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Hooked on volunteering

September 4, 2013

Hooked on volunteering
History student Gordon Vance gives back in the best way he knows how. He volunteers his time to make Western a great community.

Some might call Gordon Vance a volunteer junkie. Just look at his weekly schedule.

Besides excelling in his history studies, Gordon serves as a student club president, history journal editor, art gallery volunteer and student safety patrol officer. On top of that, he works as a campus tour guide.

“Getting involved on campus is a great way to give back,” says Gordon. “Western has already given me as much as my whole life experience has.”

Serving as head of the Undergraduate History Society fits with Gordon’s academic ambitions to expand his interest in British history and pursue graduate studies in the U.K.

He volunteers as editor-in-chief of The Mirror, an undergraduate history journal published at Western.

“I work with a team of students to select and edit articles,” says Gordon of the journal, “which is a great training ground to deepen my love of history.”

He helps out too at McIntosh Gallery, which houses Western’s art collection.

“I have a casual interest in art, but I’ve been given opportunities at the gallery to work in the archives and conduct research,” says Gordon, who is a recipient of the W. Donald R. Eldon Scholarship. “That archival work feeds my curiosity of history.”

On weekends, Gordon serves on Western Foot Patrol – an on-campus service where a pair of patrollers escort students to their destination.

“This is a great way to volunteer because I’m helping provide safety for others, and at the same time, I get a study break and some exercise,” he adds.

These volunteer activities – and countless more – highlight how students can gain valuable experiences while at Western. From student-run clubs to community service projects, there are plenty of opportunities for students to explore new interests and tackle new challenges.

“Participating in volunteer work is part of what makes Western great – and shows the Western community cares,” he says.

“You can make a difference and learn while you’re giving your time and energy.”

Volunteer opportunities
Community service and volunteer work are vital parts of The Western Experience. Not only do they offer opportunities to give back but they provide teamwork and leadership skills. To start searching the variety of volunteer opportunities available through Western, visit:

This article appeared in the 2013 edition of Western's Parent Connection
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