News Archive

Balestrini goes distance in running, research

October 12, 2019

Marathon runner Chris Balestrini, BSc’15, MSc’17, does more before 8 a.m. than some of us do all day.

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New director lights ‘beacon’ for students

October 9, 2019

Amanda Myers, BA’11, BEd’13, has taken on the new role of Director of Western's Indigenous Student Centre.

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Baking up batches of kindness

October 1, 2019

Deb Parr-Nash and Joanne Lombardi, BA’81, BEd’84, are making the world a nicer place – one cookie at a time.

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Alumna making her mark on e-learning

September 30, 2019

Crowdmark CEO Michelle Caers, BA’94, is one of the country’s leading e-learning entrepreneurs.

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Alumnus tapped for top Bank of Canada role

September 23, 2019

Toni Gravelle, BA’88, PhD’96 (Economics), has been named a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada.

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Gibson remembered as ‘cutting-edge’ author

September 20, 2019

Author and conservationist Graeme Gibson, BA’58, is being remembered as a writer who was in the vanguard of Canadian literature.

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Alumnus targets public health via social media

September 17, 2019

Sajjed Fazel, MPH’18, began a social-media blitz for public health in Tanzania – and launched a movement that continues to grow in the east African country.

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Finding happiness by degrees on campus and in life

September 6, 2019

Gillian Mandich, BHSc’07, MSc’12, PhD’19, has a message for students: Make time for gratitude, regardless of circumstances on any given day.

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Alumna’s Lucy inspires kids to get active, try

September 5, 2019

Author Lisa Bowes, BA’88 (Physical Education), recently released Lucy Tries Basketball, the fifth book in her Lucy Tries Sports series which encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation.

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Marking 40 years of being a ‘little bit rah-rah’

September 4, 2019

David Lee Tracey, BA’81, (Physical Education), Western Mustang Cheerleaders Coach, is entering his 40th year with a squad still motivating fans and winning championships across North America nearly a century after its founding.

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Alumna searches for botanist’s trailblazing work

August 23, 2019

During her lifetime, botanist Kate Crooks received international acclaim for her work. But the whereabouts of those labours today – 500 pages of plant samples Crooks collected and pressed in the 1860s – remain a puzzle Anna Soper, MLIS’16, is determined to solve.

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Musical puts mental-health struggles on stage

August 23, 2019

Thalia Ranjbar, BA’19, and Jake Schindler, BMus’18, Bsc’19, are presenting Where Do We Begin?, a musical about four friends coming to terms with the suicide of their friend and finding ways to speak out about their own struggles with mental illness.

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Business turns one-time wear into lasting impact

August 15, 2019

Sisters Madison, BMOS’20, and Jenessa, BA’14, MSc’18, Olson run STMNT, a clothing rental service the pair founded where our users can rent clothes from local boutiques.

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Music alumna heads Ontario Youth Choir

August 15, 2019

Vicki St. Pierre, BMus’96, MMus’98, spent the week as conductor of the Ontario Youth Choir, Aug. 9-16, at Western.

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Art exhibition helps inspire action on addiction

August 14, 2019

Curated by Matthew Ryan Smith, PhD’12, the recent CURTAIN exhibition at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant showed expressions of memory, love, death, kinship and grief, by artist Jeff Bierk.

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Alumnus leads engineering design in global defence industry

August 12, 2019

Dave Crocker, BESc’86, is at the forefront of innovative engineering design in the defence industry worldwide.

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Alumna, animals aid others in coping with challenges

August 7, 2019

Her office consists of goats, dogs, chickens and horses. To some, a menagerie like that would make for unusual co-workers. But for Morrigan Reilly-Ansons, BA'07, they are part of her commitment to helping others cope with life’s challenges.

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Marvel names alumnus as latest superhero

July 23, 2019

Simu Liu, HBA'11, has been cast as the lead in the new Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

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Alumni honoured as top Canadian immigrants

July 21, 2019

A senior official with the Toronto Stock Exchange and an up-and-coming real estate lawyer – both community-driven Western alumni – have been named among Canada’s Top 25 immigrants in an award sponsored by RBC and Canadian Immigrant magazine.

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Alumnus wants virtual world to be senior reality

July 19, 2019

Daniel Kharlas, BSc’16 (Psychology), MSc’19 (Psychology), General Manager of VRcadia, is building on his earliest gaming success by expanding virtual reality’s role in society, especially focused on seniors.

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