Edmonton couple receives Distinguished Friends of the Institute award
Len Treeter and Laurie Anfindsen have a long-standing relationship with NAIT
Edmonton philanthropists and long-time NAIT supporters Len Treeter and Laurie Anfindsen are the 2016 recipients of the Distinguished Friends of the Institute award.
Treeter, the previous owner of Woodchucks Hardwood Mouldings, attended NAIT’s Millwork and Carpentry program and later sat on the program’s advisory committee. Over the years, Treeter has served as a guest speaker about wood moulding machines, hosted students in his shop for work experience and sponsored the Millwork and Carpentry program’s industry night.
Anfindsen, a former director of Woodchucks Hardwood Mouldings, is passionate about the culinary arts, leading to her involvement with La Chaine des Rotisseurs, an international gastronomic society. The Edmonton chapter of this society has held events at Ernest’s (NAIT’s fine dining restaurant) and supported bursaries for Culinary Arts students. For the last 15 years Anfindsen has worked with Vinod Varshney, chair of NAIT’s Culinary Arts program, helping raise funds for Culinary Team NAIT, Culinary Team Alberta and Culinary Team Canada.
- Potential candidates for the Distinguished Friends of the Institute are individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the welfare and advancement of NAIT through volunteer services, endowments or other activities that benefit the institute.
- The Distinguished Friend of the Institute award was established in 1985.
Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO
“Len and Laurie truly understand the value of a NAIT education. They are very deserving of this award for their contributions to NAIT and for making our city a better place to live.”
Len Treeter, Distinguished Friends of the Institute award recipient
“NAIT has an outstanding reputation in the community for offering hands-on education and providing businesses with highly-trained and qualified employees. I’m honoured to receive this award along with Laurie and proud to be associated with this polytechnic.”
Laurie Anfindsen, Distinguished Friends of the Institute award recipient
“Our connection with NAIT is on-going. Our families have a long history of working in the trades and we remain strong supporters of the institute. Lovers of wine and fine food, we are also pleased to support the Culinary Arts program. I’m happy to be recognized with a Distinguished Friends of the Institute award.”
Distinguished Friend of the Institute
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.