Ryan Walsh, BSc'14, has been recognized with a 'Rising Star' Award from Health Promotion Canada. The award is open to any Canadian working in health promotion and recognizes health promoters who have an exceptional track record of professional achievements, display exemplary personal leadership qualities, and exhibit strong potential for making future contributions to health promotion in Canada or globally.
Right after graduating, Rachael Luby, BA'16, accepted a full-time position as Communications Coordinator at the London Economic Development Corporation. She also got engaged that same summer on a little island along Kapikog Lake, and she and her fianc' bought their first home in 2017 in London, Ont. The couple got married Sept. 2 at Hessenland Country Inn along the Bluewater Highway between Grand Bend and Bayfield. 'I married my highschool sweetheart and we've been together over eight years now. I feel very lucky for the opportunities Western gave me, both through my education and work study. I feel invigorated every time I get to visit campus #PurpleandProud #LondonProud.'
Shortly after graduating with her Master's, Nicole Corbo, BA'16 (King's), MLIS'18, got a job as a Records Coordinator at Loblaw Companies Limited in Brampton.
Melissa Aris, BA'10 (Brescia), and David Aris are pleased to announce the birth of their baby girl Martine, born October 9, 2018 weighing 7lbs 7ozs.
Maximilian Specht, BA'15, is Associate Creative Director at Artifakt Digital, North America's leading marketing agency for top-performing real estate agents.
Marie Scholz, BA'17, started a digital marketing agency called Waves Digital Canada. 'We give young people opportunities to work with massive companies in web design, social media, content creation and public relations. Our employees work remotely and everyone has the opportunity to build relationships with the clients. Technology and engineering are our specialties, but we are breaking into the business-to-consumer market as well.'
After graduation, Marcia Pelcz, BA'19 (Brescia), received a full-time job as a Child & Youth Worker. 'It has been an incredible experience taking everything I've learned during my schooling and placements and using it in my new job. Although it is a highly stressful environment working in a group home with children with a variety of diagnoses, the rewarding experience is beyond worth it.'
Laura Santaguida, BMOS'12, and Gabriel Brutto, JD'14, HBA'14, were married on June 16, 2018. 'We want to give our best regards to our fellow alumni. We developed strong friendships at Western and it was so nice to have our friends at our wedding and part of our special day! We both had a great University experience and we wish the best of luck to all the current students.'
Kristin Lee, BA'19, landed her first job after graduation at the Western Gazette as the managing editor.
From Kate Fraser, BA'15 (Health Sciences, Psychology): 'I got married! Before my last year of university I moved to southern Alberta for a summer job. Funny enough, I was hiking in Canmore when I passed a fellow hiker who also went to Western. She recognized my Western hoodie! I met a great man and moved west right when I finished at Western. Flash forward four crazy years and I have a dog (two actually!), a house and now a husband!'
Joel Sherlock, MLIS'13, MA'14 (History), has taken on a new position as Manager of Genealogical and Archival Research at Crown-Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada.
Joanna Phillips, BMOS'14, joined ESOP Builders Inc. as Vice President and will take on strategic roles such as business development, marketing and talent. ESOP Builders is a national consulting firm located in Toronto offering expertise on Employee Share Ownership Plans (ESOPs) to small, medium and large privately held companies across Canada.
Jessica Chambers, BA'13 (Political Science), and Steven Andrews, BESc'13, got married in Mississauga, Ont. on July 7, 2018. They've been together for over 10 years and attended Western together.
As co-founder of JobJunxion Inc., Jack Litchfield, BA'15 (Political Science), aims to make it easier for students to find relevant employment and help employers find the talent they need to grow.
Heonjun Lee, BMOS'19, got a job in downtown Toronto at MNP working as a staff accountant.
Erin Downey, MBA'17, and Taylor Johnson were married in Seattle, Washington on March 17, 2018 after meeting in university.
Emily Opthof, BSc'17 (Brescia), is a dietitian in Lambton County and since graduation has been teaching high school classes and Schulich Family Medicine residents; manages a patient caseload of more than 100, and runs a nutrition blog.
Don Lafreniere, PhD'15 (Geography), former Vanier Canada Scholar, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Geography and GIS at Michigan Tech University. He is also the Director of the Geospatial Research Facility at the Great Lakes Research Center.
Charles (Chih-Ying) Ho, BA'11 (Economics), recently joined Alibaba Group's Global Talent Development program under the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy created by Jack Ma. Charles was selected from over 5,000 candidates from around the world and is currently the international business development manager at Tmall, the largest business-to-consumer retail platform in Asia with over 617 million monthly active consumers.
Carlos Salgado, MESc'18, married Zumico Villalobos on Dec. 28, 2018. He started working full-time at Diamond Aircraft on March 11.
Brittany Sitzes, BA'13, got engaged to Spencer Houlihan earlier this year and bought a second home. The couple also welcomed a new member to the family, Fred, an Irish Doodle.
Britiny Landry, BA'17 (King's), recently started her career with the Thames Valley District School Board working as a custodian. 'Most people assume I majored in English to become a teacher; I majored in English because I love literature and wanted to immerse myself in novels and learn. My dream is to one day publish my own novel, but for now I am so pleased to be working with the school board.
Brett Higgs, BMOS'11, was a panelist at the 20th Anniversary of the Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners Caribbean Conference.
Brea Hickey, BA'10 (Huron), and her partner Nathan Medeiros purchased their first home in September 2018 in London, Ont. and the couple got engaged on June 8.
Ashley McGuire, BA'13, and Mike Tithecott, BMusA'13, got engaged on Dec. 3, 2018. Both were members of the University Students' Council executive while at Western.
Amanda Bartlett, BA'13, married Jon Hindley, BA'13, on Sept. 22, 2018 after meeting in Saugeen-Maitland Hall in their first year at Western in 2009.
After graduating, Amanda Oppedisano, BFA'12, MFA'14, worked with a few start-ups and then moved into the field of real estate and mortgages. After a few years in the industry, she decided to venture out on her own and opened a mortgage brokerage in August 2018. 'Thanks to Western for the connections and experience where I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone - I discovered my love of networking which ultimately led me to opening my own business!' Amanda and her fianc' will be getting married later in 2019.
Ahsan Syed, BSc/HBA'15, was one of two Canadians selected from over 900 eligible applicants by the British Foreign Commonwealth Office to receive the highly selective Chevening Scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition and living expenses for a one-year Master's program in the UK. Syed will be studying an MSc in Environmental Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics.