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Many experiences make up the Western Experience

August 8, 2016

Many experiences make up The Western Experience

Opportunities. Life-changing experiences. Gratitude. These are just a few of the commonly used words that we hear from our donors and alumni when they share why they choose to support Western and our students.

Words like these speak to the power an experience has to shape a person’s life.

Each year, we reach out to our alumni, donors and friends and ask them to contribute to Western’s Annual & Leadership Giving program. Last year, more than 24,100 donors, including you, contributed a total of $8,316,553 to support Western students in their academic pursuits and journeys.

In this issue of Annual Impact, you will meet John Gustavson, LLB’72, one of our generous donors who is inspired to give because he believes in the value of continuing the legacy of the extraordinary Western Experience he remembers.

You will also read stories about students who benefited from your generosity. Despite coming from diverse backgrounds and having very different interests and goals for the future, they each share a common drive to be the best at what they do.

Laura Graham is a Kinesiology student who dreams of playing semi-professional basketball in Europe.

Andrew Scarffe just completed his master’s degree and hopes to help improve health systems one day.

Boya Zhang moved from her home in China and overcame many challenges to realize her dream of becoming an accountant.

Music student and singer Sharang Sharma is spending his third year in England studying Music History.

When I look at these students’ stories, I’m inspired not only by their individual achievements, but also by the variety of the experiences Western is able to offer to them.

Thanks to your support, we can make it possible for students like Laura, Andrew, Boya and Sharang to experience the best of Western, to achieve their goals and succeed, just as generations of previous students who have walked this campus have done before them.


Kendra Lealess
Executive Director, Annual & Leadership Giving

This article appeared in the 2016 edition of Annual Impact
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