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President’s Gala shines spotlight on students in the lead

While the 2016 President’s Gala is only weeks away – April 8 – many Lakeland College students have been preparing for this event for months.

“Student involvement in the President’s Gala is a priority because this event is truly about them. We want to showcase how Lakeland students take charge in their area of studies and can apply their skills now as leaders in their field. All proceeds raised at this event will help our students through Lakeland’s student awards program,” says Alice Wainwright-Stewart, President and CEO of Lakeland College.

Carpentry apprentices constructed a garden shed, welding apprentices created a custom firepit and esthetician students are honing their aesthetic skills to provide a four-hour spa session to the winning bidder during the gala’s live auction.

First-year business students are connecting with the local business community, networking to secure donations for the silent auction portion of the gala. Members of the Enviro Club built a wooden bat house for the auction. The bat house features four chambers to hold a large number of bats, in support of their campaign to save Canada’s bat population.
student emcee
“We are thrilled with the student response and how they are involved with the President’s Gala,” says Carrie Boerrichter, event services coordinator. “Like last year, we’ll also have two student emcees to lead the gala’s program and share their Lakeland experience.”

The emcees are Stephanie Wakefield, a university transfer pre-veterinary medicine student, and Lucas Tetreault, a heavy oil power engineering student. These two successfully auditioned for their rolesin February. 

“It’s an honour to be chosen as one of the student emcees,” says Wakefield. “I thought this would be an excellent opportunity for me to further develop my communication and public speaking skills. Plus, as an award recipient, I understand the importance of the college’s student awards program and the difference it makes for us, as students.”

Wakfield, a dean’s list student, is the recipient of the John Nicol Award and the Saskatchewan Innovation Award. Tetreault is also an award-winning student; he received the Heavy Oil Power Engineering Faculty Award.

student emcee“I have always enjoyed public speaking but haven't had many opportunities to participate in events like this, so I decided to try my hand at it. Plus, I don’t get to wear a suit often, so this will be nice,” says Tetreault, with a laugh. “This is a great opportunity to share my skills and give back to the college. 

“The most enjoyable part of learning here is the overall atmosphere at the college. Between the activities, my fellow students and the faculty, it all makes it a very enjoyable place to get up every morning and go to learn.”

During the night of the President’s Gala, Lakeland students will also welcome guests to the Lloydminster campus, help serve the meal and assist with the overall program.

In addition to the live and silent auctions, 100 tickets will be sold during the gala for the luxury raffle package. The winning ticket-holder will take home a one-year lease for a white 2016 Lexus RX from Lexus of Edmonton and enjoy a trip to Secrets Puerto Los Cabos - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico courtesy of Marlin Travel.

Canadian country music icon – Michelle Wright – is headlining the President’s Gala, which also features a four-course meal with table service, complementary bar and more.

Photos: Top photo, a custom shed and a four-hour spa session for 10 are just a few of the auction items Lakeland College students are contributing to the 2016 President's Gala. Bottom photos, Stephanie Wakefield and Lucas Tetreault will be emceeing the gala on April 8. As Lakeland students, both agree that participating in the gala is a unique opportunity to practice their communication skills and take the lead.

March 22, 2016
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