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|
If 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.
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|
Making 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 teaching 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 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.
Byrt 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.
Haylee 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|
|2012 Medalists - Rebecca Joseph & David Dahl|
|2011 Medalists - Tyson Lancaster & Matthew Weins|
|2010 Medalist - Kirk Kiesman|
Kirk 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.
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