Wider Horizons

SHARING THE SUCCESSES OF OUR ALUMNI IN THEIR CAREERS AND THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES.

We love hearing from Lethbridge College alumni! You can find additional updates online at widerhorizons.ca. To submit your news to share with your classmates and the college community, drop us a note at WHMagazine@lethbridgecollege.ca.

2022

Sarah Hatt
Renewable Resource Management

Sarah works as an environmental scientist and is back at the college obtaining a degree in Ecosystem Management.

Simon Sharp
Natural Resource Compliance

Simon returned to Lethbridge College to complete his Conservation Enforcement degree.

 

2021

Celia Torres Moreno
Architectural Animation Technology

Celia works at the college as an instructional assistant for the Interior Design Technology and Architectural Animation Technology programs.

Sabahat Nazim
Administrative Office Professional

Sabahat  works as physician's assistant in a clinic in Lethbridge while completing the first year of the Health Services Management program at the University of Lethbridge.

Eric Reger
Multimedia Production

Eric recently moved into a continuing full-time position as LC Studio Project Facilitator in the college’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation.

Rebecca Wiens
Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology

Rebecca spent the summer working in long-term care in Ontario as a therapeutic recreationist. She returns to the University of Lethbridge in the fall to work on her Therapeutic Recreation degree.

 

2020

Kristyn Nelson
General Studies

Kristyn finished her senior practicum in with AHS Addiction and Mental Health and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She was recently hired to work as a social worker in Cold Lake.

Seth Slomp
Digital Communications and Media

Seth earned a bachelor’s degree from a university in Ireland and plans to complete a master’s degree in journalism in the U.S. He was recently hired as a communications strategist in the Athletics department at Red Deer Polytechnic.

 

2019, 2021

Cassie-Lee Hatzitolios-Mireau
Criminal Justice – Policing, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies

Cassie-Lee works an addictions counsellor with the health authority.

 

2019, 2017

Joshlyn DeRos
Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies, Criminal Justice – Policing  

Joshlyn works as a probation officer with Lethbridge/Pincher Creek Community Corrections.

Ryley Lopushinsky Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies, Criminal Justice – Policing  
Ryley just graduated from law school in Northern Ireland and is now working on completing the National Committee on Accreditation exams to qualify her degree in Canada.

 

2019

Cooper Hayward
Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Cooper works as a reclamation technician at Teck Resources in southeastern B.C.

 

2018, 2022

Miranda Harty
Primary Care Paramedic, Upgrading

Miranda started her own business - Prairie Rose Safety Services - teaching Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support and works as a primary care paramedic and an industrial firefighter. She also worked on two movies in 2022.

 

2018

Jennifer Fox
Agriculture Science

Jennifer operates a bison ranch. She is also a relationship manager of insurance for Agriculture Financial Services in Claresholm.

Jessica Moody
Correctional Studies

Jessica has worked as a correctional peace officer for more than four years at the Calgary Remand Centre. She is a control tactics instructor and the wage orientation instructor.

 

2015

Billie Bocking
Business Administration - Accounting

After graduation, Billie earned a degree from the University of Lethbridge and worked for Kawneer Company Canada. In October 2022, she started working as a Financial Analyst at Lethbridge College.

Alyssa No Runner (Ahkoiinnimakii)
General Arts and Sciences

Alyssa graduated in May 2022 from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology and Geography degree and was a “shining student” featured at graduation. She says is looking to continue her education in a master’s program that focuses on developing an Indigenous terminology that can be accessible to Blackfoot students, Indigenous students and non-Indigenous students alike. Alyssa participated in a few independent studies in her time at the university, most recently one called “Defining the Sacred” with Dr. Kevin McGeough. In a Q&A with the university,  University of Lethbridge website, Alyssa said: “Whatever I do in my career, I know it will focus on preserving Indigenous cultures while building positive relationships with academic and non-Indigenous communities so that we can all learn and appreciate Indigenous culture.”

 

2014

Monica Lockett
Communication Arts – Broadcast Journalism

In May 2022, Monica graduated with great distinction from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. In addition, as a result of her achievements as a student, she was also awarded the 2022 undergraduate gold medal (arts) for University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Arts and Science. Monica was the recipient of the Canadian Sociology Association’s Outstanding Student Award, a Chinook Summer Research Award, a Serving Communities in Partnership grant, and a grant from the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group, and she was a “shining student” featured at graduation. In a Q&A with the university, Monica said: “This academic recognition means so much to me. After working hard during my degree and pushing myself to try new experiences and explore my interests, I was truly shocked to learn that I had received the medal. It marks the accomplishments I've made and is a wonderful cap to my undergraduate journey.”

Heather Schoenroth
Correctional Studies

Heather worked at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre for 10 years and completed her degree while working there. She moved on to community corrections in 2016 and was recently promoted to senior probation officer.

Nissa Winder
Early Childhood Education

Nissa has worked at the same daycare centre since graduating and is now assistant director, resource coordinator and office supervisor.

Ryan Galay
Business Administration, Professional Golf Management

Ryan worked in the golf industry for eight years while working on his Bachelor of Commerce through Athabasca University. He currently works as the director of community services for the District of Taylor and is continuing his graduate education.

