Making a positive and lasting change in the community

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty and staff show their local love 

Once again, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry staff and faculty didn’t hesitate to show their support and their local love during the 2018 United Way Campaign. In addition to many individuals making personal donations, as well as donating their time & enthusiasm, teams participated in the boot drive, coffee day, and purchased candy grams, all with proceeds going to support the campaign. Keeping on with a tradition established a few years ago, Dr. Davy Cheng, Acting Dean, sported his Santa costume to deliver candy grams to recipients across the School. 

The contributions from the School were added to those from across the University, which totalled $611, 866. These funds will help support more than 90 programs at 50 community agencies in London and the surrounding area. 

For the past several years, Western University has led the largest United Way employee campaign in Elgin and Middlesex. Dr. Mithu Sen, Acting Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs was proud to be co-chair of the 2018-19 campaign, and stressed that the goal is always about making a lasting and positive change in people’s lives.

“There are children in our community who do not have the opportunity or ability to even imagine their future, because their dreams are shattered before they begin. Our School is committed to delivering education to improve health and health systems. We cannot achieve that if we don’t try correct the root causes, like poverty.” — explained Dr. Sen. 

Western’s contribution to the United Way will mean:

5438 victims of trauma will receive support,
974 children will be able to take part in literacy and social skills programs,
221 children and youth will receive mentorship support,
3974 people experiencing homelessness will have access to emergency shelter,
807 people will have the opportunity to participate in English as a second language training,
670 individuals will receive mental health counselling.

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