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Krupa Shah - 2019 Lloydminster Campus
For Krupa Bhaveshkumar Shah, everyone has one thing in common – 24 hours in a day. “And you get to choose what you do with those 24 hours,” she says.
 
This philosophy by her older brother, Shah explains, is what motivated her to excel in her studies and beyond. Her leadership qualities and accomplishments are why she’s the 2019 Lloydminster campus President’s Medal recipient, an honour she received upon graduation on May 31.
 
“I am excited and very honoured to receive this award. To be recognized for my dedication to my studies and Lakeland over the past two years is a wonderful feeling,” says the business administration diploma graduate in the accounting major.
 
From Borsad, India, Shah travelled to Canada not only to pursue business studies but also to experience Canadian culture in a setting that would let her stand out. She says she found that at Lakeland.
 
Shah maintained a 3.51 GPA while confidently balancing school, work and life, and immersed herself in leadership roles.  
 
For Lakeland, she served as a student ambassador and student member of Academic Council. She emceed at the 2018 Lloydminster Donor Appreciation Celebration and volunteered at the 2018 International Student Orientation. 
 
Shah was also a peer tutor in math, accounting and microeconomics, and a resident assistant for the Lloydminster campus Residence. She was a member of Lakeland’s 2019 business case team, treasurer for the Business Club, and secretary and facilitator for Synergy Speakers Corner.
 
“There were times when I felt tired and overwhelmed, but I kept my brother’s advice in mind and stayed motivated. Another piece of advice came from my grandfather. He always encouraged me to learn something new every day, no matter how small,” she says.
 
For the community, Shah was a mentor and volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also volunteered at the Lloyd Style Downtown Fashion Show, 2018 Diwali Celebration with Lloyd Gujarati Community, Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre's Little Italy Gala, Residence Life Leadership Conference and Pecha Kucha 3.  
 
She credits much of her success to her family, as well as her instructors and Lakeland staff. “I can’t thank my parents enough for their unconditional love and support over these past two years. Even from the other side of the world, their support didn’t waver.”
 
Shah was also supported financially through Lakeland’s student award’s program. In 2018-19, she was the recipient of the Pat Tenney Award, Border City Rotary Club Award and Board of Governors Scholarship.
 
“I’m very grateful for Lakeland and the opportunities it opened up for me. I’m more confident than I thought I would ever be, and I learned many new things and gained new perspectives. I'm grateful for all that as well as the relationships I developed here. There’s not one person that hasn’t made a positive impact on my education and personal growth,” Shah says.
 
Shah will complete her employment with RBC Royal Bank’s Lloydminster branch and enjoy a vacation in to Toronto, Ont., before returning home to India. In India, she’ll help her father run their multi-generation tobacco processing business, as well as establish a new business. With no fixed date, Shah hopes to relocate to Canada in 2020 and continue her education.  
Sierra Unick - 2019 Vermilion Campus
After her first week of classes, Sierra Unick knew she was going to be happy at Lakeland College.

As an environmental sciences diploma student, Unick and her classmates visited the Vermilion Provincial Park for a botany lab at the start of their program. They were tasked with learning about the different trees, shrubs, grasses and more.

"Getting thrown into nature, having to take notes about the plants you’re collecting and adding them to the plant book was great because we were contributing to a larger project,” says Unick, who completed the water conservation and management (WCM) major program. “This was one experience of many that didn't just tell me, it proved to me what Lakeland was about – student leadership."

At the start of her second year of studies, Unick was one of many environmental sciences students who traveled more than 3,100 kilometres to gain applied technical skills related to their major during Field Week. For Unick and her peers, their beyond-the-classroom experience took them to Hinton, Alta., which she says is one of the highlights of the program. Together, they completed a stream assessment, culvert assessment and other projects related to their field of study.

“It was an incredible opportunity to gain real experience in the field,” says Unick, who hails from Canora, Sask. “There is a finite amount of water that is available to us and we need to take care of that."

Fast forward to the end of Lakeland’s 101st academic year, Unick was one of approximately 555 graduates to celebrate convocation at the Vermilion campus. She was also recognized as the 2019 Vermilion campus President’s Medal recipient.
“Humbled and grateful are two words that come to mind,” says Unick. The 19-year-old was presented the award for her leadership and involvement within the college and community.
 
