The Alumni Advisory Council represents over 30,000 alumni by advising the work of the Alumni Engagement office. The council is a diverse 10- to 12-member group of Lethbridge College graduates. Each of our ambassadors are alumni who have had a great Lethbridge College experience and wish to give back to the institution. Our work is guided by our mandate, mission and vision.

Mandate

Utilizing a collective alumni voice, the Alumni Advisory Council works to further the goals of Lethbridge College. Members of the council are committed Lethbridge College alumni who serve as ambassadors to foster collaboration between alumni, the college and the community.

Mission

The council serves Lethbridge College by facilitating participation and involvement of alumni in the life of the college and by promoting the reputation and profile of the college and its alumni.

Vision

To foster an active and connected alumni community and contribute to the success of Lethbridge College.

Vision statements

Communication: The council values communication between its members, students, alumni and the community at large to enhance college awareness.

Collaboration: The council provides support for the college, its mission and its initiatives through cooperation and collaboration.

Recognition of excellence: The council values excellence and recognizes it through scholarships, internships, the Honouring Excellence program and external recognition opportunities.

Citizenship: The council contributes individually and collectively to the college by serving as the voice of alumni.

How can I be involved?

There is currently a maximum of four open positions on the council (vice-chair and ambassadors). If you are interested in serving in this role and becoming a college ambassador, please contact Alumni Engagement (403-329-7220).

You can also get involved with one of the Alumni Advisory Council’s committees. Every committee can benefit from the insight of additional Lethbridge College alumni.

Member terms and recruitment process

The council is made up of 10 to 12 members. Council members sign on to a minimum two-year commitment with the option of an annual re-commitment at the end of each term. Council members are required to participate on a minimum of one committee annually.

The council executive is made up of a chair, vice-chair and past-chair. The chair must commit to a two-year term with the option of a one-year renewal for a maximum of three years served. The vice-chair assumes the role of chair when the current chair finishes his/her term, and the current chair moves into the past-chair role.

Member recruitment

All council members actively consider alumni for roles on committees or on the council. However, we encourage you to submit your information or your suggestions to the Alumni Engagement coordinator if you or someone you know may be interested in a position with the council.

Inquiries will be passed along to the chair of the Alumni Advisory Council and the manager of Development and Alumni Engagement for further review. A meeting will then be scheduled to determine if those who have inquired are the right fit for the council

Executive renewal

At the time that the council chair completes his/her term, the past-chair, chair and vice-chair will meet to discuss potential of council members to replace the vice-chair. This nomination committee will be responsible for considering, contacting and asking a council member to assume the vice-chair position.


Your 2019-2020 Council

Chair: David Cocks (Engineering Design and Drafting Technology ’01)

David Cocks graduated from Lethbridge College in 2001 with a diploma in Engineering Drafting Design and Technologies. He then continued his education at the University of Lethbridge where he completed his degree in Art History and Museum Studies. David then moved on to Dalhousie University where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design followed by his Master of Architecture degree. David is currently an intern architect at Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects in Lethbridge. In addition to serving on the Alumni Advisory Council he serves as President of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

Aloyuisius Black Water (Computer Information Technology ’03)

Aloyuisius Black Water graduated from Lethbridge College in 2003 from the Computer Information Technology program. After he completed his studies, Aloyuisius was hired as a geographic information systems technician with Blood Tribe Land Management and later became the geomatics services manager. From 2012-2016, he served as a council member of the Blood Tribe Chief and Council and was delegated to the Economic Pillar. Aloyuisius is honoured to have been involved in the development of the Blood Tribe Agricultural Training Initiative (BTATI), a partnership between Blood Tribe Agricultural Project (BTAP), Lethbridge College and several Blood Tribe Administration departments, as well as the establishment of the new Kainai Marketplace. As a graduate of Kainai High School and proud member of the Blood Tribe, Aloyuisius is passionate about seeing members of his community succeed, and education is an important part of this. Lethbridge College has been key to Aloyuisius' personal success and he continues to be involved as an alumnus.

Gayle Weeks (Business Administration '92)

Gayle Weeks CPA, CMA graduated from Lethbridge College in 1992 with a diploma in Business Administration (Honours). Gayle furthered her education through both the University of Lethbridge and the Society of Management Accountants of Alberta earning a Certified Management Accountant designation in 1995. After eleven years working in the airline industry, Gayle joined Lethbridge College in 2005 where she has recently retired from the position of Executive Director Planning. In addition to serving on the Advisory Council, Gayle serves as a Director on the Board of Castle Mountain Resort.

Meagan Williams (Digital Communications and Media '17)

Meagan Williams graduated from the Digital Communications and Media program, completing the Digital Journalism stream with Honours, in 2016. As a relatively new alumna of the college, Meagan is currently forging her career path as a communications consultant for the City of Lethbridge. Meagan came to the college as a mature student and brought with her an extensive background in administration in the design and creative industries along with post-graduate medical education. Meagan was the recipient of several student awards during her time at the college, including the Louise McKinney Scholarship in 2015 and the prestigious Troy Reeb Scholarship in 2016. Passionate about current affairs and politics, Meagan is a proud alumna of Lethbridge College as her education has paved the way for a bright and fulfilling future.  

Jordan Karst (Communication Arts, Broadcast Journalism ‘05)

Jordan Karst graduated from the Broadcast Journalism program in 2005. After spending 18 months working at a couple of radio stations in Saskatchewan and another year in Whitecourt Alberta, he returned to Lethbridge to work at CJOC in 2007 and has been there ever since. Working his way up from producer, to afternoon show host and eventually to the morning show spot since 2014. He joined the Alumni Advisory Council largely because of the free meals it includes but also because he loves to give back to the institution where he met his wife and started his family.

Kathy Veres Sassa (Nursing ‘91)

Kathy Veres Sassa graduated from the Lethbridge College in 1991 with a diploma in Nursing. She continued her studies at the University of Lethbridge where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, followed by a Master of Education degree. Over the past 25 years, Kathy has worked as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Chinook Regional Hospital. She is also a sessional instructor for the NESA Program and a SPHERE simulation instructor at the Lethbridge College. Presently, Kathy is completing a temporary position with Alberta Health Services as the Provincial Critical Care Education Coordinator. Kathy was the 2018 Distinguished Alumni award recipient at the Lethbridge College.

Zachary Palmarin (Business Administration ‘12)

Zach Palmarin graduated from Lethbridge College in 2012 with a diploma in Business Administration. From there he continued his education at the University of Lethbridge and completed his Bachelor of Management Degree with a major in Marketing. Shortly after Zach opened Tranquility Float Centre, Lethbridge Alberta’s first float therapy centre, which specializes in sensory deprivation therapy. Zach is passionate about helping others in the community and loves working with Lethbridge College as an alumnus to bring new and innovative ideas to light.

Chelsey De Groot (Child and Youth Care '10, General Studies '12 & Justice Studies '15)

Bio coming soon!

Stephen Klassen (Culinary Careers '01)

Bio coming soon!