in the House of Commons in April. Students performed a flash mob at the on-campus community barbeque prior to the 50th anniversary ceremony where speeches were delivered by a number of dignitaries. Photo credit: Josh Cote A spiritual sunrise ceremony took place on campus to launch the 50th anniversary Legacy Project and community day. Photo credit: Dave Chidley Hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and alumni spent time at Canatara Park and the Animal Farm mucking stalls, building a new Carriage House, and beautifying the surroundings. Photo credit: Kaoss Studios Dozens of volunteers created a meditation garden at Vision Nursing Home to celebrate the College’s 50th anniversary. Photo credit: Els Bosma 1

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Celebrating Our Alumni The long walk from poverty to prosperity Christopher Omira was nominated for the 2016 Premier’s Awards for his dedication to help the children of his boyhood village of Simenya in Kenya. When he was six years old, Christopher Omira regularly walked 10 kilometres a day to get to school. Born in a rural village in Kenya, Omira made the demanding journey because he believed education was the key to transition from poverty to prosperity. “I just wanted to learn,” says the 2003 graduate of Lambton College’s Nursing program. “I had no uniform and tuition fees were also a problem. I had no breakfast and only one meal a day. It was tough, but I was so determined because I knew that with a good education I would get my family out of poverty.” Fast forward 43 years later and Omira holds multiple academic degrees, is employed by Health Canada as a community health care nurse offering primary care to Aboriginal communities in remote and isolated communities, and is dedicated to helping the children of his boyhood village of Simenya. In recent years, Omira has worked with the community to help build the Simenya Health Centre as well as the Simenya Child Development Centre which provides breakfast and education opportunities to children. “I thought that if I had a chance, I didn’t want kids in my village to have that experience,” he says of his arduous daily walk to school. Omira’s passion to help children also inspired him to develop the Simenya Sport & Creative Art Program. This initiative, which has been welcomed and supported by the community, has an objective to help youth develop their creative and athletic talents while steering them away from crime, depression, and suicide. This is a very important program that will keep the youths engaged and keep them off of the streets and out of crime. - Christopher Omira “I saw the youth struggling. They didn’t have anywhere to socialize. They didn’t have a place to practice or express the talents that they have,” he notes. “This is a very important program that will keep the youths engaged and keep them off of the streets and out of crime. Apart from that, it will also help the youths in my village discover and utilize their talents in sports and creative arts.” The new program kicked off in December 2016 with a soccer tournament where 10 teams of boys from Simenya and local villages competed for a play-off position in the final two-day tournament on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The top four teams competed for cash prizes and trophies, which were generously supplied by Lambton College. “When Christopher reached out to our Athletics Department and Student Administrative Council to get involved with his project work in Kenya, it was very easy to say yes,” enthuses Rob Kardas, Vice President, Student Success & Campus Services, Lambton College. “Christopher is a great example of the type of student who graduates from Lambton College – a student who is not only prepared with the necessary skills to do their vocational job, but also a student who understands how important it is to be engaged in making the community, locally or abroad, a better place to live and learn. His work is outstanding and this was a great way to bring great joy to the people in Kenya he works with on a regular basis.” The inaugural soccer tournament was so successful that more than 3,000 spectators came to watch and support the boy-athletes. Members of the victorious team from Rangala, a neighbouring village, were thrilled with their win and “ran 10 kilometres to show their families in the village the trophy,” Omira says with a hearty laugh. A tournament featuring teams of girls was hosted over the Easter holiday weekend with equal success. To recognize his dedication to improving the lives of so many, both in Kenya and Canada, Lambton College nominated Omira for the 2016 Premier’s Awards in the Health Sciences category. This prestigious awards program honours the important social and economic contribution that college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world, and is awarded annually by the Premier of Ontario. Omira was honoured by the recognition, and attributes his current success to the long walk he took as a boy in Simenya that resulted in his trek to Canada and, ultimately, the Nursing program at Lambton College. “The diploma at Lambton College laid a strong foundation for my education and career here in Canada. Through the diploma from Lambton College, I have managed to turn the despair in my immediate family, extended family, and my village as a whole into hope: through the diploma, children in my village are assured of breakfast before going to school, and they don’t have to walk the 10 kilometres to school the way I did because I have built the Child Development Centre right in my village to provide early childhood education and breakfast to the children.” To learn more about Christopher Omira and the other Premier’s Awards nominees, please visit lambtoncollege.ca/alumni. Beyond her expectations Maureen Forbes escorts her clients on all travel tours, including a Danube River cruise that was offered by her thriving business Beyond Borders Travel & Tours in 2016. In 2004, Maureen Forbes opened a boutique travel business that has succeeded beyond her expectations. Beyond Borders Travel & Tours is a licensed retail travel agency that has a niche market in escorted tour product. Forbes, a graduate of the Lambton College program formerly known as Hospitality & Tourism Management, has developed the business from its original offering of one escorted tour in 2005 to 20 tours in 2016. But the road from college student to successful entrepreneurial business owner wasn’t always smooth. Prior to opening Beyond Borders, Forbes had to disregard the industry pessimists who told her she wouldn’t succeed. “Adversity makes you stronger, and I knew early on that if I gave it all I had, I could make this business succeed,” she says. Forbes came to Lambton College as a mature student when her 26-year career in the oil and gas industry came to an end after her employer downsized its Sarnia location. She enrolled in the Hospitality & Tourism Management program because she “always wanted to work in the travel and tour industry,” she says. Thirteen years later, Beyond Borders boasts a high repeat client base, a robust collection of positive testimonials, and offers escorted tours throughout North America and around the world. “I credit part of my success