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Considering the sum of your gifts

The best experience means something different to every student.

by Kendra Lealess | September 1, 2017

For some, it’s immersing themselves in a new culture and giving back to a community halfway around the world. For others, it’s being part of a supportive team and excelling in athletics. For more still, it’s engaging in extra-curricular activities and in-depth research alongside top scholars.

In all cases, support from donors, alumni and friends to our Annual & Leadership Giving program enables students to take advantage of these opportunities. In the 2016-17 academic year, you, along with more than 25,700 donors, contributed more than $10.1 million to let Western students define that best experience for themselves.

In this issue of Annual Impact, you will see how it all adds up. How about when more than 400 donors came together to provide a free breakfast for students during exam time? That added up for students when half of the donation bought breakfast, and half went to the Wellness Education Centre to support a safe, comfortable campus environment.

Then there are Cindy Clarke, BA’93, LLB’97, and Chris Osborne, BSc’93, MSc’94. Their gift added up when they established a Western Law entrance award celebrating diversity and leadership and ensuring that Law students feel like they have a home at Western.

Or what about Avery Lafortune, BA’17? For her, your gifts added up by allowing her to engage in community-service learning across the globe each year of her undergraduate degree. You shaped her global perspective and enhanced her academic experience.

And finally, what about Spencer Lalonde, MD’16? Your gifts helped this second-year Medical resident conducting research with heart transplant patients by easing the sizable financial burden that comes with becoming a cardiologist.

With your continued support, our students will define what the Western Experience means to them and make their time on campus count. It all adds up when you see the big picture.

Kendra Lealess
Executive Director, Annual & Leadership Giving

This article appeared in the 2017 edition of Annual Impact
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