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It’s all about our students

September 8, 2015

It's all about our students
Kendra Lealess, Director, Annual Giving & Leadership: "At Western, it's all about our students. They truly benefit from your support. With the help of your donations, you are equipping them with opportunities and experiences to go and change the world."

Every day, I’m inspired by our students, who are embarking on their personal journeys at Western.

These journeys can take them to other parts of the world for academics, service or sports. These journeys provide opportunities for them to spend their days learning, studying, researching, debating and participating. And these journeys are supported by our Western community of staff, faculty, donors and friends who get to play a small role in their adventure.

Having worked at Western for 10 years, I know that without financial support from donors, like you, many of our students would not be able to pursue their journey at Western. I’m proud we are able to provide them with the best academic experience – and we make a commitment to give them the resources they need to achieve their dreams.

Our commitment includes providing scholarships and bursaries that support our students’ academic pursuits. Through awards for graduate student research and overseas learning experiences to funding for athletic teams and student programs, our desire is to give our students every opportunity to achieve their goals.

Your generosity makes it possible to deliver on our commitment. Thank you for giving to Western and supporting our students and their academic journeys.

In this newsletter, you will read about donors, like you, who believe in the value of giving back, as well as about students who benefited from your generosity.

Take Jenna Butler, BSc’09, PhD’15. Her computer simulations are providing hard data about the best treatment combinations for various forms of cancer. Her research has the potential to save lives.

Or take Rachel Goldstein, BA’17, who received a Global Opportunities Award to visit war-torn Rwanda. She travelled there to make a difference in the lives of Rwandans and, in return, came home a changed person.

Last year, more than 11,650 donors, including you, provided $10.7 million to support Western students through our Annual & Leadership Giving program. Thank you for your generosity.

At Western, it’s all about our students. Through your gifts, you are equipping them with opportunities and experiences that will last a lifetime.


Kendra Lealess
Director, Annual & Leadership Giving

This article appeared in the 2015 edition of Annual Impact
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