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Bringing classroom knowledge to the community

Bringing classroom knowledge to the community

The one thing Stephanie Hayne Beatty hears most often from students enrolled in a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) course is the class helps “learning come to life.” “The whole idea is students are able to take their classroom knowledge into the community and take...

Bringing holistic health to the community

Bringing holistic health to the community

There’s more to being a doctor than recognizing and treating an illness. There’s more to the patient, too, than the illness that needs treatment. A newly developed integrative Social Medicine course within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry aims to tackle...

Bringing urban farming to the community

Bringing urban farming to the community

They are unlikely farmers, sure. But armed with a vision of making a social and sustainable impact in London, a lawyer, writer, business instructor and social service worker are rolling up their sleeves and making it work. Urban Roots, co-founded by Heather and Graham...

Bringing volunteerism to the community

Bringing volunteerism to the community

They serve with willing hands and see the world through new eyes. Since Western’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program began in 2003, its tagline has been Be the change. Participants have taken it to heart, through the experiences they have had, the people they have...

Bringing coding for girls to the community

Bringing coding for girls to the community

For adults, playing can be a break from life. For young girls in grade school, playing might just be the first step to a fulfilling career. This month, 60 young women aged 12 to 17 had fun and gained digital skills at Go CODE Girl – an annual ‘Just for Girls’ coding...

Bringing career development to the community

Bringing career development to the community

Ira Timothy, BA’10, had dreams of producing First Nations films to “try and help my people show we have the strength to stand on our own.” But his plans were derailed when he applied to pursue a master’s degree in film from Western, only to discover it was no longer...

Bringing child literacy to the community

Bringing child literacy to the community

English spelling is often described as absurd. For apparent proof, consider the words tough, dough, and through; or meat, great, and threat. At Western’s Child and Youth Development Clinic, we are saying enough to this myth of illogical spelling. In our Wise Words...

Bringing student service to the community

Bringing student service to the community

For one frenetic, blue-sky day last September, 2,500 Western students planted trees, cleaned parks, organized a picnic for newcomers and washed cars to introduce themselves to the London community. The relationships launched that inaugural Orientation Serves Day have...

Bringing tutoring to the community

Bringing tutoring to the community

It was 2003 and a small group of Western students got to thinking: how could they, as postsecondary students, give back to younger students needing help with their education? What about tutoring – for free? With that unselfish yet simple idea, Hope for Relief was...

Bringing business expertise to the community

Bringing business expertise to the community

Community organizations work hard at improving our collective well-being and bringing about positive social change. But these groups sometimes face challenges that lie outside their expertise. That’s where the Ivey School of Business steps up. The Community Consulting...

Bringing empathetic healing to the community

Bringing empathetic healing to the community

Your story isn’t over yet; That message on a simple plaque – intentionally continuing its thought via a semi-colon – is the first thing visitors see when they enter Rebecca Machado’s office at Daya Counselling Centre in downtown London. The plaque was a gift from a...

Bringing inter-generational music to the community

Bringing inter-generational music to the community

The atonal clatter of utensils on plates falls away to near-silence when Kristal Daniels, accompanying herself on grand piano, begins to sing a soulful Verdi love song. One elderly diner whispers to her table partner, “It is so lovely to have our own lunchtime...

Bringing fun and games to the community

Bringing fun and games to the community

Libraries are great for borrowing books, magazines and music. ­And now, board games, too? Thanks to a donation by Project Play – an annual gamer event co-led by Western website developer Mathew Hoy – Londoners now have free borrowing access to a range of some of the...

United Way giving translates into community healing

United Way giving translates into community healing

That message on a simple plaque – intentionally continuing its thought via a semi-colon – is the first thing visitors see when they enter Rebecca Machado’s office at Daya Counselling Centre in downtown London. The plaque was a gift from a client who, before counselling, had contemplated suicide.

Clinic success spotlights dire need for help for children

Clinic success spotlights dire need for help for children

Four months after a Western child-and-youth clinic opened as a safety valve for backlogs in mental health services, the centre is working through a waiting list as long as 10 weeks. The new interdisciplinary Child and Youth Development Clinic helps children work...

Hub connects academia, Indigenous communities

Hub connects academia, Indigenous communities

Western has become the hub of a provincial network for Indigenous health training that is both culturally relevant and scientifically rigorous. Launched Thursday with working meetings and a ceremony, the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program of Ontario includes 13 research institutions and a team of 70 researchers, trainees and community collaborators.

CEL program honoured for community impact

CEL program honoured for community impact

The one thing Stephanie Hayne Beatty hears most often from students enrolled in a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) course is the class helps “learning come to life.” “The whole idea is students are able to take their classroom knowledge into the community, and take...

Music alumna finds self, community in new venture

Music alumna finds self, community in new venture

Carolyn Holdsworth, BMus’01, MMus’03, is using her operatic voice in a new way – by singing the praises of her latest creative venture – what she refers to as “urban art wear.” Holdsworth is the founder of Me & C, a London-based, London-themed shirt company that...

Signage opens door to ‘inclusive’ washrooms

Signage opens door to ‘inclusive’ washrooms

Western is encouraging a shift in how the campus community thinks about washroom facilities with a new poster campaign, launched this week, to foster safe spaces and inclusivity. “We’re calling this an ‘inclusive’ washroom poster campaign. We are trying to move away...

Mental-health crisis clinic earns community backing

Mental-health crisis clinic earns community backing

Western students experiencing a mental-health crisis will have access to a confidential walk-in clinic on campus three evenings a week as part of a ‘game-changing’ program funded through the London Community Foundation. The project is a collaboration among Canadian...