Since arriving at Lakeland, Unick immersed herself in a number of activities including volunteering for TD Tree Planting Day and serving as the Town of Vermilion Club representative. She was also the environmental sciences student representative for WCM and an active member of the Enviro Club. In 2018-19, Unick was a member of the Enviro Mentors and served as the Vermilion campus Students’ Association vice president of clubs. 
 
When Unick returns to campus in the fall as a bachelor of applied science: environmental management student, she will also be returning as the president of the Vermilion campus Students’ Association.
 
“I really love Lakeland. It’s a place that I can truly say that I feel at home,” says Unick, who’s working as a research assistant for an agricultural company over the summer. “It’s somewhere where I am happy to be and proud to be. I am super excited to be a Lakeland grad. I hear really good things from industry – as soon as they get one Lakeland grad, they want another and another.”

Jonathan Kuzek - 2018 Lloydminster Campus
Instead of following the crowd, Jonathan Kuzek took charge of his Lakeland College experience with his father’s words in mind.
 
“I was always told by my dad if you aren’t a leader you’re a follower, so at Lakeland being a leader was important to me. I took the initiative to stand up, make the right calls and take on responsibility,” Kuzek says.
 
The heavy oil power engineering graduate displayed great leadership and college involvement during his time at Lakeland. He mentored classmates and peers; looked after the Lloydminster campus heating plants and energy labs beyond his program; was an ambassador for his program during program info sessions; and was known to lead by example, be a problem-solver, and always had a positive attitude.
 
Outside of his studies, he was the marketing and event coordinator for the 2017-18 Lloydminster Students’ Association and helped plan various events at the Prairies on campus.
 
Being a leader was second nature for Kuzek. It was because of his academic excellence and outstanding leadership abilities that he received the 2018 President’s Medal upon graduation.
 
“It's quite an honour to receive the highest honour a student can get. It’s quite the experience to be the only student on the Lloydminster campus to receive it,” Kuzek says. 
 
During his final academic year, Kuzek was the recipient of numerous scholarships and bursaries including the Centennial Energy & Petroleum Achievement Award, Lloydminster Students' Association Bursary, Kasian Architecture General Award, and Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship.
 
To sum up his time at Lakeland, Kuzek says it was the people who made it all worthwhile.
 
“The amazing people I met this year are one of a kind. They all gave me an experience that can't be duplicated. Attending Lakeland was so nice because you can easily have a personal relationship with almost everyone including instructors.”
 
  
Graham Letts - 2018 Vermilion campus
Taking complete advantage of everything Lakeland College has to offer was Graham Letts’ goal. The crop technology graduate not only achieved this goal before graduating on June 1, but was also recognized as the 2018 Vermilion campus President’s Medal recipient for his leadership and involvement.

“There’s only one student on the whole campus to receive the award, so I feel pretty privileged and honoured,” says Letts, of Westlock, Alta. “I really enjoyed the whole student-managed aspect of Lakeland College. Having that practical experience, I think that’s an excellent model for learning.”

Letts immersed himself in the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland (SMF); he successfully applied for the general manager position of the crop technology team and describes the experiences as invaluable.

“You get to jump into operations with your peers and it’s completely hands-on. With a team of 38 students, things don’t always run peachy keen,” Letts says with a laugh. “But this experience gives you the opportunity to learn from your successes and mistakes.”

One of the highlights of Letts’ Lakeland experience was being able to experiment with new crops. “On the family farm you tend to stick to traditional farming practices, but when you come to Lakeland you have the opportunity to leverage the industry and try something out of the box,” he says.

This year the SMF crop team designed a soybean soil temperature trial and tried a cocktail brassica radish grazing mix.

Making strong connections with his classmates proved to be another highlight for Letts. “Every one of us has a different perspective so being able to facilitate discussion with classmates, hear everyone’s opinions and try to make it welcoming for all was key.”

Letts’ hard work paid off at Lakeland. During the 2017-18 donor appreciation celebration, he received eight awards: Alberta Wheat Commission Scholarship in Crop Technology, Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship, Beaton Family Agricultural Bursary, ARAMARK Canada Ltd. Award, New Holland Agriculture Award, The Leonard and Mary Burton Farm Management Award, Growing Alberta Scholarship, and the Ron and Faith Kenyon Academic Award.  

As a generational alumnus, Letts is happy to share his Lakeland experience with his grandfather, Park Letts, Class of 1955. “It’s pretty special to have this connection. He came back to the college for my final SMF presentation and took a tour of campus – it blew his mind how much Lakeland has grown and changed.” 

Outside of class, the father of one assisted with the Tractor Club races during Little Royal, volunteered with a youth summer camp and was active with his church. 

