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Celebrating your support

January 30, 2017

Celebrating your support
President & Vice-Chanecellor, Amit Chakma, welcomed Western donors at a holiday reception this past December.

It was my honour and pleasure to host Western’s committed supporters at the President’s Holiday Reception this past December. I found it heartwarming and energizing to celebrate our recent successes with those who care so deeply about the future of the University and that of our extraordinary students.

We are nearing the finish line of our ambitious $750-million Be Extraordinary campaign, having reached more than 87 per cent of our goal. We simply couldn’t have made it this far without you. Thank you for continuing to show your support for Western.

In this issue of Impact Western, you will see how several recent major gifts are changing the lives of our students and the lives of those in our community.

For example, a significant personal gift from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Ting-Yim Lee and his wife, Maggie, has led to the creation of a research chair in cardiac CT imaging. The research conducted by this chair will alter treatment outcomes for patients suffering from cardiac events and has the potential to reduce unnecessary surgeries and, ultimately, save lives.

Our students’ health and wellness is a top priority. We are thankful for a $1-million gift from the Fairmount Foundation to support Western’s Wellness Education Centre — a drop-in, one-stop shop for students seeking mental-health and wellness resources, nutrition information, as well as sexual-violence prevention education and survivors’ support.

You will also read about in-kind support of software that’s giving our Law students a leg-up, as well as a planned gift from Joyce Garnett, University Librarian Emeritus, who aims to inspire future development and growth in Western Libraries.

Thank you for being a part of our extraordinary mission. With your help, we are providing the best student experience and transforming high performing students into tomorrow’s leaders.

Amit Chakma
President & Vice-Chancellor
Western University


This article appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of Impact Western
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