Northern Lakes College celebrates record number of grads

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Northern Lakes College celebrated the success of its students at the Multi Recreation Centre in Slave Lake on June 1. The college presented diplomas and certificates to graduates as part of Convocation 2018, including the first-ever group of Advanced Care Paramedics.

Nine hundred eighty-seven students graduated from over 32 programs, including students who graduated from Continuing Education and Corporate Training programs.

NLC staff, faculty, family and friends came together to celebrate students and their achievements.

Elder Laurent Isadore from Driftpile Cree Nation led the opening evocation with prayer, followed by Canada’s national anthem. Master of Ceremonies Joanne Hunter welcomed all attendees and introduced a number of dignitaries, including NLC Board Chair Dan Vandermeulen; Honorable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services and MLA for Lesser Slave Lake; Debbie Jabour, MLA for Peace River; Brian Rosche, Deputy Reeve, Municipal District of Lesser Slave River and Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman. Francesca Giroux, President of the Slave Lake District Chamber of Commerce was the keynote speaker.

In his remarks, Vandermeulen said, “The graduates here today will be taking their first step into a new career or embarking on a new learning opportunity. There will be many opportunities along the way. Continue to seek out learning opportunities and most of all be passionate in everything that you do, for yourself, and others.”

Ann Everatt, President and CEO of Northern Lakes College, congratulated the graduating class with words of inspiration.

“Today we celebrate optimism and opportunity and we share in your excitement for what the future holds,” she said. “Imagine all the possibilities, and take the first step towards your goals. I have no doubt in your ability to succeed.”

Makayla Laboucan, Social Work Diploma graduate and valedictorian, told her fellow graduates, “Unlike our textbooks, we are not able to skip through the pages of life to see how long the next chapter is going to be. Luckily, NLC has given us the paper and ink we need to write our stories, and with the love and support of our families, friends, and fellow classmates, our stories will become bestsellers.”

Awards were given to a number of students in recognition of outstanding achievement in a variety of areas. The Board of Governors Scholarship, a prize honoring the demonstration of the philosophy of lifelong learning, was awarded to Gloria Fierro, Early Learning and Child Care graduate from Driftpile Cree Nation.

Steven Dyck, University Studies graduate, was awarded the Board of Governors Leadership Award for his involvement with the NLC Students’ Association and his contributions to the community.

Keynote speaker Francesca Giroux

Northern Lakes College students stand for O Canada at the June 1 convocation ceremony.

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