Lakeland's President’s Medal recipient came into her own by taking lead< More Stories
“It has been an absolute honour to have been selected to receive the President’s Medal. I was heavily involved with the school, which made my experience so great. I was happy to contribute everything I could to the college,” she says. “Coming to Lakeland has helped me bloom and become comfortable in my own skin. I realized how much of a leader I can be if I push myself a little bit further - I can do amazing things.”
Finstad, a graduate of the western ranch and cow horse in 2015 and animal science technology program in 2017, immersed herself in active roles in her third and final year at Lakeland College. She was finance officer of the Students’ Association at the Vermilion campus and manager of the commercial beef research unit on the Student-Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland.
She was also a member of the Stock Dog club and for two years, the Rustlers’ rowing team. She attended the Student Leadership Conference in Niagara, Ont. in November 2016, represented Lakeland at a meet-and-greet with New Holland and student speaker event, and spoke on behalf of award recipients at the 2017 Donor Celebration.
“After my second year I realized I had one more year left and as a student, I wanted to be as involved as I could. I didn’t want to sit back and watch the year go by,” she says of her lengthy extracurricular resume.
Finstad received the Jason Lang Scholarship, Centennial President’s Leadership Scholarship, ARAMARK Canada Ltd. Award, and the Centennial Agricultural Sciences Achievement Award.
This summer, Finstad will be working at Western Beef Development Centre in Lanigan, Sask. Afterward she’ll move home to Etzikom, Alta., to help her family with harvest.
“It has been quite the journey here; it has been three years and I am finally done. It is bittersweet to put an end to it, but it is definitely an experience I won’t forget,” she says.To future students, Finstad encourages them to get involved and not be afraid to take the lead when the opportunity presents itself.
Photo: Casey Finstad, graduate of the animal science technology program, receives the President’s Medal for the Vermilion campus from Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president and CEO, Lakeland College, during the convocation ceremony on Friday, June 2.