to Lambton College. I learned a lot from the courses in the Hospitality and Tourism program: from English to Accounting to Marketing, they all helped me when I started my business. It was a well-run program and it was a life-altering experience to go to college as a mature student.” As a student in the program, she gained valuable industry insight from her instructors and received inspiration from her youthful classmates. “It was an experience to go to college with younger students. I enjoyed their enthusiasm and it was a very positive overall experience,” she says. Her own enthusiasm for geography, history, and travel prompted Forbes to open Beyond Borders Travel & Tours. Forbes designs and leads every tour she offers and ensures her passengers enjoy “first class tours with first class style.” “My goal is to supply a personalized service that’s missing in today’s world. When a new client requests a tour book, it goes out with a handwritten note with a suggestion about the tours they might be interested in,” she says. Another special touch includes sending clients a DVD after each trip. Forbes’ goal of providing a distinctive experience begins the moment a client walks through the door of Beyond Borders Travel & Tours in Sarnia’s Mitton village. The building’s interior was gutted by Forbes’ husband then refreshed with welcoming yellow walls, a Tiki Lounge sign, and an oversized map of the world to “make you feel like you’re already on vacation,” she says. Along with her husband’s support, Forbes depends on her adult children Erica and Kevin, a 2009 graduate of Lambton College’s Alternative Energy program, to make the business run smoothly and ensure clients receive friendly service. Most recently, Forbes hired a graduate from Lambton College’s Hospitality - Culture, Leadership & Operations program to join the team. As for next steps, Forbes says the business will dictate where it needs to go. Until then, she plans to continue offering unparalleled customer service on tours that cannot be found at other travel agencies. “I’m happy doing what I’m doing,” Forbes enthuses. “It’s a lot of fun. We have wonderful clients, and great product to offer.” Professional Development WHY SHOULD YOU CONTINUE LEARNING? Prepare for advancement Take advantage of opportunities for growth in your job Stay current in technology and trends in your industry Be effective in your workplace Looks great on a resume Learning is fulfilling and rewarding Let’s talk about your training needs 519-542-7751 ext. 3800 lambtoncollege.ca/LTS ada.houle@lambtoncollege.ca facebook.com/LCCorpTraining twitter.com/LCCorpTraining 2

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Celebrating Our Alumni From Lambton College to La La Land Lambton College graduate Jolene Fisher poses between performances on the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Jolene Fisher has enjoyed a dramatic journey since graduating from Lambton College’s Office Administration program in 2013. That same year, the self-proclaimed “ball of energy with a big heart” decided to pursue her dream to be a Hollywood entertainer and moved to Los Angeles. Though her program of study and chosen career seem to lack an obvious connection, Fisher insists her Lambton College diploma has helped her succeed in tinsel town. “The skills I acquired at Lambton College allowed me to obtain behind-the-camera jobs from a post-graduation internship with The Movement Talent Agency, which now represents me, to a Production Assistant position on a Mitsubishi commercial and feature films,” says the aspiring entertainer. Fisher also credits Lambton College’s co-op program for confirming her career choice and helping her understand the ‘business’ aspect of show business. “I spent my fourth semester as a co-op student working under my dance teacher in my local dance studio office, Kelly Van Gaver Dance Studio. It was an honour to have the opportunity to get college credits in an entertainment environment, as well as learn how to properly answer phone calls, respond to emails, and register new incoming students.” Upon graduating from Lambton College, Fisher studied Dance Theatre at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy College and Conservatory, polishing the lessons she learned studying dance, music, and acting in Sarnia for 14 years. Fisher was then hired at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park where she performed with the Fast and Furious Pit Crew, played Martha May at Grinchmas 2015, and was a Zombie at The Walking Dead Attraction throughout the summer of 2016. And thanks to the motivation she’s received from some inspiring and influential people, Fisher is thrilled to be embarking on a new facet to her career as a stuntwoman in the stunt show WaterWorld while also dancing on the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line seven days a week. Fisher credits the support of her friends and family, and the encouragement from her former Lambton College instructors, for inspiring her to continue on her journey. “I really appreciated when I got an email from one of my Lambton College teachers to congratulate me on my success. She reached out to inform me that she had been following my story and was truly inspired by my courageous move. It was a sincere boost of motivation to know that I had the support from my former teacher.” I really appreciated when I got an email from one of my Lambton College teachers to congratulate me on my success. - Jolene Fisher Fisher’s career continues to develop with a single called War that is available for purchase on iTunes. She says that she loves her craft and is excited about her future. “I have a deep passion for the entertainment world,” she notes. “I intend to make a career utilizing my ability to move, vocalize, and portray other characters. My career is an outlet for me to express and utilize the talents and tools I have been blessed with, and my purpose is to inspire others to take action on their goals as well." Meet the fearless Tara Duff-Cloes Tara Duff-Cloes is proud to be celebrating John Duff Limited’s 50th anniversary this year. Photo credit: Raspal Singh Photography At age 22, measuring 5 feet, 2 inches, Tara Duff-Cloes entered the male-dominated steel fabricating industry when she took on a role at John Duff Limited. It was 1988 and her parents had an offer to buy the family business, but the new owner wouldn’t guarantee the employees their jobs. That prompted Duff-Cloes to take an active role in the company that would challenge and reward her for nearly 30 years to date. “I always knew this is what I was going to do,” says the 1986 Business Administration graduate from the company’s Petrolia, Ontario-based location. “When you see a need, you step up and you meet it.” Duff-Cloes drew upon her Lambton College experience to implement some rapid changes to modernize the organization shortly after she arrived. “In 1988, there was no fax machine, no computers, and there was no such thing as submitting quotes. Deals were done on the phone or with a handshake. Using my marketing diploma from Lambton College, I worked on brand recognition, created official paperwork and documents, purchased a fax machine and computer, and used my accounting knowledge to do the finances when the bookkeeper abruptly quit.” Her foray into the male-dominated world of steel fabricating was not without its challenges. The employees, she recalls, didn’t want her there. A supervisor at a now defunct Sarnia-based automotive plant laid bets that Duff-Cloes would tank the business within three months of starting. Overcoming those challenges, in addition to the cumulative experience of working in the industry, has made a lasting mark on Duff-Cloes. “These past 30 years have matured me,” she says confidently. “I am fearless. If something becomes difficult I will just march through it and I will find the way to resolve it. Where there is a will there is a way.” Duff-Cloes recently shared her story with a rapt crowd as the keynote speaker at the Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series in Sarnia. Throughout her talk, entitled “The Wisdom Package,” Duff-Cloes imparted the career and life lessons she has learned. One of her key messages was the need to communicate with friends, family, and employees. She recounted how she worked hard to cultivate relationships with her employees and bridge the malefemale divide by speaking to every individual, personally handing out their pay each week, and implementing monthly catered meetings to discuss safety issues while socializing. “They know that I really care,” she says. “The door is always open unless there’s a problem, and then we close it and I do whatever I can to help.” To this day, Duff-Cloes maintains numerous connections with Lambton College, from the friendships she developed as a student to ongoing business relationships. In recent years, John Duff Limited worked with Lambton College researcher Louis Michaud to fabricate the energy-producing Atmospheric Vortex Engine System that generates electricity from excess heat. The innovative system has garnered wide-spread attention with a feature article in Maclean’s magazine, coverage on the National Geographic Channel, and other international media outlets. And though her Lambton College days are far behind her, Duff-Cloes has many fond memories of her student years, including pub nights, seeing 1980s rockers the Romantics and Honeymoon Suite perform on campus, and hitch-hiking in a dump truck to get to the College to write an exam after her car slid off the road and into a ditch. “It was a great community school with great teachers and great friends,” she recalls fondly. WE’RE SOCIAL FOLLOW ALL THE FUN ON SOCIAL MEDIA Lambton College Alumni @LambtonAlumni @TheLCFoundation Do you know a SUCCESSFUL ALUMNI who deserves to be featured in our CONTACT US AT: alumni@lambtoncollege.ca 3

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Alumni News & Events Professional gurus provide industry advice through Mentorship Program Amanda Griffith participated in the Mentorship Program as a student and then became a volunteer mentor in the program upon graduation. Photo credit: Kaoss Studios What’s it like to have a professional guru? The Lambton College Alumni Association Mentorship Program gives students the chance to find out by matching them with community professionals who share industry advice and guidance with student mentees. The program is designed to help students solidify their career goals while learning from an established professional’s experience. The Mentorship Program recently celebrated its fourth anniversary. Former student participant Amanda Griffith says the program allowed her to “network with other mentors and gain interview skills as well as business advice.” The Mentorship Program provided me with a working industry contact to ask any questions as I started my career. - Amanda Griffith “The Mentorship Program provided me with a working industry contact to ask any questions as I started my career, which was reassuring,” says the Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology (CPET) graduate. “It was another tool I could use to be successful in my program and to find a career.” In fact, Griffith felt the Mentorship Program added so much value to her Lambton College experience that she decided to become a mentor upon graduation. Throughout the past year, Griffith, who is a Third Class Power Engineer, Process Operator, at Imperial Oil’s Gas Cracking Unit, has provided advice, support, and guidance to her CPET mentee. “I let my mentee know about resources available to him that he may not have known about otherwise. I enjoy being a mentor because I get to give back to a program that helped support me while I was going through college,” she adds. While the program is run by the Lambton College Alumni Association, its success can be attributed in part to the support of the Academic Program Coordinators who often find alumni to participate as mentors. Lisa Myers, Program Coordinator of the Police Foundations, and Protection Security & Investigations programs (PSI), is a keen supporter of the mentorship opportunity because of the benefits her students have enjoyed. “The Police Foundations and PSI students who have been involved in the mentorship programs in the past have had amazing experiences,” says Myers. “It provides them with experiential learning opportunities from officers who are working in the field and gives them real-world examples of the material they’ve been studying for two years in the classroom. The mentors also may be references for them when the students graduate and are applying for jobs,” she adds, noting that she hopes to expand the number of law enforcement professionals involved as mentors in the 2017-2018 program year. As an added benefit, the Mentorship Program can be included on a student’s Co-Curricular Record, an official, non-academic certificate that chronicles the volunteer and leadership activities in which students engage throughout the academic year. Upon graduation, students receive a document that formally recognizes their participation in out-of-classroom activities that have enhanced their learning and personal growth. This can be an invaluable resource when job searching as it indicates to potential employers that the student has hands-on or volunteer experience with transferable skills. ONLINE EXCLUSIVE! Read about a mentor and mentee who have stayed connected over time in a story available exclusively online at lambtoncollege.ca/alumni Students receive GRADitude A record 35 students were nominated for the Lambton College Alumni Association’s annual GRADitude awards which were presented at a special event on April 11. The award honours students in their graduating year that are in distinguished roles of leadership or significance within the College. Danielle Cooper, President of the Alumni Board of Directors, and Kyle McVittie, President of the Student Administrative Council (SAC), co-hosted the festivities in the Lion’s Den. “This is a terrific event where we get to celebrate and recognize some of Lambton College’s outstanding graduating students for their extraordinary leadership and service to the College and the community,” says Cooper. “It was inspiring to honour these exceptional students at this event.” Rob Kardas, Vice President of Student Success & Campus Services, was equally impressed with the calibre of award recipients and attended the event to offer congratulatory remarks on behalf of