Lakeland College hands out honours at convocation

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June 9, 2015 8:15 AM

Bill Musgrave never graduated from a post-secondary institution, but on Friday, June 5, the owner of Musgrave Agencies walked out of Lakeland College with an honorary bachelor of applied business degree.

“It means they watered it down quite a bit, they had some pretty deserving recipients for quite a while,” Musgrave said with a laugh, before getting more serious. “No, of course it means a lot to me, I would have had no way of anticipating that that could happen.”

Musgrave, whose real estate company has been operating in Lloydminster since 1978, was recognized at the Lakeland College Lloydminster campus convocation with the honorary degree for his contributions to the Border City’s businesses community.

As a leader in large-scale residential development, Musgrave has been involved with land development and leaseback properties, and has also worked with Husky in the mechanical maintenance business.

But on Friday, he was in no mood to talk about himself. Instead, he deferred the spotlight to other graduates, past and present, of the school.

“I’m always enthused with bright young people,” he said.

Those individuals, Musgrave says, include his son and daughter, both of whom are graduates of Lakeland College, with degrees in business and education, respectively. It also includes Wendy Plandowski, who received her own dose of recognition at the graduation ceremony.

“I would have been in the second graduating class in this building. I started in this building in my first year, so yeah, it’s pretty awesome,” she said.

The college selected Plandowski as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award (Lloydminster campus). The honour returned her to the place she graduated from in 1991 as a member of the university transfer program.

“Sometimes I say that I feel like I was raised by Lakeland and within Lakeland. I came here right out of high school, I had some really wonderful instructors here when I was a student, and then I had some great employment experience here as well.”

As a professional, Plandowski served in various roles for Lakeland College, including director of alumni and corporate development, director of community relations and Lloydminster campus principal. In 2013, she joined the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation as its chief executive officer.

Plandowski also highlighted her family’s history at Lakeland College, going as far back as 1935 when her grandmother attended the institution.

And on a day when Musgrave was pushing acknowledgment onto others, Plandowski did the same to him.

“It’s an extreme honour to be recognized on the same day as Bill Musgrave. Bill’s been a mentor to many business people and students in our community. He is very much an unsung hero. He doesn’t like a lot of attention and credit but I’m ecstatic that Lakeland is recognizing him today because he has been one of our community leaders that I don’t know where our community would have been without him.”

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