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President's Medal

It is the most prestigious award given out by Lakeland College.close up of president's medal

Established in 1980-81, the President's Medal recognizes a graduating student or students who has demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership in student activities.

Each medal is embossed with the college crest and numbered.

Award winners are nominated. Those nominations come from faculty, support staff and students. Nominations are reviewed by the awards committee that makes a recommendation to the President.

Returning to an earlier tradition, medalists were chosen from both the Lloydminster and Vermilion campuses.
2016 medalists - Don Shaw & Jana MacLeod
Don ShawIf he can do it, anyone can. That’s the advice Don Shaw (left), Class of 2015 and 2016, has for future Lakeland College students. And Shaw accomplished a lot during his two years at Lakeland.

From peer tutor to student ambassador and student member of the Board of Governors, Shaw immersed himself in activities beyond the classroom. He was a member of the Academic Council, Student Executive Council and Connectivity Committee. Shaw was also a member of the Business Club and was one of five students on the award-winning Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition team.

For his leadership and involvement within the college and the community, Shaw was selected as the 2016 President’s Medal recipient at the Lloydminster campus.

Shaw was presented with the 2016 Lloydminster campus President’s Medal along with his second credential – business administration diploma, accounting major – from Lakeland on May 27. The previous year he completed the college’s accounting technician certificate program.

Though word of mouth brought Jana MacLeod (right), Class of 2016, to Lakeland College, career-relevant and cutting-edge learning opportunities helped her to excel.
Jana MacLeod

While at Lakeland, MacLeod was busy with her studies and lab work, and various extra-curricular activities. As president of the Agility Club, MacLeod coordinated practices and events, arranged for clinicians and attended leadership meetings. As a club leader, she helped coordinate volunteers for Band in the Sand and volunteered herself at the student-run event. With the AHT program, she helped fundraise for the Lloydminster & District SPCA. MacLeod also peer tutored first-year AHT students and worked part-time at the Eastalta Co-op.

Over the course of the two-year diploma program, MacLeod gained real clinical experience that she says made the transition from campus clinic to animal hospital a success.

But that’s not all MacLeod accomplished. For her leadership and involvement within the college and the community, MacLeod was awarded the 2016 President’s Medal (Vermilion) when she graduated on June 3.

2015 medalists - Ashley Kocsis & Jared Borzel
Ashley Kocsis holding the President's MedalMaking the most out of her Lakeland College experience is exactly what Ashley Kocsis (left) accomplished. 

She was a member of the Enviro Club for two years and served as the club’s 2014-15 president. She was responsible for the Vermilion campus Idling Project, helped in the recycling campaign, and was part of the Green Roof replanting project, among other enviro projects. Kocsis was also a member of the Outdoor Rec Club, worked in the library, was a member of the Nordic Ski Club and played on the Vermilion Women’s Hockey team. And she also helped with college events including Open House, Enviro-Citing and student-for-a-day.

When Kocsis graduated from the conservation and restoration ecology major during the convocation ceremony on May 29, she was awarded the President’s Medal.

As an exemplary student, Kocsis also received the Board of Governors Scholarship, Craig’s Award, Jason Lang Scholarship, Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership, and Vermilion Credit Union Award during the 2014-15 academic year. 

When Jared Borzel (right) started his University of Alberta degree at Lakeland College, little did he know his post-secondary education would include teachingJared Borzel holding the President's Medal school children in Mexico how to dance to Cadillac Ranch. But that highlight and many more have added up to a fulfilling experience at Lakeland says Borzel.

Two years ago Borzel enrolled in the U of A’s bachelor of education program through Lakeland’s university studies school. During his time at Lakeland Borzel was a member of the Rustler’s cross-country running team, served as the Lloydminster campus Students’ Association student ambassador, joined the Business Club, co-emceed Fashion on a Budget and the 2015 President’s Gala, and helped other students as a peer tutor. In the community he volunteered at local churches, helped with Operation Christmas Child, spoke at various leadership conferences and college events, and travelled out of Canada for the first time on the annual university studies trip to Ensenada, Mexico for a global hands-on learning experience.

For his leadership and involvement with the college and community, Borzel was presented with the President’s Medal during the Lloydminster campus convocation ceremony on June 5. 

During the 2014-15 academic year, Borzel also received the Board of Governors Scholarship, Centennial University Transfer Achievement Award, Jimmie Condon Athletic Scholarship, Lakeland College Alumni Association Award, and Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship. 

2014 medalists - Ali Mullin, Mitchell Byrt & Haylee Dayton
Vermilion convocation ceremonies honoured two outstanding graduates with President's Medals in 2014.

