2012 Distinguished Alumni announced

Feb. 3, 2012 – Lethbridge College has chosen the recipients of its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These three individuals are among the many accomplished people who credit their time at Lethbridge College for their successes.

Steven W. Meszaros (Business Administration ’76) has received the top award of Distinguished Alumnus. Meszaros, co-owner of Avonlea Homes, has established one of the region’s most successful and sustainable businesses, nurtures the training and development of young tradespeople, and gives back to the community in many public and behind-the-scenes ways. Among the many charities that Meszaros and Avonlea support are STARS, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club, Toys for Tots, and, of course, his alma mater, Lethbridge College, where he earned his Business Administration diploma in 1976. He is a larger-than-life leader in southern Alberta and is greatly respected for his work at building homes – and building community.

Rod McLeod (Child and Youth Care ’03) is the recipient of the Community Leader honour. He is recognized for his success in collaborative projects, for his motivation, dedication, leadership and initiative, and for his work for and with Alberta youth. He served in the Canadian Air Force and in 2008 received a Special Service medal for his work at No. 3 Fighter Wing at Grotinquin, France. He started college at the age of 66, earning a diploma in Child and Youth Care and later completed courses in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education program at the age of 70. He serves as a Metis elder and advisor to Lethbridge College students, among other jobs, and his experience and knowledge about life in general and FNMI life in particular are valued resources to the entire southern Alberta community.

The award for Career Virtuoso goes to Diane (Irvine) Shanks (Nursing ’81). She is recognized for her success in the design, delivery and leadership of emergency care services in southern Alberta. Shanks studied nursing at Lethbridge College and has been praised for her leadership of emergency care personnel in Taber and Lethbridge following the Taber High School tragedy in 1999. More recently, she successfully led an initiative to decrease wait times in the emergency room, an initiative which has resulted in the shortest emergency department waits in the province and earned her and the hospital local, provincial and national recognition and praise. She is recognized as a dedicated, gifted nurse and administrator and is a respected leader in her field.

We are pleased to be recognizing alumni who play such important roles in our community, in industry and at Lethbridge College,” says John Milder, Alumni Advisory Council Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the Distinguished Alumni Committee.