Alumni Association

We’re #2 in Alberta, #1 in your heart
Alumni 21st anniversary 1935Here’s our story by the numbers:
  • We’re the 3rd oldest post-secondary in Alberta.
  • We’re the 2nd to establish an alumni association.
  • We’re 1st in the hearts of our alumni.
The first class of the Vermilion School of Agriculture formed an alumni association in 1914. This was just a year after the college opened and before anyone officially graduated. One of the remarkable things is the association has thrived. And found reasons to celebrate. The best example might be the 1935 21st anniversary celebration.
Twenty-one years isn’t a significant anniversary. It doesn't end with a zero or a five. But the alumni association believed it had something to celebrate. VSA reopened the previous September after closing for the 1933-34 term. It was the middle of the Depression. Economic times were tough. Drought made it even tougher for farmers. But more than 100 alumni attended the special celebration. More than 250 sat down to a banquet including their families, current and former staff, students and even the provincial agriculture minister.
Those two days in July were when VSA came of age. Some of today’s homecoming traditions started then. A roll call by year has become the class parade of today.
For more than century, the association has served and supported the thousands of students who attended:
  • the Vermilion School of Agriculture (1913-1963)
  • the Vermilion Agricultural & Vocational College (1963-1970)
  • Vermilion College (1970-1975)
  • Lakeland College (1975 to present)
Alumni House in the fallLearn more about the association and its activities in the drop down menus below.
You are more than welcome to contact the association.
By the way, the association and its members were instrumental in restoring Alumni House. The Edwardian house that started life as the demonstration farm manager’s home and housed college principals. Alumni House is the oldest building on campus and has five guest rooms.
Current Executive
President: Barry McCarty, Class of 1969
Vice President: Ed Lefsrud, Class of 1965
Treasurer: Sandra Bernes, Class of 1966
Secretary: Quinn Hlus, Class of 2020
Past President: Bill Fox, Class of 1958
Werner Wennekamp, Class of 1965
Wyman Lockhart, Class of 1966
Kole Casey, Class of 2012
Craig DeJong, Class of 2016
Barry McDonald, Class of 1966
Victoria Page, Class of 1967 
Gary Warrington, Class of 1965
Tom Kibblewhite, Class of 1959
Marilyn Campbell, Class of 1978
College liaison:
Raelean Hickson
The Lakeland College Alumni Association is dedicated to the fellowship of former students and friends of Lakeland College. Our five objectives are:
  1. To assist members in their efforts to maintain contact with those they came to know during their time at Lakeland College and to provide for an opportunity to reunite from time to time, and
  2. To promote and provide activities which will assist students at Lakeland College academically, recreationally, socially, and/or financially, and
  3. To assist Lakeland College in its efforts to keep in touch with the educational needs of the community and region it serves, and
  4. To promote the best interests of Lakeland College, its students, and its staff and the community.
  5. Provide scholarships or bursaries to students of Lakeland College. 
Filed on July 24, 2016
AGM Minutes
The 2018 AGM Minutes.
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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
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

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

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree