Wider Horizons MagazineAlberta’s Lethbridge College is one of nine Canadian educational institutions that received recognition from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) 2014 Circle of Excellence Awards. The Circle of Excellence awards showcases exceptional work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing and is open to those working at member colleges, universities, independent schools and nonprofits around the world. Lethbridge’s Wider Horizons publication received a gold award in the Community College Magazine category.

We are thrilled with the recognition from CASE – and grateful to the leadership of the college for seeing the value of publishing a compelling, well-crafted alumni and community magazine,” managing editor Lisa Kozleski said.

There were over 3,000 submissions to the CASE awards from 630 institutions around the world. CASE recognized Wider Horizons spring and fall 2013 issue, which focused on topics of inspiration and discovery.

An aspect that sets Wider Horizons apart from others is that we think of it as more than an alumni magazine,” Kozleski said. “The magazine goes out to about 18,000 alumni each issue, and to about 18,000 readers of Lethbridge Living, Lethbridge’s city magazine. The magazine is also delivered to about 1,800 local business and distributed on campus. So while alumni are essential to what we do—and we are always on the lookout to share the most captivating photos and stories of our alumni from around the world—we also make sure that each story is of interest to our community as well.

The theme of their most recent issue, Spring/Summer 2014, focuses on how the lives and work of many Lethbridge College students, staff and alumni revolve around food – including the chefs, writers and outstanding home cooks who are featured throughout the pages.

This group of food enthusiasts extends far beyond those whose stories are included in this issue. It also includes family farmers like Dave and Joanne Harris (Agricultural Mechanics 1992) of Harris Farms in Coaldale. Their Lethbridge Farmers’ Market stand always has a long line of devoted customers seeking their exceptional eggs and prized poultry, as well as pork and grass-fed and finished beef.

It includes the many business owners working to bring unique and local products to the community, including Cheryl Meheden and Ling Liu. Meheden is an instructor in the Business Administration program who created the Urban Grocer by transforming a historic local grocery store into an outlet for local food, gluten-free and organic products, and artisan snack foods and drinks. Liu (Business Administration 2009) opened up L.A. International Foods in Lethbridge in 2011 to bring high quality imported foods from different parts of the world as well as exceptional local products to her customers.

And it includes people like Cornelius Mans (Business Administration 2013), who grew up on an organic farm and now is a part owner of Galimax Trading, Inc., which supplies fresh produce to restaurants and stores in Calgary, Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise.

Wider Horizons is published each January, April and September.  A digital copy is available online at: http://widerhorizons.ca.