 

2012

Stephanie Gilchrist
Communication Arts – Print Journalism

Stephanie worked as a report for the Prairie Post for six years before switching careers to the medical field. She then worked as an HCA for a couple years and is now phlebotomist/process lead at Canadian Blood Services Plasma Centre in Lethbridge.

Colin Morgan
Computer Information Technology

Colin works as a software engineer at Yelp.com.

 

2006

Jillian Macdonald
Communication Arts

Jillian sent this Alumni Engagement office this update: “I owned a production company for a while, and for the last seven years I’ve been working as a videographer for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. I’ve covered a fire, floods, a pandemic… to say it hasn’t been quiet is an understatement.”

Melissa Reed Boogaart
Multimedia Production

Melissa works with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation at Lethbridge College.


 
2003

Shawn Hammond
Automotive Service Technician

Shawn owns Big Al's Auto Repair in Lethbridge.

 

2002

Christopher Gallagher
Watershed Management

Chris is a professional engineer who was a featured speaker in a November webinar discussing the Alberta Irrigation Modernization (AIM) program.  He currently works as a senior irrigation engineer for Stantec in Lethbridge. He worked for six years designing irrigation systems at the St. Mary River Irrigation District before moving into a management role with the Taber Irrigation District in 2013, and, after a brief time supporting engineering project development at the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District, he is now helping to build irrigation expertise with Stantec throughout Western Canada.

 

1998

Karen MacDonald
Civil Engineering Technology

Karen has worked at Pratt and Whitney in Lethbridge graduation, and is now a production supervisor. She earned a degree in Trades and Technology Leadership from Thompson University in Trades and Technology Leadership and is currently working on an MBA from Athabasca University.

 

1997

Joy Tataryn
Agricultural Technology

Joy worked as an agronomist for Co-op for more than six years before taking time off for family. She currently is working as sales agronomist, primarily in feed sales, for Redfern Farm Services in Shoal Lake, Man.

 

1992, 1993

Richard Tataryn
Renewable Resource Management, Conservation Enforcement

Richard works as a conservation officer at the Shoal Lake District Office.

 

1992

Dwayne Meredith
Watershed Management

Dwayne sent the Alumni Engagement office this message: “There’s too much to list but suffice it to say I'm now an engineer with Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Limited. It's a great place to work and we're hiring!”

 

1989

Jennifer Eliason
Communication Arts – Broadcast Journalism

Jennifer sent the Alumni Engagement office this update: “After 30 years in broadcasting, I am now taking a university degree for Human Resource Management. I work for Canada Homestay Network as a relationship manager, and love talking to hosts, potential hosts, students and others about what I do and why.”

Robert Roerick
Engineering Design and Drafting Technology

For 33 years, Robert has been the owner and operator of Graphically Speaking, custom building designers and planners. The company designs custom homes and offices all over Western Canada and the northwest of the United States.

 

1986

Nic Milligan
Communication Arts

Nic was recently sworn in as the newest mayor of Fernie, B.C., where he will be working to create a better place for the town while making sure the community is engaged. In an article for The Free Press, he says he looks forward to working with city staff on a “more accessible, inclusive meeting environment that welcomes public participation.” After graduating from Lethbridge College, Nic went on to work for Teck Resources Limited for nearly 25 years, where he worked his way up the ladder to manager of social responsibility, as well as being responsible for Teck Coal Indigenous Relationship. This work led Nic to being named “Friend of Ktunaxa” by the Nation Council in 2011.

 

1984

Debby (Tomsic) Savidant
Nursing

Debby sent the Alumni office this update: “I am preparing for my retirement in February 2023 from a wonderful almost 39-year career in nursing, and I am looking back fondly on my start at the Lethbridge College all those years ago. I have had a wonderful career and nursing has afforded me so many interesting opportunities, more than I could have imagined. I am finishing up as manager of the South Zone AHS Integrated Quality Management team, which oversees quality improvement, patient safety and patient relations. I have two children who also graduated from Lethbridge College and have gone on to their own life paths. Thank you to Lethbridge College for preparing me for a transition to the University of Lethbridge for my degree post grad and a very accomplished career.”

 

1977

Donna Jorgensen
Data Processing Secretarial

Donna, who started working as an administrative assistant in the Occupational Health and Safety Program with the Government of Alberta two months after she graduated from the college, received Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in October for her contributions to Alberta. The letter Jorgensen received informing her of the award said: “The Ministry of Labour and Immigration is recognizing you for your life of service to the people of Alberta. You have dedicated untold hours of volunteer service through your church, a decade of chairing the Lethbridge Steps for Life Committee raising funds to support families impacted by workplace tragedies, 30 years of community road race volunteering and 45 years of public service.” Donna told Wider Horizons “I feel very humbled and blessed to be honored with such a prestigious award for my service to Alberta, my community and my church.” The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal created to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession in 1952.

 

1970

Rick Gillis
Journalism

Rick recently published his fourth book, The Astonishing Legend of Johnny Ptuu. His first book, The Boy Who Couldn’t Die, was a finalist for the 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards. Rick is a self-published author, and he and his wife travel together to book readings to sell his stories. In a recent article for the Fort McLeod Gazette, Rick said: “It’s a holistic thing. It’s not just about the writing. It’s about engagement and talking to people.”

 

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