Editor’s message

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As a dual Canadian and U.S. citizen, I love celebrating both Canada Day and Independence Day, Family Day and President’s Day, Labour Day and Labor Day, and especially Thanksgiving in October and November.

However, I do always get a bit melancholy on the fourth Thursday of the 11th month each year, and the first American Thanksgiving that I worked at the college was no exception. I mentioned this sadness in passing to a colleague and one year later, the morning of the next American Thanksgiving, I arrived at work to find my desk covered with orange crepe paper, turkey decorations and wishes for a very happy Turkey Day. My colleagues had stayed late the night before to decorate my desk, and each had brought in some part of a traditional Thanksgiving meal that day for our department’s lunch – pumpkin pie and all.

Having worked in a variety of settings for more than 25 years, I know that these kinds of colleagues are exceptional (and clearly very awesome). And yet stories like this, about people who go above and beyond, who have big ideas and even bigger senses of humour, are quite common in the halls of Lethbridge College.

This issue of Wider Horizons is dedicated to the people who made and make the college the great place it is today – whether they are founders, builders or presidents; retired or current faculty and staff; or alumni and students from any generation. When we put out the call last summer to compile a list of 60 great Lethbridge College people, the list we returned with numbered in the hundreds – with more than 60 faculty and staff members alone.

In this issue, you will find the whittled down, completely unscientific list of 60 great Lethbridge College people in a story that features illustrations by Brent Bates, a graphic designer in the college’s Marketing department. We also hope you enjoy the feature on Lethbridge College love stories – including the tale of Dick and Yvonne Kerber, alumni from the college’s first graduating class whose romance is as evident today as it was more than 50 years ago.

We’d love to hear your own stories – whether you met the love of your life at college, or simply have a story to share about a remarkable Lethbridge College person. Drop us a line at WHMagazine@lethbridgecollege.ca or share your story on our social media using the hashtag #LC1957. Help us celebrate our 60th by sharing your memories of the people who made – and still make – the college the place it is today.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. We had the thrill of swapping our cover photo when the undefeated Kodiaks women’s basketball team won the national championship shortly before we went to press. The team was phenomenal to watch all season (okay – truth be told, they’ve been fun to watch for YEARS). Their level of skill and sportsmanship is inspirational. Congratulations to the team, the coaches, the fans and the families on a spectacular season. It was a pleasure to cheer you on.

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