Monthly Archive for April, 2013

Learning Lethbridge College: Listening, learning and laughs fill first days on job for new president

Even college presidents need help from the folks in IT before they can truly get to work. That’s what Dr. Paula Burns, Lethbridge College’s new president and CEO, found the first morning of her first day on the job in February. Her first visitor was Travis Killian, an IT supervisor and member of the college’s […]

Her work is not finished: Lethbridge College student adjusts to life after war overseas

In a room filled with uniforms and familiar faces, the eyes of Melissa Whitegrass, mother to toddler Dawni-Rae, Lethbridge College student and 12-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, filled with tears. Mike Bruised Head, her uncle and a Blood Tribe Councilor, was speaking on behalf of Chief Charles Weasel Head. He had just praised […]

Insight to inspiration: Darren Eveleigh embraces the challenge and exhilaration of Ironman triathlons

When searching for a big lifestyle change, Lethbridge College’s Darren Eveleigh researched the most extreme sport possible to kickstart his transformation.  He came across an activity that was both challenging and exhilarating that combined swimming, cycling and running all into one event – the Ironman Triathlon. Eveleigh has worked for the college’s Information Technology/Computer Services […]

It’s a Family Affair: The Lester family

Lyle Lester is an alumnus of the Renewable Resource Management program at Lethbridge College. When he was looking for a college in the early ‘70s, Lethbridge College was one of the few schools offering the training he wanted. His education gave him the skills he needed to launch a successful career as a fish and […]

Widen your horizon: Growing great gardens

“Not many people have a job where they get to garden at work,” smiles Penny Takahashi (Renewable Resource Management ‘03), Aquaculture Technician in Lethbridge College’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence. And although her speciality is aquaponics gardening – a fairly high-tech and environmentally friendly approach to growing food – many techniques she uses can be applied […]

President’s message

It is such a pleasure to have my first opportunity to write a message for Wider Horizons, and I am delighted that it is an issue filled with stories and photos meant to inspire. Much of the college experience is intended to inspire, after all. We want our students to be encouraged to pursue the […]

My life: Tanya Vair Hines, nursing alumni receives Queen’s Diamond Jubliee medal

MY LIFE Tanya Hines

(left) Tanya with patient, Gwen Melnyk. Tanya Vair Hines is a registered nurse who was born and raised in Medicine Hat. She currently lives on an Alberta ranch with her husband and their three active teenagers. She graduated from the nursing program at Lethbridge College in 1992 and now works in the Community Cancer Centre […]

Recent honours: Awards and achievements by college staff members announced

In addition to their regular work as Lethbridge College staff, many members of the college community have been busy completing additional degrees and receiving local, regional and national honours for their community involvement. A few of those on campus who have recently received new degrees, honours and awards include: MERLE FULLER Merle Fuller, an instructor […]

Insight to inspiration: Anna Nemtsova

Anna Nemtsova

When other children were drawing cats and dogs, Anna Nemtsova (Fashion Design and Marketing ‘11) remembers drawing leopard-print body suits. For as long as she can remember, she loved fashion. But choosing it for a career seemed risky. When she looked to Lethbridge College for career guidance, every sign pointed her to a career in […]

Insight to inspiration: Jena Dee Murray

Jena Dee Murray

Second-year Fashion Design and Marketing student Jena Dee Murray doesn’t look for inspiration. “It just comes to me,” she says of her method of coming up with creative designs, including the dress, coat and shrug that was selected as one of the best 25 student designs in the national Telio “Canada’s Breakthrough Designers” competition in […]

Insight to inspiration: Christine Mousir

Christine Mousir came back to school for one important reason. “I knew I needed to give my kids the best in life,” she explains. “And I knew that doing some simple job wouldn’t be enough.” So the mother of three children now aged 9, 8 and 6, all of whom have a variety of special […]

Lethbridge College alumni distinguish themselves and shine

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD Francis First Charger (Ninnaisipistoo “Owl Chief”) Agricultural Technology, ‘82 This year’s distinguished alumnus is Francis First Charger, a familiar face in southern Alberta and respected leader in the First Nations community. He is recognized as a Blackfoot elder according to traditional Blackfoot protocol and is the owner and manager of his own […]

NISOD award winners announced

Karen O’Dwyer, Dean of the Centre for Teaching Learning and Innovation, and Calvin Whitehead, electrical instructor and chair of the School of Construction Trades, were named the recipients of the 2012-13 NISOD Excellence in Learning Leadership Award. The awards recognize members of the faculty, staff and administration who have made outstanding accomplishments in improving student […]

Insight to inspiration: James Chang

A nursing student steps behind the blue curtain in a narrow hallway at Lethbridge College. She’s greeted by a bright smile and excitement. She’s here to be fit-tested for a mask that will protect her while she’s working in the health care field for the duration of her studies at Lethbridge College. The man who […]

Insight to inspiration: Rod Pocza

In 2002, Rod Pocza was enjoying the view from the top, riding the wave of a successful career in the natural gas marketing industry. Entering the industry with a Business Administration diploma (’75) from Lethbridge College, he had learned on the job, working his way up as the companies he was with expanded and changed […]

Insight into inspiration

When word went around that this issue of Wider Horizons would include articles on inspiration, we were overwhelmed with great story ideas. Lethbridge College students, staff, alumni and supporters are doing remarkable work on campus, in their hometowns, across the province and beyond – and their friends and colleagues are quick to pass along their […]

Where are they now? Celebrating the successes of our alumni in their careers and throughout their lives

2014 Steven Ellertson, Upgrading Steven Ellertson, a current upgrading student at Fort Macleod’s Lethbridge College campus, is working towards his goal of getting a Bachelor of Science degree to become a medical researcher, according to an article written last year in the Macleod Gazette. Ellertson had been chosen out of 120 applicants to attend the […]

Southland International Trucks Ltd. gives $100,000 to Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College announced a $100,000 gift in February from Southland International Trucks Ltd. The gift will create an annual student award for parts technician training and support the college’s Trades and Technology Renewal and Innovation Project (TTRIP) through the establishment of the Southland International Trucks Ltd. Heavy Equipment Bay within the Crooks School of Transportation. […]

From our kitchens: Barbequed beer can chicken recipe

From our kitchen chicken 3

One of the many wonderful signs of spring is the smell from a barbeque wafting through the neighbourhood. In this recipe, we take the traditional barbequed chicken recipe and turn it on its head (or tail, to be exact). Starting with brine, adding a spice rub, and using a beer can and some of its […]

With a little help from their friends: Skiers of all abilities make lasting memories at Castle Mountain

Skiers of all abilities

From Monday to Friday, they masquerade as typical Lethbridge College students, staff members and alumni, going quietly about their business. But for eight Saturdays each winter, they hit the back bowls and bunny hills of Castle Mountain with very important business to do. They are the members of the Lethbridge zone of the Alberta chapter […]

Insight to inspiration: Cherie Souther

Cherie Souther

Lethbridge’s Cherie Souther grew up in oilfields around the world. So when the mother of seven children, now aged five to 24, started thinking of returning to school, she looked back to the experiences she had as a child in the Mediterranean and Canada where her father, an engineer, lived and worked. “I got a […]

Insight to inspiration: Jeff Heggie


He spent years on the professional rodeo circuit, wrestling steers and collecting belt buckles across North America. But the most daring feat Jeff Heggie (Business Administration ’99) may have undertaken yet was giving up the security of his work as a bank manager to start his own business. It’s the kind of dream shared by […]

Insight to inspiration: Knud Petersen

  A native of Denmark, Knud Petersen had plans to go to England as an agricultural exchange student in 1965 when a missed appointment ended up leading to an opportunity to travel, work and study in Ontario. The talented soccer and handball player said “Well, why not Canada?” and has called the country home ever […]

A Word or Two: Mandy Pearson (Conservation Enforcement, 1999)


Wider Horizons asked Mandy Pearson (Conservation Enforcement, 1999), owner of her own horse-packing and trail-riding business in the Yukon, to share a word or two about entrepreneurship and finding inspiration in the mountains and majestic trails of Canada. You can find out more about her business at Tell us some things that people don’t […]

Q&A with George Kirkham, owner of Southland International Trucks Ltd.


Wider Horizons: International Trucks are a bit of a family tradition, aren’t they? George Kirkham: Yes they are. My father worked for International Trucks for almost 40 years, and I’ve worked with new trucks during the day and old trucks at night and on the weekends for more than 35 years. My younger daughter is […]

My perspective – WH asked: What inspired you to support student awards and scholarships at Lethbridge College?

Jeff Nielsen lives in Coaldale and is a nutritional consultant with Nutri-Source, a company he co-founded in 2005. He has been sponsoring the Nutri-Source Inc. Endowment since 2011, which supports students in the college’s Agricultural Technology program. There are a lot of little reasons why we decided to establish this scholarship, and three big ones. […]

Insight to inspiration: Robin Ross

My name is Robin Ross, and I graduated from Lethbridge College’s Business Administration program in 1992. The career path I’ve taken since graduation has been interesting. Let me start by explaining that I’ve been involved in karate since 1984 and my teacher is Sensei Taka Kinjo from Lethbridge. Sensei Kinjo is from Okinawa, and in […]

College students win local, provincial awards

A numbers of Lethbridge College students have recently been named winners of local and provincial awards, including: • Students Cole Black Water of the Blood Tribe – Kainai and Jorgia Robinson of the Siksika Nation, who won ATCO FNMI student awards this year. ATCO is encouraging all eligible FNMI college students to apply for this […]

Insight to inspiration: Philip Fodchuk

Crises pervade Philip Fodchuk’s professional life. “No one ever calls because they’re happy,” says Fodchuk, who received his Criminal Justice diploma from Lethbridge College in 1994 and went on to found the Calgary-based Urgentis Digital Crisis Solutions, a company which deals with computer crime. “They call because things are going wrong.” Urgentis and Fodchuk have […]