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Supporting First Nations students

March 12, 2013

Supporting First Nations students
To celebrate his late wife Margery, Peter Baldwin, BA'62 (pictured, second from right) has donated funds to support First Nations students at Western.

Peter Baldwin, BA’62, and his late wife Margery, BA’63, have a long history of giving to Western. That commitment grew in 2012, when Baldwin contributed $600,000 to support First Nations programs and indigenous study initiatives.

“This gift continues our commitment to Western and celebrates my wife,” says Baldwin. “It also reflects our desire to help address an ever-increasing need.”

Part of the gift will provide entrance bursaries for First Nations students who are pursuing undergraduate studies, as well as support an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Other funds will be devoted to First Nations resources at Western Libraries, including the acquisition of rare materials that will support research and teaching across many academic departments. Additional monies are committed to the Indigenous Services Centre to help break down educational barriers for First Nations students.

“When I learned how Western provides a summer camp for First Nations youth, I was blown away by the idea,” says Baldwin, of the Access Transitions Program, which brings 11- to 14-year-olds to Western for a week. “This program is a great way to inspire young people and show them that attending university is possible.”

This article appeared in the Winter 2013 edition of Impact Western
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