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Project healthy living

October 22, 2012

Project healthy living
Michelle Amri takes her healthy message to Western students - and the world.

Talk to Michelle Amri and she might tell you to butt out. She’s not being rude. Rather she wants you to know about Butt Out, a Western student club she belongs to that educates young people about the dangers of smoking.

“We’ve been raising awareness about the tobacco industry and smoking,” says Michelle, “especially since the smoking rate is rising among teenagers.”

This volunteer work is just one way Michelle, who is completing her bachelor’s degree in health sciences, specializing in health promotion, exudes her passion for healthy living.

A recipient of a Parents’ Fund award, Michelle takes her education to heart. “Helping others is something I’ve always found to be personally meaningful and rewarding,” says the active volunteer, who has also coached ice-skating to young children and mentored Grade 2 students in math, literacy and health. “Because of the award, I could pay more attention to my studies, while continuing my volunteer work.”

In a surprising move, Michelle took her message to the pageant runway this spring by participating in the Miss World Canada competition in Vancouver. “This experience was so out of character for me,” says the reserved 20-year-old, of a pageant that features young women who “donate time and energy to good causes.”

While she placed out of the top-10, she’s thankful for the experience. “It was an incredible opportunity to not only represent my hometown,” says the London resident, “but to serve as a platform to advocate for better public health initiatives.”

Such a public event underscores Michelle’s desire to always give her best. “When I received the award from The Parents’ Fund, I was ecstatic,” she says. “It was a great motivator and a boost to my confidence to keep going. I worked hard on my studies, and, this year, I made the Dean’s List.”

For Michelle, those who support Western are making a great investment. “Donors can take great pride in what they give because they’re investing in many bright and promising students who will contribute to a better society for everyone,” she adds. “I’m humbled to be a recipient of such generosity and to be supported by the broader Western community.”

This article appeared in the 2012 edition of Western's Parent Connection
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