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Jonathon Hindley, BA’13, recently secured his first permanent full-time position after graduating. As the Corporate Customer Service Coordinator for the City of St. Thomas, he will be assisting with developing and implementing a new Customer Service Plan and a consolidated Corporate Customer Service location.

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Popp

Shantel Popp, MEd’14, and Ian Clark were married on June 25, surrounded by their family and friends at Stillwaters Plate and Pour in Paris, Ont. The groom’s stepsister is a current Western student (Kinesiology) and some of the couple’s closest friends attended Western from 2006-10 for their degrees.

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Leppik

Stephanie Leppik, BA’13, married her university/college sweetheart Adam Chilvers, Fanshawe College - Police Foundations, on July 9 in an outdoor ceremony and reception at the York Regional Police Association.

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Davison

Danielle Boucher, BMOS’12, and Michael Davison, BMSc’12, met at Western and are grateful for their time on campus and how it impacted their futures in so many ways. In 2014, they visited campus and he proposed to her on UC Hill. They married June 13, 2015.

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Shauna Cade, BA’05, is celebrating the birth of her second child, Nash William Biemann, with proud daddy, Dylan, and big sister, Audrey.

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Gustadt

When Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler released his first-ever solo album, We're All Somebody From Somewhere, in July, he added a little purple into the mix of the 15-song release. Jingle Punks Chief Creative Officer Jared Gutstadt, BA’00, penned the third track on the album, Hold On (Won’t Let Go), along with Tyler, Jason Boyd and Jeff Peters.

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Karen Chan, BESc’99, BA’00, MBA’10, P.Eng, President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, was recognized by the Ontario Women’s Directorate with a 2016 Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award for her volunteer work for women in engineering and women in leadership. Oshawa MPP Jennifer French presented the award.

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Mario Paura, LLB’92, was appointed Head of Real Estate Department in Toronto by Stikeman Elliott

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Joseph Odhiambo, MA’98, of Environment and Climate Change Canada, has been awarded the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada’s (PTAC) 2015 Outstanding Service Award. This award was in recognition of Odhiambo’s work on Oil and Natural Gas Emissions Reduction Projects in Colombia, Mexico, China, Ecuador and Nigeria, which was launched in partnership with the United Nation’s Environmental Programme’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition

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Ferguson

Jilaine Ferguson, BA’96, married Stephen Gate on April 1 in Jamaica.

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Baeumler

Ever wish Gemini Award-winning HGTV host Bryan Baeumler, BA’96, would come to your house!? Now he can … available at all Lowe’s stores across Canada is the Official Bryan Baeumler Bobblehead. This little guy may not be able to swing a hammer like the real thing, but he makes the perfect gift for the handymen and women on your list, as well as the ones who only think they are.

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Weldon

Scott Weldon, BA’85, left, was recently named the 2016 Alliance Hockey Coach of the Year for his outstanding contributions, involvement and service. “Award recipients have displayed commitment to the ideals of Alliance Hockey, worked tirelessly for the improvement of the game at their local association level and made a notable impact on both the game and the players involved,” said Daryl Villeneuve, right, Director of Hamilton Minor Hockey Council.

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Elizabeth Rankin, BSc’79 (Nursing), published the book The Patients’ Time Has Come: Listening to Patients will Redefine Health Care Safety and Revitalize Service Delivery. Books can be purchased at ElizabethRankin.com.

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Norma and Bill

Norma Exley (Stanbury), BA’64, BEd’90, and Bill Exley, BA’62, MA’72, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25. They met at Western in 1960. They are pictured here on June 25, 1966.

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At 81 years old, F. Ian Wood, BA’57, was the oldest of 341 competitors in Defi300, billed as the World’s Longest Slalom Race, held in Vercorin, Switzerland, March 26. The course boasted 300 gates on a vertical drop of over 1,000 metres, a Guinness Book of Records first. Ian placed 91st overall.

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Priyanka Kumar, BA’06 (Health Science), a Wellness Coordinator working in Mississauga, had a baby boy, Xavier Crasto, on May 4, 2015.

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Michael Goodman, HBA’11, and Alexandra Boasie Goodman, BSc’10, were married on Aug. 28, 2015, in Toronto. The couple met at Western in early 2008.

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Carolina Pineda, BA’03 (Anthropology/French), MA’05 (Anthropology), along with husband David recently had their first child, Luca Émile Ayala, on Oct. 8, 2015.

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Andrea Brochu (Sweiger), BHSc’05, BScN’09, and Derek Brochu gave birth to their first children – a set of twins – named Oliver Grant and Sloan Alexandra on Oct. 20.

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In January of 2016, Elizabeth (Beth) Goldenberg, BA’88 (Science), LLB’91, opened The New Family Law Center in London, Ont. Her family law firm provides legal representation at a fixed monthly price, a complementary wellness program, and a referral service to other areas of law.

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Vincenzo and Amy Turner-Iannacci met at Saugeen-Maitland 30 years ago. Amy, BA’88 (Chemistry), went on to dental school in Ohio; Vince transferred to a school in the Oklahoma to finish his engineering degree in aeronautics. The couple dated for five years before marrying on March 9, 1991. They returned to campus during March Open House to “visit our old stomping grounds,” including a “pop in” at Saugeen. “We cried, we laughed and we smiled.  It was beyond a wonderful way to celebrate 25 years of partnership, friendship, dedication and love,” Amy said. They couple wear matching bracelets, made from the laces of old baseball gloves, with the GPS coordinates for Saugeen-Maitland.   

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In December 2015, Mike Kennedy, MBA’85, participated in the Judo Ontario Christmas Training camp – “four of the toughest, most grueling days I have ever gone through in a good 40 years. … What is a guy like me, a man who turned 58 this past November, and someone who was never athletically talented even in the best of times, doing practicing a martial art like judo? At a time when most guys my age are spending the holiday season with a warm cup of coffee, reading the paper or watching TV, what am I doing in the middle of the every morning of the last four days, drenched in sweat and gasping for breath? What do I have to prove? Why am I putting myself through this, especially at my age?” Three weeks after the camp, Kennedy was promoted to brown belt. This is one level above blue, and is the highest level of coloured belt a judoka can attain. The next level, black belt, is still a few years away for him.

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Anna Gray (Mavrogiannis), MA’86, PhD’90, was named an Officer into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces for her RCMP career in human resources, criminal intelligence and national security by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, in May 2013.

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Curtis Rush, BA’76 (Journalism), retired from the Toronto Star on April 30. In his 35-year career at the Star, he took on editing and writing assignments from news to business to sports. Since 2013, he has been a sports writer. In all, he had a 40-year newspaper career that included positions at the Toronto Sun, Edmonton Journal and Sarnia Observer.

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Reva Nelson, BA’69, has her third book published, Hippie Chick Abroad, a memoir of backpacking alone through Europe for the year after graduation. She has also retired from 20 years as a professional corporate seminar leader and speaker, and 10 years as a teacher-librarian with the Toronto District School Board. A former Gallery Theatre actress in London, Nelson is now acting and writing plays again, with Alumnae Theatre in Toronto.

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