Alumni Western Be Extraordinary The Campaign For Western

Alumni volunteers creating awareness, taking action

by John Eberhard, BA'66, LLB'69

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We welcome spring on the hill and a campus community that prepares to celebrate the Class of 2016. It is a time to reflect and plan for renewal. Each of us, as Western graduates, has been fortunate to receive a world-class education. Our journey spawned deep friendships, created trusted networks and enabled us to gain valuable insights into our chosen vocations.

At times like this we can also look back to those who helped us – those who served as mentors, who offered sage advice or were able to open a door to begin a conversation that gave us a boost at a time when it was needed most. Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can mean so much.

There are multiple ways to support our alumni and student networks. Ways to volunteer in Alumni Association activities. Ways in which we can return a favour, connect with a fellow Mustang or be part of the alumni conversation. In recent months you have seen advertisements for our new Ten Thousand Coffees initiative. Our success has been visionary and we thank the more than 3,000 alumni who have registered and begun to participate.

Volunteerism is not about ‘I’ but rather about what you and I can do for someone else. For our Alma Mater. Each can make a difference.

We are grateful to the alumni who support a team or a student. We salute those who return to campus, speak to students in the classroom through an invitation from a faculty member or coach. We recognize those who engage in quiet conversations with a prospective student and share stories of the Western experience. We thank those who give their time or treasure to ensure that the next generation has every chance to make their own difference.

Opportunities to participate in Association activities are available to you no matter where you call home. This is achieved through our extensive branch network, through digital learning opportunities and very soon through our new Twitter and Instagram accounts dedicated to Western Alumni and friends. Events are held in regions world-wide. We encourage you to become more involved. The unique vocational diversity of our Alumni membership provides us a special opportunity. It is that multiplicity which collectively poises members to unleash an enormous force for good. We continue to offer Western Serves community events and we are happy to assist you help your local community alongside other alumni volunteers.

The Alumni Association’s Board of Directors recently hosted a series of round table events in nine cities. We met with alumni to listen and to improve our programs. We sought to strengthen our communications and deepen our impact. In the coming months we will present a renewed Strategic Plan to guide the next few years as we continue to inspire all alumni to share a lifelong commitment, pride and passion for Western.

This is my last time to hold the pen on the Voice of Alumni column. In June, we will welcome David Simmonds, BA’07, to the presidential role. We will also welcome two new directors to our Board of Directors. I am pleased to invite you to join us on campus on June 16 for our Annual General Meeting. It is the perfect opportunity to learn about the Association, meet the team and, of course, enjoy your beautiful campus.

I extend my sincere thanks to each and every Mustang who has created awareness and taken action to help strengthen our vibrant network.


This article appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of Alumni Gazette
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