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Western University Be Extraordinary The Campaign For Western

Shaping the Western Experience

August 31, 2016

Shaping the Western experience

Western’s Be Extraordinary Campaign aims to raise $750 million by 2018 to help educate the next generation of leaders and enhance the impact of our research.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, we have so far raised more than $645 million – 86 per cent of that goal. While we still have work to do, we are incredibly proud of what you’ve helped us accomplish and we are grateful for your contributions to the Western Experience.

In this issue of Impact Western, you will read about two of our newly created Chairs: the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity and the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Central Banking. Both of these prestigious academic positions were made possible through donor support and will help Western attract leaders in their fields.

You will also meet Kevin Vuong, BMOS’11, who shares how his experiences as a second-generation immigrant and the first person in his family to attend university inspired him to make a gift in his will to support future generations of community-minded Western business students.

Also included in this issue are stories about a few of the many students benefiting from awards and scholarships made possible by donor support. Justin Alexander overcame numerous challenges, including abuse, drugs and being homeless, before coming to Western. He just completed his first year in Engineering and plans to pursue a career in environmental engineering.

Craig Logan, another recipient, was a competitive cyclist sidelined by a concussion. He made the decision to pursue a different passion and is currently completing his Master of Financial Economics degree and an internship at the Bank of Canada.

I hope you are as impressed as I am by the opportunities being created as a result of the support we receive from extraordinary alumni and friends like you. On behalf of the Western community, thank you for your continued and inspiring support of Western and our students.


Amit Chakma
President & Vice-Chancellor
Western University

This article appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of Impact Western
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