Wider Horizons
Celebrating the successes of our alumni in their careers and throughout their lives.

2013 Pedro Fehr, Upgrading and Business Administration (Accounting) Pedro came to the college aftercompleting an ESL program at the Taber and District Community Adult Learning Centre. He started in the Upgrading program and then moved into Business Administration, where he received his diploma in April. He was featured in a June article in the Prairie Post, which highlighted his dedication and hard work during his time in the Taber ESL program. In the article, Jane Brenner, the executive director of the centre, said “Pedro inspires us to keep doing the work we are doing and to know it is making a difference. He also inspires many learners in his same circumstances who sometimes feel they can’t do it. He is living proof they can.”

2012 Matt Gillan, Business Administration (Marketing) Matt was one of the featured speakers at the June TEDx-Lethbridge event. One of the goals of TEDx-Lethbridge is to foster the spread and application of great ideas. At TEDx events, speakers present their forward-thinking ideas with the hope that all participants will leave the conference inspired and empowered to effect positive change. Matt spoke as a “young entrepreneur” and shared the story of creating his successful clothing company, Candie Co., which he started in his basement as a grade 11 student.

Catherine Oczkowski, Early Childhood Education Catherine was one of 14 early learning and child care professionals to receive a provincial Award of Excellence this year for her work in a rural daycare. Catherine was working at the Children’s World Day Care in Pincher Creek when she received the award, which praises her for excelling at work with children and families. In a June article in the Prairie Post, Catherine said “I feel very honoured to be recognized in early childhood. ...I think the best part of my job is seeing the children’s faces when you bring something new in the room or teach them something and that expression on theirface, that wow, like ‘I’ve got it.’”

2010 Katelyn Day, Business Administration (Marketing) Katelyn wrote to Wider Horizons in May to share this update. “I really enjoyed my time at Lethbridge College. I met so many wonderful people there and miss them every day. After college, I entered the hospitality industry and have learned what it takes to open a brand new hotel. I have also been traveling the world, from San Francisco to Paris, Egypt, London, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and Asia, and sponsor a child in Ecuador. I will be moving to Australia to continue my passion for hopitality and traveling on a working holiday. You can read about my adventures at katestraveling.wordpress.com. Being at Lethbridge College, I was able to become who I am and create my own world.”

Tia Zelinski,Fashion Design and Marketing Tia was featured in a news article in the Regina Leader Post that highlighted her work as a Regina fashion designer. She is one of two Lethbridge College alumnae who have been involved in building up the new Saskatchewan Fashion Week, and she is part of a movement that is seeing the Saskatchewan fashion community take off. According to the Leader Post, she helped style and coordinate backstage at this year’s Fashion Week show, and showed her second-ever collection after getting positive feedback last year.

2008 Connie Lynne Konkin, Early Childhood Education Connie writes: “Thanks for my great education. Today, I am an Early Childhood Education manager for a staff of five and a lifelong learner!”

Darrell Romuld, Communication Arts Darrell has been named CTV Regina’s new sports anchor. After graduating from Lethbridge College, Darrell went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern Maine, where he also played hockey. He joined CTV Lethbridge as a reporter in 2008, and most recently worked as a senior reporter. In a June article in Broadcaster Magazine, he said he has a passionate connection to all sports, adding that “I’m excited about this new challenge, and about coming to a city and province which has a devoted fan base.”

2007 Alayna Chatterton, Child and Youth Care Alayna writes: “I did one year in General Studies in 2004-05 and then went on to complete a CYC diploma. After graduation, I worked with McMan Youth and Family Association in a crisis stabilization and assessment group home and the PChad (The Protection of Children Abusing Drugs) safe house. I then worked for the Lethbridge School District 51 and also took Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder education from the college. I spent the next two years working in the CYC field in Saskatchewan before staying home to raise my children, which I continue to do.”

1987 Cheryl Dick,Print Journalism Cheryl discussed “mindful choices” as one of the featured speakers at the June TEDx-Lethbridge event. TEDx-Lethbridge exists to foster the spread and application of great ideas and invites speakers to share their forwardthinking ideas and inspire participants to effect positive change. Cheryl, a 1992 Distinguished Alumni recipient and the current CEO of Economic Development Lethbridge, says she has been studying mindfulness and meditation for more than 20 years. Her talk provided observations and pointers on “the effect our habitual mind habits have on our ability to enjoy our success.”

1983 Leslie Collings,Business Administration Leslie has been appointed the new director of 21st century learning at Rocky View Schools. She had previously worked as the principal of Springbank Community High School and has more than 25 years of experience as an educator. Her new role will involve looking at ways to promote the schools’ priorities of nurturing engagement, building modern classrooms, and serving the needs of all learners. In a May article in the Airdrie Echo, she said “No one can predict what [Rocky View Schools students] will be engaged in, in the future. To be able to navigate in that world using great problem solving skills, and to be creative and innovative, that is where we are headed.”

Colin Catonio, Law Enforcement
Colin was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service effective Aug. 1, moving from the role of inspector to this new position. He has worked for the LRPS for 33 years, starting there after graduation. He also earned a diploma in Business Administration in 1997. Over the years, Colin rose through the ranks of the LRPS and was promoted to inspector in February 2003. He has served in numerous capacities throughout the service, and as an inspector, has commanded every division. He also serves on many committees and boards and is an active volunteer with Lethbridge Family Services.

New baby? New job? New hometown? Are you a multi-generational Lethbridge College family? Tell your classmates all about it by emailing WHMagazine@lethbridgecollege.ca. Be sure to include your name, your program or area of study, the year you completed your program, and a little bit about what you have been doing since you left Lethbridge College. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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