Lambton College. “In all cases, your service to the College, community, and your peers, has had a positive impact on many and has created a lasting impression on those around you,” he told the award recipients. Students who receive GRADitude awards are nominated by staff or faculty for providing leadership in a variety of extracurricular and volunteer activities. Some of this year’s award winners were recognized for their involvement in Let’s Face It, an initiative to build mental health awareness among students. Others were nominated for their leadership on varsity sports teams or for being leaders to their peers in the classroom. Still others were recognized for their volunteerism in campus groups such as Safe Walk, a student-run volunteer program that helps maintain the safety of the College community by escorting staff, students, or faculty to their destination after dark. Award recipients at this year’s event, generously co-sponsored by SAC, received a personalized crystal award, and had the opportunity to commemorate the moment by taking fun pictures in a photo booth. To see some of the pictures taken at GRADitude, please visit the Alumni Facebook page at facebook.com/lambtoncollegealumni. Business Accounting student Haylee McKelvie of Enactus Lambton College receives her GRADitude award from Kyle McVittie, President of the Student Administrative Council, on April 11, 2017. McKelvie was nominated for her work with Strength In Numbers where she led 23 financial literacy sessions and improved the lives of over 325 individuals across Sarnia-Lambton. McKelvie was also selected to receive the Alumni Leadership Award at Convocation for her efforts with Enactus. Photo credit: Raspal Singh Photography Rebecca Fitzjohn, left, Vice-President of the Lambton College Alumni Board of Directors, presented the Alumni Association Excellence Award to Chelsea Wagner of the varsity women’s soccer team at the Student Appreciation Night awards ceremony on April 10, 2017. The event celebrates the athletic achievements of varsity athletes. Zach Moniz of the men’s varsity soccer team also received an Alumni Association Excellence Award. 4

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Alumni News & Events A Note from Danielle Cooper Danielle Cooper President, Board of Directors Lambton College Alumni Association This is an exciting year to be a Lambton College graduate. Throughout 2017, the Lambton College community, our friends, supporters, partners, as well as alumni, are celebrating our alma mater’s 50th anniversary. The College’s growth and development over time has had a tremendous impact on the local community, industry and business, and the almost 30,000 alumni who have graduated from these halls. To all the new graduates reading this, I applaud you. The path to success is not always easy. I’d be lying if I said my own journey at Lambton College was an easy one. In fact, there were some days when I didn’t know if I’d even finish my program. There were a couple semesters where I genuinely thought that I wasn’t going to make it through. I wanted to quit. But something told me, regardless of what I was struggling with, to keep going. The pressure that exists today is tremendous; to get a good job, achieve top marks, participate in extra-curricular activities, explore additional education, hold a part-time job, etc. Regardless of how you got here, at this moment, none of that matters. All that matters is that you’ve made it. Embrace your journey, and stop, if even for just a moment, and be proud of everything you’ve accomplished. And don’t forget. Your association with the College does not end when you walk across the Convocation stage. You have a life-long relationship with Lambton College through the Alumni Association. There are multiple ways to stay in touch with us so that we can celebrate your future accomplishments. We also want you to learn more about the benefits and services that you can access. Please visit our website at lambtoncollege.ca/ alumni to update your address information, follow us on Twitter @LambtonAlumni, or Facebook at facebook.com/ lambtoncollegealumni, or join the Lambton College Alumni group on LinkedIn. You can also contact the office at 519-542-7751 ext. 3349. I hope you enjoy this issue of the Alumni Advisor and decide to join us as we strive to connect, engage, inspire and share our stories. 10 Questions Carrie Cotton talks about life after Lambton College, her passion for music, faith, fitness, and her 26-year career at Blackburn Radio Inc. Radio Television Journalism graduate Carrie Cotton has enjoyed a 26-year career at Blackburn Radio Inc. Q: What Lambton College diplomas do you hold? I graduated from the Radio Television Journalism (RTJ) program in 1991. Q: Where are you currently working? I’m an Announcer/Music Director at Blackburn Radio Inc. Q: What work experience did you have leading up to your current position? I was hired immediately after graduating as the radio station mascot, Felix the Fox. Through the years, I moved up to overnights, weekends, and week nights holding various positions. I worked for different stations, but always for Blackburn Radio. I’ve been employed by them for 26 years. Q: What are your passions? At 45, I am married to an incredible man (16 years) and have three amazing kids. I have developed a strong love of faith and fitness. I love music of all kinds, but still have my favourites. Q: What was special about your Lambton College experience? I loved my two years at Lambton College, even though I suffered a major loss in my family in the middle of it. My mom, brother and sister were killed in a car accident in July 1990. I was the shy kid who passed out giving speeches when I started. But a few incredible teachers encouraged me in so many ways. Q: Why did you choose the Radio Television Journalism program? It was a love of music that pushed me to choose the RTJ program, but it was the teachers and the people in my class who gave me the passion and drive to keep going and see it through to the end. Q: How did the skills you acquired at Lambton College help in your current position? My program gave me the confidence to learn new things and not be afraid to try. We learned how to operate a board, cameras, and lights, but we also learned to push ourselves, meet deadlines, talk louder, clearer, and bolder. Q: Were there any important relationships that you created while at Lambton College? John Murray was, by far, my favourite teacher. I remember him saying, "If you are shy now, you won't be when you leave." He didn't baby us. He made us do the work. But he also encouraged us. And in the years after, when he was still here and teaching, he would bring a young group of new media students into our studios at the radio station and brag on me. Q: What impact did he have on your life as a student and after graduation? I still have the first radio show I did and I kept his comments and remarks because he was not just a teacher, he was a mentor. And what he thought of you mattered. He cared about us individually. He wanted us to succeed, not just fill a seat in his classroom. Q: Are there any other lasting impressions the College made on you? I had a teacher who believed in me and pushed me to be my best and try new things.

