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Paying it Forward – NLC Alumni becomes Dean

Posted on Sep 4, 2019
Kathy Reid-Soucy

The Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Northern Lakes College has made it her mission to provide quality educational opportunities in the field of health care to northern Alberta students. For Kathy Reid-Soucy, this is not only a professional goal but a personal one, as well. She is paying it forward.…

From Student to Department Head

Posted on Aug 14, 2019
Chris Montgomery-Hewett, Chair of Trades and Resource Technology

The Chair of Trades and Resource Technology at Northern Lakes College was once a student in a program she manages today. In 2006, Chris Montgomery-Hewett enrolled in the welder apprenticeship program. In 2019, she became the head of the department. This is the story of how she got from “a” to “z”.…

Heart Work: Traditional Indigenous Crafting Leads to Healing

Posted on Aug 14, 2019
Ramona Young & Angela Cardinal berry picking

She did her beadwork as the sun came up. She resumed her work in the evenings when the house was quiet, once the children settled for the night. It was a labour of love, what she calls “heart work”. With an estimated 40 to 50 hours of work, Northern Lakes College (NLC) alumni Ramona Young turned…

From Alumni to Faculty: Getting There Sooner than Anticipated

Posted on Apr 17, 2019
NLC Instructor Ryan Broadfoot with Carpentry student

Ryan Broadfoot always thought he would cap a long carpentry career and ease into retirement by teaching in the trades. “I’ve gotten there sooner than anticipated,” he laughs. “The idea was that I would teach when I was 55 and didn’t want to work in construction or out in the elements anymore.”…

Things Just Fall into Place

Posted on Mar 13, 2019
NLC Alumni Brooke Ghostkeeper

Returning to school as a mature student is never a simple task. Brooke Ghostkeeper can attest to that. In spite of the challenges, her advice to others is concise: “Just do it! It is a life-changing experience. Things just fall into place.” It is evidently worth the sweat and tears, as Brooke’s…

The Art of the Weld

Posted on Mar 6, 2019
NLC Alumni Ralph Courtorielle

When you think of art forms, welding is not a medium that comes to mind. The work of Ralph Courtorielle creates a compelling argument for its inclusion. A journeyman welder, Ralph completed his welding training at Northern Lakes College and is currently teaching Pre-Employment Welding at the College.…

A Career with Staying Power

Posted on Mar 1, 2019
NLC Alumni Ellen Davies

When Ellen Davies decided to reenter the workforce after having her four children, she knew she would need to retrain. Upgrading her skills to return to the career she had left behind in the corporate offices of the up-again-then-down-again oil industry did not appeal to her. She wanted a career that…

Not Lost in Translation: Providing French-speaking Albertans with Health Services

Posted on Feb 20, 2019
NLC Alumni Rachelle Bérubé

The large, French-speaking population of the Smoky River Region is able to obtain health services in French thanks in part to the work and dedication of Rachelle Bérubé. As the French Health Coordinator for Alberta Health Services’ North Zone, Rachelle’s role is to promote and improve access and…

Discovering the World of Water

Posted on Dec 14, 2018
NLC Alumni McKenna Patterson

The majority of us take for granted that clean, potable water flows from the taps in our homes. Glenmary high school student McKenna Patterson knows what goes into making this occur, thanks to her participation in the Northern Lakes College Water and Wastewater Operator Preparation Level 1 program through…

Adoption of MMP Program at J.D. Irving Accelerates Management Talent

Posted on Dec 3, 2018
Mike Crowell, Director of Maintenance at Irving Forest Services

The Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) program focuses on the effective management of physical assets. Mike Crowell, Director of Maintenance at Irving Forest Services in New Brunswick, a division of J.D. Irving Ltd., credits the program with creating a platform for attaining leading practice…

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