It is such a pleasure to have my first opportunity to write a message for Wider Horizons, and I am delighted that it is an issue filled with stories and photos meant to inspire.
Much of the college experience is intended to inspire, after all. We want our students to be encouraged to pursue the subjects they are passionate about, to challenge themselves and investigate and explore. We want our staff members to find innovative ways to share their knowledge and experiences with students and colleagues at the college and beyond. And we want our programs to reflect the latest developments and techniques in the field and our applied research projects to be inspired by and meet the needs of industry.
All of the stories and photos in this issue of Wider Horizons were made with inspiration in mind. As this issue of our magazine is given out to each graduate at Convocation, we thought it fitting to focus on some of the people and organizations in our community who are both memorable and motivating. And so in the following pages, you’ll read about alumni who have taken risks to pursue their dreams, students who have come to the college after working in other fields with hopes of achieving their most ambitious goals, and staff members who have turned challenges into triumphs.
You’ll also get a glimpse into what my first week on the job was like – quite busy but also very exciting and satisfying. And of course, you’ll find all of the familiar features you love to see in Wider Horizons, including a peek inside the environmental science lab of the cutting-edge Cousins Building and a succulent, savory recipe for “Beer Can Chicken” provided by our inspiring chefs in the college’s Culinary Careers program.
The people in these stories are typical of those in the larger Lethbridge College community and are much like the college itself. They are leaders who contribute to the economic and social prosperity in southern Alberta and beyond. They look to create opportunities for themselves and others by building on their strengths. And we are proud of them all.
There is a group we are especially proud of at this moment though, and I’d like to end with a special note to them, the convocates who will be walking across that stage on April 26, making that important transition from Lethbridge College student to alumni. We are eager to welcome you to the vibrant Lethbridge College alumni community, and we look forward to watching you engage in your own communities and professions and seeing your leadership in action. Who will you inspire? What stories will you come back to share? Whatever they are, I know this much is true – all of us at Lethbridge College truly look forward to hearing them.