Leading. Learning. The Lakeland Campaign
When we embarked on the largest fundraising initiative in our history, some called our vision bold. Our goal is to raise $11 million from the community, alumni, staff, friends and industry by June 30, 2021.
Because of great donor support, we’ve exceeded that goal. But we’re not stopping yet. Be part of the most successful campaign in our history as we build on our solid foundation for the next generations. Our goals are:
- to expand student success
- to empower the next leaders in agriculture and modernize our Student Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland
- to grow results-oriented research
Leading. Learning. The Lakeland Campaign isn’t just about raising money. We want to build lasting partnerships and to invest in a brighter future for the exceptional students who come to Lakeland College.
Why now? Demand for our grads has never been higher. Wait lists grow for popular programs. And, there are more and more new opportunities to support Lakeland students.
The need is great.
We need to act now.
Learn more. And, join us.
Student success supports
Remember the challenges you faced and overcame during your time at a post-secondary, or even your first time out of high school? Now imagine trying to deal with those challenges as well as the added worries caused by COVID-19.
The need for a strong network of student supports is more important than it's ever been. Providing enhanced services to help students thrive in these uncertain times is a critical part of the Leading. Learning.campaign.
Those services include programs supporting all aspects of health – physical, mental, social and financial.
Here's what just one of our students said about how existing services helped her:
“I took part in a few in-person sessions with the Lakeland counsellor. I was completing my practicum when COVID-19 hit, which added to my anxiety. I’d stress about completing a project or an assignment, and then my emotions would spiral out of control. With my counsellor, I learned how to recognize when I’m spiraling, and catastrophizing. I thought these struggles were unique to me, but I now know they aren’t. But with more demand for services, I worry that other students won’t have the same access I had to these services.” – Elle, Class of 2020
Your support for student success supports will help ensure students have the resources they need to address a multitude of issues such as stress, anxiety, money worries, addiction and study skills.
Empowering the next leaders in agriculture
The real-life learning experiences found on our Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland are a building block. Now we need to expand those opportunities.
Funds raised will help us create an innovative environment for the 500+ ag students we serve each year.
“Everything’s changing so fast! With the right learning environment, technology and opportunities, Lakeland students will be ready. Grads will always remember the experiences, knowledge, friendships and connections they gained at Lakeland… and will continue to benefit from these long after they leave.” – Abby Fiala, Class of 2022
Your support helps them explore new ideas, test different systems, apply new technologies and collaborate with classmates, instructors and industry to bring their education to life.
Through these hands-on experiences, our students become critical thinkers. They become great collaborators. And they graduate job-ready and sought after by industry.
Applied research is embedded in coursework and beyond at Lakeland.
Our primary focus is on advancing agricultural productivity and sustainability in key commercial crop and livestock species.
We address pressing issues that impact producers. Students assist researchers and they also design and implement their own trials. We urge them to challenge the facts and test the data to hone their problem-solving skills.
- support best-in-class facilities and technology
- fund the expertise needed to drive research forward.
We have 3.
Our priorities are:
- expand student success and student-managed initiatives
- empower the next leaders in agriculture
- deliver solutions to industry
For more details on each of these go to our priorities page.
Meet some of the people and organizations who helped us exceed our goals
Since the campaign began in 2016, the gifts we’ve received have strengthened the Lakeland experience.
Learn more about our donors and how the gifts they’ve given are leading change.
Supporting New Programs
More than a year before the Bachelor of Agriculture Technology program was approved, Bryan and Sharon Perkins committed to creating a student award for the program. Bryan knew the program was planned as he'd served as the vice-chair of Lakeland's board of governors. The Perkins also fund two other awards and created an endowment that will fund the awards for the future.
"For Sharon and me, farming and agriculture are our way of life, our source of income, and, perhaps more importantly, the chosen fields for our children and grandchildren as well," says Bryan, noting that they live on land homesteaded by his grandparents in 1908. "Agriculture is an exciting field. It offers so many challenges and so many opportunities – it keeps your feet on the ground. We're pleased to do our part to support students interested in this industry."
Read more: Long-time donors create first award for new program May 1, 2021
Equipment for the new Agriculture Technology Centre home for the new degree was supported by MNP. Its $90,000 donation also supported applied research.
“We are excited to help educate students in this program, who will play a critical role in the digital transformation of our Canadian farms,” says Stuart Person, Senior Vice President, Agriculture at MNP.
Read more details: MNP donates $90,000 to grow ag tech programming & research March 8, 2021
Bison coming to Lakeland
Armin and Rita Mueller, owners of Canadian Rangeland Bison and Elk, donated $4 million to Lakeland College to purchase land and establish a bison herd at the college.
“We’re honoured that Armin and Rita have chosen to support Lakeland College and our students with this donation to Leading. Learning. The Lakeland Campaign. It’s the largest single gift Lakeland has ever received,” said Alice Wainwright-Stewart, Lakeland's president. “I admire Armin’s passion for the bison industry and dedication to sustainable agricultural practices. I know Lakeland and our students will benefit from this visionary investment for years to come.”
Read more: Historic $4M gift establishes bison operation at Lakeland Feb 25, 2020
Expanding Lakeland's land base was part of the Muellers' donation. Two other supporters also helped Lakeland increase its Student-Managed Farm acres
Growing the SMF land base
When alumnus Roy Kubica, Class of 1966, retired from farming he had "giving away his farm" on his mind and he thought of Lakeland College.
The result: a $500,000 contribution.
His donation, and an equal gift from Judy Sweet, enabled Lakeland's first land expansion in nearly a decade.
Read more:. Lakeland College alumnus supports college farm expansion March 5, 2019
Judy Sweet, who had already supported modernization of the livestock research centre, added another $500,000 for land purchases in 2018.
“This donation is really about helping Lakeland College address their need to grow their farm operations. This ties into the G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility and supports the students, who are eager and already prepared for the real world when they graduate. They could run their own farm, start a new business, advance ag research or take on something else, and they are prepared to do it,” says Judy. “To advance this, you have to have more land.”
Read more: Longstanding donor to help increase Lakeland College farm Sept 6, 2018
Student Success growth in 2018
Student success was at the heart of a gift from Rupertsland Institute and the Métis Education Foundation.
Building on a previous commitment, the 2018 contribution of $287,600 helped create a half-million dollar endowment fund for Métis student bursaries.
Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta, noted it was another celebration and milestone in the relationship between her organization and Lakeland College.
Read more: Major gift announcement for Métis students Sept 11, 2018
Largest gift then in 2017
When it was announced in 2017, the County Energy Park site west of Lloydminster was the largest philanthropic gift in the college’s history.
The 3-acre industrial spot was pegged at $2.7 million.
Now the site is home to Lakeland's truck driver training program as well as a lab and classroom facility for vehicle restoriation.
Read more: Lakeland's Historic Gift May 4, 2017
If you have questions, please contact Stacey Ruller, development officer You may reach her by:
- calling 780 872 3080