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Lambton College Special Features A note from Marc Guilbeault Director, The Lambton College Foundation and Alumni Association Marc Guilbeault, Director, The Lambton College Foundation and Alumni Association Photo credit: Raspal Singh Photography The Lambton College Foundation has been on an exciting journey to fulfill the fundraising goals outlined in the Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign. Construction is now well underway for this campus-renewal project that will forever change the landscape of Lambton College with the addition of the NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre, a new Athletics & Fitness Complex, and an equipment renewal program. The impact of the Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign will be wide-spread, and will allow the College to build a better future for every Lambton College student and resident of Sarnia-Lambton. For example, the NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that will feature a 40 bed nursing lab, two intensive care unit rooms, hospital and retail pharmacy labs, and a massage therapy lab and clinic, among other amenities. This cutting-edge research and learning facility will ensure that the highest quality of health education is available to our students. The Athletics & Fitness Complex will feature a 1,240 seat double gymnasium, two varsity change rooms, two general change rooms, a 6,000 square foot fitness centre and fitness studio. As we all know, active living plays a key role in mental health and well-being, so this important facility will go a long way to support the overall mental and physical health of our students, as well as their academic success. The Lambton College Foundation is extremely grateful to the County of Lambton for their $5 million commitment to these projects, as well as the Student Administrative Council and all Lambton College students for donating and pledging more than $8.5 million to make these buildings a reality. We also appreciate the generosity and kindness that the Lambton County community, our alumni, neighbouring communities, and corporate supporters, have already shown throughout these early days of the campaign. Additionally, we are grateful to NOVA Chemicals for demonstrating tremendous corporate leadership with a $2 million dollar gift to establish the state-of-the-art NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre. These impactful gifts will ensure that Lambton College will continue to strengthen and expand existing programs, develop new program offerings and community services, and retain highly skilled professionals for the local workforce. Additional exciting developments are taking place at Lambton College’s new Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies. A major renovation project is underway that will transform the south end of the main campus building into an advanced laboratory and classroom learning space. These new facilities will house leading-edge technology and equipment to ensure our students are prepared to meet the evolving needs of industry when they enter the workforce. These campus renewal and expansion plans have given The Lambton College Foundation the privilege to forge new partnerships or renew existing ones with many industry leaders and business partners. We have also enjoyed a tremendous response from individuals and alumni in the community who wish to commemorate their Lambton College experience with a donation. On behalf of The Lambton College Foundation, thank you for your support and investment in the future of Lambton College. Our work to raise $7 million to complete the project is ongoing and I encourage you to stay connected or get involved with us to find out how the Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign will further position Lambton College as a provincial leader in educational programming while enriching the on-campus student experience. Thank you again. President’s Gala featuring Rick Mercer celebrates Lambton’s 50th anniversary Rick Mercer regaled a sold-out crowd with some humorous observations about Canada at the inaugural President’s Gala in May. Comedian and television personality Rick Mercer entertained a sold-out crowd at Lambton College’s inaugural President’s Gala on May 13, 2017, with his 70-minute address entitled “Rick Mercer’s Canada: Coast to Coast to Coast.” The Canadian icon, known for his razor-sharp wit and political commentary, helped the College celebrate its 50th anniversary at the formal affair that was attended by 280 guests. In addition to Mercer’s keynote address, the celebration featured a gourmet dinner, live music, and a silent and live auction. More than $50,000 raised at the event will be used to support the Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign, a $45 million campus renewal project that will transform the student learning and recreational experience with the construction of the NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre, and the Athletics & Fitness Complex, as well as an equipment renewal campaign. Marc Guilbeault, Director of The Lambton College Foundation, says the response to the President’s Gala was overwhelmingly positive. “The success of this event would not be possible without the support of our partners. I’m extremely grateful to our dedicated sponsors, architects Tillman Ruth Robinson, NOVA Chemicals, Kel-Gor Limited, and Johnson Insurance, for championing this initiative.” McMichael Ruth, Principal of architects Tillman Ruth Robinson, says his firm was “very proud to be a leading sponsor for the President’s Gala.” “We continue to be inspired by the exceptional teaching, flexible learning and innovative research that is being done at the College, and we are excited by this opportunity to support the College as it continues to grow and lead in these areas.” Lambton College's 50th anniversary marks a huge milestone for the College and its legacy in the community. Guilbeault says the College enjoyed a memorable night of celebration with members of the community and Canadian celebrity Rick Mercer. “This was a perfect opportunity to bring together our industry partners, community members, alumni, and friends to showcase the exceptional growth and development of the College from its inception in 1966 to our current construction project featuring the NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre, and the Athletics & Fitness Complex. We are grateful for their confidence in us and their support,” says Guilbeault. Future fundraising initiatives to support the Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign include the annual Corks, Caps & Cuisine event on October 21, which features an evening of gourmet food pairings with premium beers, wines and spirits. Last year’s event sold out well in advance of the event date and more tickets are being offered this year to accommodate the demand. Tickets to this year’s event can be reserved online at lambtoncollege.ca/foundation. Photos and more information about the President’s Gala and the Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign are also available on The Lambton College Foundation website at lambtoncollege.ca/foundation. Lambton College hosted a night at the Sarnia Sting on March 1, 2017, to raise awareness about the Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign. Here, Judith Morris, President & CEO of Lambton College, prepares to drop the puck with Mr. Andrew S. Brandt, Chair of The Lambton College Foundation Board of Directors, centre, and Bill Abercrombie, President of the Sarnia Sting. Find out more about the Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign online at lambtoncollege.ca/foundation. Photo credit: Metcalfe Photography 6

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Lambton College Special Features The Little College that Could By Beth Ann Wiersma Lambton College opened its doors in November 1966 with a part-time president, six full-time faculty, and 31 students. While 53 students had expressed interest in attending the fledgling college, many went elsewhere when September came and the college wasn’t quite ready to go. Only Centennial College managed to make the September start-up timeline. Lambton College was the second community college in Ontario to open its doors. the establishment of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology was passed by the province in June 1965. At that time, two hundred million dollars was set aside provincially to get community colleges started. A group of individuals who saw a community college as a real plus for Lambton County began meeting. In May 1966, Lambton College’s first Board of Governors was established, and on July 15, 1966, the charter of Lambton College was approved in the legislature. the intentions of a community college. Community colleges weren’t universities or technical colleges: so what were they? The first program offerings were an attempt to define the colleges—meeting the workforce needs of the community. Lambton College’s three flagship programs were three year chemical-electrical, two year mechanical drafting and two year business secretarial and accounting. These programs still exist in various formats at Lambton College today. faculty; the early facility (located in the now defunct community of Bluewater) was sub-par. But, Lambton College proved itself to be the little college that could. Today, program offerings, the student body and the facilities are much greater, but the college remains true to its mission to prepare people with specialized skills for the workforce. The sequence of events leading to Lambton’s opening had been quick. The legislation for As with anything new, there was confusion in the community and across the province about There was a real pioneering spirit in those early days. There were just a few students and The cornerstone of Lambton College’s current site was put in place by former Premier William G. Davis and former Chair of the Board of Governors, Dr. William Forbes, in 1970. The Lambton College Planning Board, comprised of Ray Rothenbury, Jack Todesco, Ian Low, and former President George Allen, review architectural plans for the current College location. Dr. William Forbes, former Chair for the Board of Governors, along with former Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, William Johnston, turn the sod for the current Lambton College campus on December 16, 1968. Join the exclusive group of Lambton College Alumni on LinkedIn! Stay connected with classmates, network with fellow alumni and take advantage of the opportunity to discuss career and professional development within the Lambton College Alumni community. The original shovel used for the construction of the main Lambton College campus was used at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre in June 2016. Here, Judith Morris, President & CEO of Lambton College, celebrates the moment with Andrew S. Brandt, Chair of The Lambton College Foundation Board of Governors, and Sandy Marshall, Chair of the Lambton College Board of Governors. Photo credit: Kaoss Studios Lambton College 50 year timeline July 1967 Lambton College celebrated its first graduating class. October 1966 117 applicants applied to 10 available teaching positions at Lambton College. September 1967 The first full-time academic year began with 351 students. For the first time in Canadian history, students could study for a Masters in Chemical Engineering via night school at Lambton College. 1972 Lambton College moved to its current location on London Road. December 1970 Lambton College moved into the Modeland Road campus. 1990 Lambton College broke ground on the south excavation for the eventual home of the Centre of Excellence for Process. June 2015 Lambton College officially launches Envision Tomorrow Capital Campaign to fund new infrastructure. Lambton College launches Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies. June 2016 Lambton College officially broke ground on two new world-class education and athletics facilities. 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2200 November 1966 Lambton College opened its doors and welcomed 31 students in five programs. The college was originally housed in a former elementary school and is the secondoldest college in Ontario. September 1968 Lambton College moved to its second location on Russell Street (formerly St. Patrick’s High School). May 1976 The Lambton College Industrial Fire School opened on Lasalle Line. September 2004 Lambton College introduces Community Integration through Cooperative Education. The program is so successful that a number of colleges across Ontario have gone on to implement similar programs, with many using Lambton College as a model of excellence. January 2016 Lambton College’s exclusive Class+ Experience™ was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program, the first college in Canada to receive this designation. July 1967 Lambton College received over 120 applications for the Fall 1967 semester. March 1971 Governor General Roland Michener officially opened the first permanent building of Lambton College’s new campus. September 2014 Lambton College launches The Cube, an on-campus entrepreneurial hub for students and the community. April 2017 Lambton College thanks the community with the 50th Anniversary Legacy Day projects. 7

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Lambton College News & Events Sprechen sie “pro hoops?” Former Lambton Lions forward Mike Lucier talks about playing professional basketball in Germany Mike Lucier, former starter with the Lambton Lions varsity basketball team, now plays with professional German team Dragons Rhoendorf. When he graduated from Lambton College’s Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology program in 2016, Mike Lucier had amassed a number of accolades as a forward for the Lambton Lions men’s varsity basketball team. Lucier finished his college hoops career as the all-time scoring leader in Lambton College history, was named Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a Western Division All-Star, and ranked 7th in all-time points in Ontario college history. He also led the Lambton Lions to a bronze medal in the 2015/16 OCAA playoffs, landing the team their first medal in 24 years. The team finished the season ranked 6th in Canada. Little wonder then that Lucier’s talent landed him a contract with the Dragons Rhoendorf, a professional basketball club based in Bad Honnef, Germany, where the 6’7” starter continues to dominate on his new home court as one of his team’s top scorers. “I've been enjoying the opportunity to continue playing basketball in Germany,” says Lucier, who originally hales from Forest. “Just the whole experience from living in another country to learning how to play the game the way it is played in Europe has been something that I'm grateful for.” Lucier traces his current success on the court back to his days at Lambton College where he developed a number of relationships that helped him progress as a basketball player. “When I first got to Lambton, I had some good teammates who always tried to help me out and let me know that I could play at the next level if I put the work in. I still have some good friends playing at Lambton that I keep in touch with; they watch my games and let me know what they see and I do the same with them, so we're still helping each other get better.” He also sees parallels between his Lambton College basketball career where the fan support intensified each successive year, and his current team where the Dragons play for full houses. “We [Lambton Lions] went from having hardly anybody in the stands to playing in front of a packed gym every home game, so it was always fun to play at home just like it is in Germany.” The main highlight of my career back at Lambton was being a part of a program that continued to get better every year.” - Mike Lucier And as exhilarating as his time playing pro ball has been to date, Lucier contends his time as a Lambton Lion remains a highpoint of his career. “The main highlight of my career back at Lambton was being a part of a program that continued to get better every year. We went from being at the bottom of the league to being one of the best teams in the OCAA and nationally ranked, so it felt good to get some recognition.” James Grant, head coach of the Lambton Lions, is equally as effusive in his praise for Lucier as Lucier is for his former team. “Mike was everything you look for in a player,” says Grant. “He worked hard on the court and was a great person off of it. He had goals and he worked to achieve them. It’s rare that collegiate players can land a professional contract, especially those from small rural high schools. He showed that Lambton College is a place where individuals can achieve the impossible. It’s a great story.” Visit the Lambton Lions website at lclions.ca to stay updated on the success of all of Lambton College’s varsity teams. Lambton Lions guard Branden Padgett, right, receives a plaque from Lions head coach James Grant, left, for scoring his 1,000th point against the Mohawk Mountaineers on January 20, 2017. Padgett is the fourth Lion to reach the 1,000 point club, joining Mike Lucier, who plays professionally in Germany; Chad Pereira, President of the Sarnia Referee’s Association; and Shawn Hill, who plays professionally in Spain. Padgett was named a West Division All-Star by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association for the third consecutive year since joining the Lions in 2015. 8 Past and present players of the Lambton Lions men’s varsity basketball teams came back to campus on January 28, 2017, to participate in the annual alumni tournament. In a hotly contested match, the Millennial Team defeated the Recent Grads 60-42 in the tournament final.

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Lambton College News & Events Lambton College graduates continue to outshine their provincial counterparts Lambton College has the highest employer satisfaction rate in the province, according to the 2017 KPI results. According to the latest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) report, Lambton College currently boasts the highest employer satisfaction rate in the province. Not only did Lambton College take the top spot in the rankings, but the college earned a perfect score, with 100 per cent of employers surveyed reporting that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the skills of their new hires. “Lambton College has worked very hard to align programs and training with the needs of industry, and we’re very proud to announce that our graduates excel at what they do,” says Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “Our graduates have always been able to find careers that utilize the education and training they received during their time here. Being able to report a perfect employer satisfaction rate is an awesome achievement for our college.” In addition to an outstanding employer satisfaction rate, Lambton College also scored above the provincial average when it came to Student Satisfaction. Additionally, when asked a series of survey questions, Lambton College students reported being satisfied or very satisfied that their program provided them with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in future careers. The overall quality of the learning experience, college services, and campus facilities and resources also garnered high satisfaction ratings. “These results are a great indicator of just how successful we’ve been as a college in ensuring our students receive the support, education and training they need to succeed in a competitive job market,” says Morris. “Our career-focused programs, exceptional faculty and expanding facilities have allowed us to continually provide students with the skills they need to embrace real-world challenges with knowledge and confidence. This report reinforces that a Lambton College education leads to employment.” The annual survey evaluates all of the province’s 24 community colleges through five KPIs. Results are based on independently gathered figures from Ontario community college students, graduates, and employers. BOOK A PROGRAM ADVISING APPOINTMENT Are you exploring full-time programs and have questions? Book an appointment with one of our Enrolment Advisors. lambtoncollege.ca/advise Bisi’s Story My name is Bisi Alawode. I am a photographer, I'm a father to my 10-month old son, I am also a husband to my beautiful wife and we both studied at Lambton College. When I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, I wanted to tell a story. The skill set and the experiences of the faculty simplified my decision to choose photography at Lambton College. Some of the biggest influencers I had are my two faculty professors. It's critical, whatever career path anyone chooses. It's about the relationships you build along the way and that was able to translate into building a successful business for myself. When I graduated in 2015, I was voted one of When I graduated in 2015, I was voted one of the top 30 under 30 photographers in Canada. - Bisi Alawode the top 30 under 30 photographers in Canada. I'm kind of a person who sees challenges as an opportunity to grow and learn. I want my legacy to be someone that made a difference, every single place I find myself. I am confident about where my business is going to and I'm really proud to see where I started from. Bisi Alawode graduated from Lambton College’s Digital Photography program in 2015. Celine’s Story Celine LeBlanc graduated from Lambton College’s Pre-Health Sciences in 2014 and Practical Nursing in 2016. I decided to be a nurse because I wanted to be a voice for the voiceless, to be there for someone who feels alone. In high school I lost six friends to suicide. It was very hard to go through, but solidified my decision to become a nurse. Mental health is incredibly important and not something that can be overlooked. Then I was diagnosed with a learning disability much later in life than many others. I felt like I was working as hard as I could, but it was never enough. It took time to recognize that I learn in a different way than others and the Accessibility Centre at Lambton College helped me with different learning strategies that addressed my specific needs. Lambton College's Practical Nursing program explored the many different career paths available to nurses. Students were able to pursue their own passions through nursing. I am now employed as a home and community care nurse for the Kettle and Stony Point area and a supervisor for an assisted living facility. I love being a nurse, that’s something I can say for sure. - Celine LeBlanc I love being a nurse, that's something I can say for sure. I want people to always know, no matter what, don't let anyone tell you, you can't do something, because you can and I proved that. Lambton College has given me a career I love. I will dedicate the rest of my life to caring for those in need. It gives me great pride to be a Lambton College graduate. 9

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    TheAlumniAdvisor Alumni Special Events Former co-op student now hires co-op students Mike Lassaline, right, started working at CF Industries as a co-operative education student. He is now the Chief Operating Engineer at CF Industries where he hires current students such as Erik Vanderzwart, on left. Photo credit: Raspal Singh Photography Mike Lassaline got his start at CF Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural fertilizers, back in 2001 when he was a co-operative education student in Lambton College’s Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology (CPET) program. Now the Chief Operating Engineer at CF Industries, Lassaline hires Lambton College co-op students to work at the global manufacturer’s Courtright Nitrogen Complex. “The students hit the ground running when they get here,” he says of the highly competitive co-ops at CF Industries. “They’re coming to us with the theory and foundational knowledge to continue their education on the worksite.” Melanie Beyak, Career Services Consultant at Lambton College’s myCareer Centre, echoes Lassaline’s assessment of the co-op program, noting that co-op offers valuable opportunities for students to get hands-on experience related to their field of study. “Co-operative education allows Lambton College students to extend their learning 10 Questions Social Service Worker alumnae Terri Lynn Sullivan talks about life after Lambton College, the value of volunteering, and her career trajectory post-graduation. knowledge or experience. I was privileged to have Best Buddy lunches. I attended activities at the pub and gym. The times I attended Lambton were some of the happiest days of my life. beyond the classroom. The combination of academic study and work produces an overall learning experience that gives greater meaning to the students’ studies and more direction to their career development,” she says. That seems to be the case at CF Industries where the Lambton College connection is strong. Lassaline suggests that approximately 80 percent of the 75 operating engineers are Lambton College graduates. For many of those employees, the co-op experience was a gateway to a rewarding career in their field of study. “The co-op includes two eight-month terms, so it’s like a 16-month interview. It’s good for us [CF Industries] because we can evaluate the students and consider them for employment after they graduate.” And while the quality of the co-op student candidates has been consistently high, Lassaline has noted a change over the years. “What we’re seeing is a lot more initiative,” he says of the CPET and Power Engineering DID YOU KNOW? Technician students CF Industries hires. “Some of the students are completing their 4th class exams before their first co-op, which didn’t happen before. It shows some good initiative and that they’re serious about this as a career.” Beyak is not surprised by the level of excellence students are bringing to their co-op employers. She and her team provide personalized assistance to help students prepare for their co-op term, including individual support from a program-specific co-op advisor, mock interview opportunities, résumé and cover letter review services, and more. Meanwhile, employers may be eligible for tax credits worth a maximum value of $3,000 per co-op work term. “It’s a win-win situation,” Beyak says. “Our students get on-the-job experience and valuable industry contacts, and employers get to train the next generation of employees specifically for their workplace.” Lambton College’s myCareer Centre offers assistance to alumni up to one year post-graduation? Here is a brief overview of the services you can access: Résumé and cover letter review service Interview preparation assistance Job search tips, tools, and techniques Online job postings via myCareer Employer Showcase events Optimal Résumé job preparation website featuring video tutorials, résumé builder templates, and more! For more information, visit mylambton.ca/mycareer Terri Lynn Sullivan works at the Lambton Mental Wellness Centre as a Peer Facilitator. Photo credit: Raspal Singh Photography Q: What Lambton College diplomas do you hold? I graduated from the Human Services Foundation program in 2012 and the Social Service Worker program in 2015. Q: Where are you currently working? I’m a Peer Facilitator at the Lambton Mental Wellness Centre. Q: What work experience did you have leading up to your current position? I had odd jobs, pretty much taking whatever was available, until I got involved with the County of Lambton's Circles program. This program is an anti-poverty movement that focuses on maintaining self-sufficiency through education and employment. Q: What are your passions? I am a single mother of three beautiful children. I am passionate about social issues such as poverty reduction, suicide prevention, and systemic changes. I had a really rough childhood, leading me to believe I was the poster girl for people who would not make it in life past 25. At the age of 25, I relocated to Sarnia where I completed my grade 12 education. I have been a Circle's Leader for the past seven years and am now graduating into an Ally role in the program. Q: What was special about your Lambton College experience? I loved attending Lambton College. I was on the Student Administrative Council during my first year. I appreciated the First Generation Office's support for students like myself who didn’t have any family members with college 10 Q: How did the skills you acquired at Lambton College help in your current position? I learned how important self-care was while working in social service work. I started volunteering at Lambton Mental Wellness Centre as a first year student. I was able to build relationships with their members, observe how the Centre worked, and gain a basic understanding of what services the Centre offered. I enjoyed my role and the people I worked with so much that I joined the Board. I returned to the Centre for my second year placement opportunity as well. In that year, I was given the opportunity to participate in groups, facilitate my own peer support group, and organize activity days. My class had chosen the Centre as the focus agency of our community project, so I was eager to do all I could do to help. We helped move the location to a site that was bigger, better, and more convenient. Q: Do you engage in volunteering opportunities? During the two years of the Social Service Worker Program, I volunteered 1,560 hours in the Sarnia-Lambton community. This helped me gain confidence, build experience, and expand my network opportunities. Q: Do you still stay in contact with anybody at Lambton College? Many of the students I met at Lambton College are now colleagues I work alongside as we strive to better the Sarnia community. Q: Were there any important relationships that you created while at Lambton College? The counsellors helped me sort through issues, the financial aid office reminded me to apply for bursaries, the teachers encouraged my best, students worked together to learn and pass the next exam, janitors said hello in the hallways, and the Dean was available during my emergencies. Cafeteria employees provided the best meals, the First Generation Office assisted with understanding the College world, the librarians helped to locate information, I.T. support guided me through the world of technology, and the Student Administrative Council ensured I had fun while there. Q: Are there any other lasting impressions the College made on you? Lambton College prepared me to be a part of the workforce! Lambton College is a national leader in Applied Research & Innovation #1 in Ontario and #3 in Canada for research income* #1 in Canada for the number of paid research students at a medium-sized college* OVER 350 PROJECTS SINCE 2013 Applied Research projects are faculty-lead in collaboration with industry, providing a real-life experience for Lambton College students. » Reinforce educational programming » Connect students with industry » Gain advanced, practical expertise and experience » Greater success and employability of graduates *Based on Research Infosource Inc. annual list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges 2016 lambtoncollege.ca

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