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Speak up and help Western continue to be great

by David Simmonds

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David Simmonds, BA’07 (Political Science), assumed the role of Alumni Association President following the organization’s Annual General Meeting in June.

Told well, stories shape, connect and uncover. Great stories help us find our voice. 

As I begin my time as President of Western’s Alumni Association, I’m energized by the story we have to tell. Our story – in all of its shapes, sizes and colours – is unique. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and community voices make the Western story special.

Your voice is central and offering your perspective is vital. When I reflect on all the good we do at Western Alumni, I’m focused on how we stay focused on the alumni voice so that it can shape a post-Western experience as dynamic and relevant as the student experience at Western.

As graduates, we benefited from leading teaching, research and learning experiences. As leaders, there’s a role for us to lend our voices to building the good name of Western. Our Association, and its hundreds of volunteers, has created a space for alumni of all ages and stages to come back and say, ‘I’ve got an idea about how Western can continue to be great.’ 

Like you, I care deeply about our university. I invite you to share how you see Western serving its students, alumni, community and the world. Public institutions play a powerful role in social change. We have an obligation to cultivate and disseminate cultural, social or economic capital. Join me in offering perspectives that move us collectively forward.

Stories are powerful and the ability to tell them is privilege. Our Association is about creating memories that live as stories. Some of my favourite memories are from Western. Medway, Weldon Library and Thames Hall – each holds special and personal memories that serve as reminders of impactful and personal events on campus. They are reminders about the transformative power this institution has on people’s lives.

Join me in celebrating our connections to Western. And help us by offering up your voice.

David Simmonds, BA’07 (Political Science), assumed the role of Alumni Association President following the organization’s Annual General Meeting in June.


This article appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of Alumni Gazette
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