John Gustavson, LLB’72, still treasures his “life-changing” Western experiences. And today, more than 40 years later, he hopes to provide similar memories for future generations of students.
“I have such fond memories of Western. It was all amazing – the camaraderie, living away from home, learning what you want to study and really discovering who you are and what you like. I figured out who I was. If I can help others have a similar growth experience, I want to do that.”
In addition to supporting the Western Fund for many years, Gustavson recently established the John Gustavson Bursary in Arts & Humanities, which supports students in the faculty where he began his Western experience, prior to his move to the Faculty of Law.
“Western set me up for my career,” said Gustavson, now retired from his career in law, government service, association management and more than 20 years with the Canadian Marketing Association. “I’m in a position now to provide some opportunities for others. I feel strongly about students having access to a Western education.”
Although setting up the bursary allowed him to have a more targeted impact on individual students, Gustavson continues to give monthly to the Western Fund, which provides more general support in a number of areas, as well.
“When I get a thank-you letter from a student, it’s great to hear about how the bursary helped them and to learn a little about them. All giving has an impact. “There are many causes out there that need and deserve donor support that are also important. But, for me, supporting students is truly meaningful and I believe it can really make a difference in someone’s life.”
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