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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…

Alumni Star in Discovery Canada's: Hellfire Heroes

Posted on Nov 9, 2018
NLC Alumni Ryan Coutts and Patrick McConnell

Patrick McConnell and Ryan Coutts work for the Lesser Slave Lake (LSL) Regional Fire Service, which was the “ground zero” crew for the 2011 Wildfire that tore through the Town of Slave Lake. Both are graduates of the Emergency Medical Responder program.|“In the untamed wilderness of Central Alberta,…

Turning your Life Around

Posted on Oct 31, 2018
NLC Alumni Chris Yellowbird

Chris Yellowbird is from Alexander First Nation and his background story is a recollection of trauma, abuse, and misuse. Yellowbird shares, “I have an interesting story, because I used to be a client at the Footprints Healing Centre in Alexander First Nation. I am about 21 months sober now [at time…

Only I Can Define What I Can Do

Posted on Jun 22, 2018
NLC Alumni and Valedictorian Makayla Laboucan

Valedictorian Makayla Laboucan delivered the farewell statement to the class of 2018. “When I received the letter indicating that I was chosen to be NLC’s valedictorian, I was shocked. I called my family to let them know because this is a big deal for me,” Laboucan exclaims.A member of the Sucker…

Graduate Wins Paramedic Pay It Forward Award

Posted on Jun 16, 2018
NLC Alumni Kris Porlier

Kris Porlier is a graduate of the first cohort of the Advanced Care Paramedic program and the recipient of the 2018 Paramedic Pay It Forward Student Award. Created by paramedic graduates to increase the availability of scholarships, awards, and bursaries, the award is peer-nominated and awarded to those…

Learning Never Stops

Posted on May 14, 2018
NLC Alumni Kevin Wharmby

Kevin Wharmby is a Lead Planner and Scheduler of Maintenance at Cameco Corporation’s Port Hope Conversion Facility. Wharmby is a great believer in lifelong learning. “I have always believed that learning never stops. Since graduating from Law & Security Administration, and then working through apprenticeship…

The Road to Becoming a Human Resource Professional

Posted on Apr 9, 2018
NLC Alumni Michelle Caudron

Michelle Caudron, 26, is a mother of two and a full-time student with Northern Lakes College (NLC) in Peace River. Caudron is originally from a remote community in the Northwest Territories. Her hometown was very isolated, and did not offer her many opportunities to advance her education. In 2009, Caudron…

Passion for the North

Posted on Mar 16, 2018
NLC Alumni Christine Kaip

For communities like Peace River, educational opportunities can change people’s lives in very meaningful ways. In Northern Lakes College’s Social Work Diploma program, students learn to work with different cultures and learn how to recognize and deal with oppression. Graduates are active in their…

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