Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall presented Lakehead Orillia a cheque for $1 million at a ceremony with students, staff and faculty in the Orsi Family Learning Commons.

To date, the county has donated approximately $8.5 million to Lakehead Orillia since 2009.

“The County of Simcoe has been extremely supportive of our Lakehead Orillia campus since its inception in 2006,” said Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson. “These contributions have supported the growth of teaching, community service and research activities on campus, which can be seen through the successes of our students.”

“Our Council continues to step up and invest in expanding our local post-secondary education capacity,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “This investment supports our economy, fuels our labour market and provides our students with a more affordable local opportunity to obtain a world-class education.”

Lakehead Orillia Principal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans addressed the impact of these investments in the continuous growth of the Orillia campus. “Investing in our campus to better meet needs of our current and prospective students will reap positive benefits as it impacts future enrollment and further economic development for the region.”

Pictured L to R: Lakehead Orillia student Cody Avery, Lakehead Orillia Principal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Lakehead University Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson, County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall, Mayor Basil Clarke from the Township of Ramara, and Mayor Mike Burkett from the Township of Severn.