Reflecting on his Lakeland experience, Letts encourages future Lakeland students to capitalize on what the college has to offer. “Take full advantage of every opportunity you have at college to expand your knowledge, make contacts and network with classmates,” he says. “Connect with your instructors; they’re an invaluable resource that you would pay big dollars outside of school for one-on-one consultation with.”
 
 
President's Medal Winners

Academic
Year

Winner &
Program

Campus

President

 1980-81               
Thomas Kuntz, Agricultural Tech Vermilion
Roy Murray
Leonard Fundytus, Agricultural Tech
Vermilion
 1981-82
 
Justin Dyck, Horse Husbandry/Farrier
Vermilion
Janet Dahl, Drafting & Design Technology
Vermilion
Karen Schell, Secretarial Arts
Vermilion
1982-83
Corrine Hutchings, Animal Health & Care Tech
Vermilion
1983-84
Charlie Jamieson, Agricultural Technology
Vermilion
Richard Romaniuk, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation
Vermilion
D. Heather Melynk, Secretarial Arts
Vermilion
1984-85 Jackeline Rud, University Transfer
Lloydminster
 1985-86 Kent Dubreuil, Business Administration
Vermilion  Doug Schmit
Shelia Jensen, Management
Vermilion
Valerie Wileman, Western Horsemanship
Vermilion
1986-87 Tracy Pfanmuller, Animal Health Tech
Vermilion
Shari Cousins, Fish & Wildlife Vermilion
Richard Lasouski, Heavy Oil Operations Techn (HOOT)
Fort Kent
 1987-88 Charlene Schultz, Herd Health Tech
Vermilion
 1988-89 Ken Kingdon, Parks & Recreation
Vermilion
 1989-90 Shawn Zarharko, Management
Vermilion
 1990-91 Roxanne Wicks, Interior Design
Vermilion
 1991-92 Dean Hamp, University Transfer
Lloydminster
 1992-93 Trevor Crisp, Agri-Business
Vermilion
 1993-94 Clayton J. Puddicombe, Management
Vermilion
 1994-95 Bob Daudelin, Appraisal & Assessment
Vermilion
 1995-96 Amie Ottoson, Management
Vermilion Steve Pawlak
 1996-97 Jamie Thoen, Parks & Recreation
Vermilion
 1997-98  Michael Schulkowsky, Appraisal & Assessment
Vermilion
 1998-99 Michael Roma, Management
Vermilion
 1999-2000 Tara-Lyn Prbylski, Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
Vermilion Mark Lee
 2000-01 Carley Hardy Environmental Conservation & Reclamation
Vermilion
 2001-02 Kim Gerenscer, Business Admin
Vermilion
 2002-03 Alain Blanchette, Livestock Production
Vermilion
 2003-04 Mary-Anne Davies, Environmental Conservation & Reclamation
Vermilion
 2004-05 David Rauser, Animal Science Technology
Vermilion
Brian Larson
 2005-06 Tyler Prediger, Environmental Conservation & Reclamation
Vermilion
  Glenn Charlesworth  
 2006-07 Jamie Holdstock, Animal Science Technology
Vermilion
 2007-08 Breanne Sinclair, Environmental Protection Technology
Vermilion
 2008-09 Anja Sorensen, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation
Vermilion
2009-10 Kirk Kiesman, Animal Science Technology
Vermilion
2010-11 Matthew Wiens, Crop Technology
Vermilion
Tyson Lancaster, University Transfer
Lloydminster
 2011-12 Rebecca Joseph, Animal Science Vermilion
David Dahl, Appraisal & Assessment
Lloydminster
 2012-13 Rayleigh Conley, Environmental Monitoring & Protection Vermilion
Josh Firlotte, Heavy Oil Operations Technician
Lloydminster
 2013-14 Ali Mullin, Agribusiness
 Vermilion Tracy Edwards
Mitchell Byrt, Conservation & Reclamation
 Vermilion
Haylee Dayton, University Transfer  Lloydminster
 2014-15 Ashley Kocsis, Conservation & Restoration Ecology  Vermilion Alice Wainwright-Stewart
Jared Borzel, University Transfer  Lloydminster
 2015-16 Jana MacLeod, Animal Health Technology  Vermilion
Don Shaw, Business Administration, accounting major  Lloydminster
2016-17 Casey Finstad, Animal Science Technology  Vermilion
Kendall Stewart, Business Administration  Lloydminster 
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience