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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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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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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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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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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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Alumna cultivates career in food processing

July 17, 2019

Growing up with exposure to the food industry through farming, Sharon Flaherty, BESc’15, had an underlying interest in learning where our food comes from.

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Alumna trumpets women’s health and rights

July 15, 2019

Stefania Wisofschi, BSc’16, MMASc’17, is heading to Nairobi for an eight-month fellowship through the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s International Youth Fellowship Program.

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Alumna tapped to lead United Way campaign

June 21, 2019

Christy Bacik, BA’92 (Political Science), is showcasing her passion for volunteerism after being named Chair and Chief ChangeMaker for the 2019 United Way Elgin Middlesex campaign.

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Alumnus capitalizes on Canada’s cannabis industry

June 12, 2019

Mario Naric, BESc’14, has founded Motif Labs, a full-service cannabis and hemp extraction company.

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Alumnus counts self among Raptors originals

June 10, 2019

Karl Toulouse, BA’09, has been courtside as a statistician for the Toronto Raptors for the last 24 seasons.

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Spear Chief-Morris joins FISU delegation

June 7, 2019

Joy SpearChief-Morris, BA’17 (History, First Nations Studies), has been added to the Athletics team. She will run the 100m hurdles as part of the games in Italy.

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Alumnus marks fandom one jersey at a time

June 4, 2019

Rawad Serhan, BSc’14, has gone viral with a video celebrating his Toronto Raptors fandom.

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Hasenfratz named Western’s 23rd Chancellor

May 23, 2019

Linamar Corporation CEO and philanthropist Linda Hasenfratz, BSc’89, MBA’97, has been named Western’s 23rd Chancellor.

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Alumna uses technology for social good

May 15, 2019

By using technology to create social impact, Natasha Jimenez, BA'14, BESc'14, has built a career that seamlessly combines her two degrees towards her passion for humanitarian design.

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Notable organist finds keys to perfect sound

May 6, 2019

Wherever John Vandertuin, BMus'82, MMus'88, has played – in practice rooms at Western and concert halls of California; in a cathedral in Paris, France, and in St. Paul’s United Church in Paris, Ont. – the organ has been his compass.

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