Tracy Edwards presents Ali Mullin with a 2014 President's MedalTracy Edwards made her first presentations as president to Ali Mullin (photo on left), an agribusiness graduate from Manitoba, and Mitchell Byrt (photo below right), a conservation and reclamation graduate from Edmonton.

Both Byrt and Mullin graduated with distinction (a grade point average of 3.8 or higher) and combined their academic excellence with busy non-academic schedules. As well, they also earned multiple scholarships and awards.

Mullin, from Cartwright, Man., was a standout on the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (CIRA) circuit and was named the 2014 Cowgirl of the Year. This award is chosen by fellow competitors. She  also won the High Point Cowgirl award based on her performance during the regular season.

Her leadership was demonstrated in a number of activities including Band in the Sand project lead marketing/communications, leader of the Ag Tour Club planning group, led practice for the rodeo team as well as rodeo barn management and was co-lead for the Calgary bull sale internship program. She organized, facilitated and spoke for the agribusiness program during AgCiting.

Mitch Byrt receives a 2014 President's Medal from Tracy EdwardsByrt was a driving force on the campus Enviro Club and as president engaged members to the highest general meeting attendance in the club's history. He became chief organizer of the Green Cup tournament during his first year, and continued to have a pivotal role in the 10th annual tournament in 2014. In 2014 he received recognition from the Vermilion Students' Association for leadership and participation.

He also forged a real working relationship between the Enviro and Outdoor Recreation Club (ORC), as well as connecting with the University of Alberta's Environment club.

Byrt was also a member of the winter (indoor) rowing club and the Vermilion Nordic Ski Club.

Tracy Edwards presents Haylee Dayton with a 2014 president's medalHaylee Dayton (photo at left), of Lloydminster, Sask, earned an associate diploma (with honours) in university transfer.

Her goal is to be a motivational speaker and she got practice by speaking on mental health on campus as well as at the Saskatchewan Student Leadership conference. She also spoke on behalf of fellow award and scholarship winners at the 2014 Lloydminster awards celebration. Dayton is also an online advocate for mental health awareness and education.

Project lead for the college's Business Club, she was involved in planning the business student fashion show in March.

Committed, focused, friendly, she was referred to as a den mother by faculty. One of those activities was arranging private group study sessions for classmates.

Dayton was a busy community volunteer--Lloydminster Public School Division and Alberta Community and Cooperative Association--as well as working part-time. She received the 2013 Unsung Hero award from the Lloydminster Students' Association.
2013 Medalists - Rayleigh Conley & Josh Firlotte


Rayleigh Conley
Vermilion Campus

Rayleigh Conley showed the way as the SA
Awareness coordinator in 2012-13. In that role
she organized 3 new to campus activities,
a take back the night event,
Movemeber photo booth party and a sustainability
expo. She chaired the Lakeland College student chapter
of the AWMA (Air & Waste Management Association).
She also led the first year of research and helped
complete the first draft of the Enviro Club's environmental
report card which assesses sustainability of campus
activities. From Camrose, Alta, Rayleigh graduated
with an environmental sciences diploma majoring in
Environmental Monitoring & Protection.

Josh Firlotte
Lloydminster Campus

Assistant captain of the men's volleyball
team in his 5th year, Josh was also the 2012-13
team MVP and achieved the highest academic
average. He has also played Rustlers
soccer and futsal including being part of the
2011-12 gold medal futsal team. A volunteer
with the Lloydminster SPCA, Josh also
supports the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
From Lloydminster, Josh graduated from the
Heavy Oil Operations Technician program.
2012 Medalists - Rebecca Joseph & David Dahl

Rebecca Joseph
Vermilion campus

VSA president Rebecca Joseph was a school of agriculture
ambassador, on the Dean's Honour Roll and marketing manager
for the student-managed farm sheep team during her final year of
animal science technology at Lakeland College. Vice president of
the Stockman's Club she helped plan the Little Royal Steer &
Heifer Show. Outside of Lakeland she was a 4-H leader, vice
chair of the 4-H marketing action committee and continued to
help organize and run the Lamont and District Ag Society's
Bull-a-Rama and Fair Days. Rebecca is from Chipman, Alta.

David Dahl
Lloydminster campus

Another Dean's Honour Roll and SA president,
David Dahl was an appraisal and assessment
major in the business administration program.
David was a member of Lakeland's business
case competition team that earned third place in
the Alberta Deans of Business event. Outside of
Lakeland, David was a Big Brother during the
2011-12 academic year as well as member of
the Lloydminster Toastmaster's. David is from
Sedgewick, Alta.
2011 Medalists - Tyson Lancaster & Matthew Weins
 Glenn Charlesworth and Tyson Lancaster

Tyson Lancaster, Lloydminster campus

Tyson Lancaster’s time management skills are remarkable. While earning honours in his second year University Transfer courses, Tyson also served as the Lloydminster Campus Students’ Association’s VP Academic, worked as a peer tutor, was a member of Academic Council, head of the Class Rep Committee, and was a volunteer for events at the Vic Juba Community Theatre.

Tyson is from Sedgewick, Alta.

Matthew Weins, Vermilion campus

When Matthew Wiens arrived at Lakeland a few years ago, one of his personal goals was to do well academically while also contributing to campus life. He certainly met that goal.

In addition to graduating with distinction from the Crop Technology program, Matthew was finance officer of the Vermilion Campus Students’ Association, treasurer of the Ag Tour Club, president of Christian Friends, and marketing manager of the crop technology Student-Managed Farm.

Matthew is from Lomond, Alta.
2010 Medalist - Kirk Kiesman
Kirk Kiesman and Glenn CharlesworthKirk Kiesman served as the president of the Students’ Association at the Vermilion campus and was also very involved in the  Student-Managed Farm. He graduated with distinction from the Animal Science Technology program. During the March awards ceremonies Kirk received the Board of Governors Scholarship, The Norman H. Williams Memorial Award, Class of ’66 Award, and the Ron and Faith Kenyon Academic Award.

Kirk hails from Manitoba.

Photo: Kirk Kiesman (left) with Lakeland president Glenn Charlesworth during the tea after the 2010 convocation ceremonies in Vermilion.
Medal Recipient Archive


Winner &



Thomas Kuntz, Agricultural Tech Vermilion
Roy Murray
Leonard Fundytus, Agricultural Tech
Justin Dyck, Horse Husbandry/Farrier
Janet Dahl, Drafting & Design Technology
Karen Schell, Secretarial Arts
Corrine Hutchings, Animal Health & Care Tech
Charlie Jamieson, Agricultural Technology
Richard Romaniuk, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation
D. Heather Melynk, Secretarial Arts
1984-85 Jackeline Rud, University Transfer
 1985-86 Kent Dubreuil, Business Administration
Vermilion  Doug Schmit
Shelia Jensen, Management
Valerie Wileman, Western Horsemanship
1986-87 Tracy Pfanmuller, Animal Health Tech
Shari Cousins, Fish & Wildlife Vermilion
Richard Lasouski, Heavy Oil Operations Techn (HOOT)
Fort Kent
 1987-88 Charlene Schultz, Herd Health Tech
 1988-89 Ken Kingdon, Parks & Recreation
 1989-90 Shawn Zarharko, Management
 1990-91 Roxanne Wicks, Interior Design
 1991-92 Dean Hamp, University Transfer
 1992-93 Trevor Crisp, Agri-Business
 1993-94 Clayton J. Puddicombe, Management
 1994-95 Bob Daudelin, Appraisal & Assessment
 1995-96 Amie Ottoson, Management
Vermilion Steve Pawlak
 1996-97 Jamie Thoen, Parks & Recreation
 1997-98  Michael Schulkowsky, Appraisal & Assessment
 1998-99 Michael Roma, Management
 1999-2000 Tara-Lyn Prbylski, Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
Vermilion Mark Lee
 2000-01 Carley Hardy Environmental Conservation & Reclamation
 2001-02 Kim Gerenscer, Business Admin
 2002-03 Alain Blanchette, Livestock Production
 2003-04 Mary-Anne Davies, Environmental Conservation & Reclamation
 2004-05 David Rauser, Animal Science Technology
Brian Larson
 2005-06 Tyler Prediger, Environmental Conservation & Reclamation
  Glenn Charlesworth  
 2006-07 Jamie Holdstock, Animal Science Technology
 2007-08 Breanne Sinclair, Environmental Protection Technology
 2008-09 Anja Sorensen, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation
2009-10 Kirk Kiesman, Animal Science Technology
2010-11 Matthew Wiens, Crop Technology
Tyson Lancaster, University Transfer
 2011-12 Rebecca Joseph, Animal Science Vermilion
David Dahl, Appraisal & Assessment
 2012-13 Rayleigh Conley, Environmental Monitoring & Protection Vermilion
Josh Firlotte, Heavy Oil Operations Technician
 2013-14 Ali Mullin, Agribusiness
 Vermilion Tracy Edwards
Mitchell Byrt, Conservation & Reclamation
Haylee Dayton, University Transfer  Lloydminster
 2014-15 Ashley Kocsis, Conservation & Restoration Ecology  Vermilion Alice Wainwright-Stewart
Jared Borzel, University Transfer  
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