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Sirje Jarvel Lautens

Class of 1986 – BA, Innis

Sirje Jarvel Lautens transferred from Woodsworth College to Innis College in 1982 whereupon she met her husband, Richard Lautens, a 1988 Innis graduate and now an award-winning photographer for the Toronto Star. Besides serving as Vice President (Government) of the Innis College Student Society (ICSS), Sirje was named Innis College Female Athlete of the year in 1985, and her rhythmic gymnastics routines were a highlight of Innis talent shows.

After graduating with a BA in History and being awarded an Innis Graduation Medal in 1986, Sirje pursued a fashion modelling and acting career. At the same time, she managed to remain active in the Innis College Alumni Association, serving as President from 1987 to 1991. In 1994, she left her career to become Innis College’s first Alumni and Community Relations Officer. In the four years that she held this position she was also Editor of the Alumni Newsletter, Executive Secretary of the Harold Innis Foundation, and Program Coordinator of Later Life Learning.


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