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We want to hear from you. Have you taken on a new job, got married, had a baby, taken the trip of your dreams? Please let us know so we can share your news with former classmates and with the Western alumni family around the world. Submit your class note today!

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Paul Harte

Paul Harte, BA'88, LLB/MBA'92, has been chosen as the plaintiff honouree for the 2017 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Celebration of the Personal Injury Bar Dinner in recognition of his leadership in the field of medical malpractice.

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Sumar Chams, BSc'17, got a new job as a dietary aide at McGarrell Place Long Term Care Home in London, Ontario.

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Paul Gentile, BA'92, proposed to Carrie Ann Channon, BA'91, on top of UC Hill on April 9, 2017 ... and she said yes!

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Ryan Rodrigues, BA'94, MBA'07, has been appointed Associate Vice-Principal, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, at Queen's University.

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Treahy-Geofreda

Dr Thea Treahy-Geofreda, BHSc'09, and partner Dr Brian Lanoue, BHSc'08, opened their first Chiropractic practice, The Powerhouse, in Vancouver, British Columbia. From their office in Vancouver's Olympic Village neighbourhood, they share the principles of living an extraordinary life with many families across the greater Vancouver area.

After visiting Vancouver during one of their reading weeks while attending Western, Drs Thea and Brian knew the west coast would be the perfect place to share their vision, passion and excitement for creating a life with abundant health!

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Paul Gentile, BA'92, and Carrie Ann Channon, BA'90, got engaged on April 9, 2017 on the pathway in front of University College. The groom to be wanted the occasion to happen somewhere that meant something to the both of them.

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James Stensil, BA'94, completed his Master's Degree in Medical Dosimetry and has taken a position as Adjunct Professor for the Medical Physics and Medical Dosimetry Programs at Radiological Technologies University in South Bend, Indiana.

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Benjamin Mou, BSc'05, is celebrating his new baby boy!

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Shiu Ming Jeffrey Lo

Shiu Ming Jeffrey Lo, BA'13, recently graduated from correctional service training in Regina and is entering the law enforcement sector.

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Ryan Dagg, BSc'10, and family welcomed their newest future Mustang, Auston Scott Dagg on February 14, 2017. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was welcomed with open arms by his big brother Jaxon (2.5 years old).

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Neil Parmenter

Neil Parmenter, BA'93, was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Bankers Association on May 1, 2017.

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In April 2017, after more than six years as a practicing securities and M&A lawyer, Joel Freudman, JD'11, has moved on to establish Resurgent Capital Corp., a Toronto-based institutional activist investor.

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Yao in Easter Island

Eric Yao, BMus'03, travelled to Easter Island in March 2017 and volunteered the skills learned at Western's Piano Technology program to tune and repair the pianos at Toki Rapa Nui Music School. At Toki, free music and cultural educational opportunities are provided to the local children on this tiny, isolated and ecologically fragile island.

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Lisa Dadd, BA'96, MSc'98, is excited to announce the publication of her first TEDx talk, "The Two Most Liberating Words You'll Ever Say".

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Phil Andrews, MA'93, was the managing editor of the Guelph Mercury when the 149-year-old daily newspaper closed in January 2016. In May 2016, he started the publication of Guelph Mercury Rising. Andrews served as editor of the publication, by Vocamus Press, of Guelph. It's a collaboration of short stories by former Mercury journalists -- benefiting a Guelph non-profit that promotes literacy. Andrews now works as a communications consultant with the Ontario government.

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As a recent nursing graduate, Crystal Nantel, BScN'14, has moved from her first nursing job to further her career and become a certified oncology nurse. She has completed her chemotherapy and biotherapy certification and secured her employment in cancer care.

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After Graduating in June 2016, Katelyn Reid, BScN'16, began working for London Health Sciences Centre as a nurse in a temporary position. She was happy to hear she's been hired to a permanent position, allowing her to stay in London, Ontario. Reid loved her time at Western and looks forward to warmer weather where she can drive her road bike through the trails by Western, which is a wonderful way to reminisce on some of the best times of her life. She has one younger sibling and is doing her very best to encourage him to attend what she knows is the best university in the world: Western!

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John Allison, BA'87, wrote the last book, "A Most Canadian Odyssey: Education Diplomacy and Federalism, 1844-1984," published by The Althouse Press at Western University before its closure in July 2016. The book has subsequently been reprinted by through Ingramspark in Nashville, Tennessee and is now available worldwide on Amazon and other online bookstores.

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Benjamin Mou, BSc'05, recently got married and moved to a new job in British Columbia. He and his wife moved into a new house and found out they are expecting a new baby, due in the fall. It's been a busy and exciting year.

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Twenty-six years, three children and many life experiences later, Elaine (Berdusco) Greenwood, BSc'90, graduated from Nipissing University with a Master of Education degree in 2016. She is currently writing a cook book and continues to serve as family taxi driver, chef, mentor, and amazing mother to her daughters, and awesome wife to her husband Gerry.

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Dave Gordon, BA'66, hosted a Retrospective Exhibition at Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario from March 10  to April 21, 2017.

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Rev. Yvonne Summerfield, BScN'77, MDiv'04, died January 13, 2017. She never smoked but contracted lung cancer that spread to her bones. Her family is 99 per cent certain her lung cancer was caused by exposure to Radon Gas over a period of 10 years.

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Mike Dover, HBA'91, MBA'97, has published his second book Dante's Infinite Monkeys.

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Tara Chen

Tara Chen, BHSc'16, is excited to share that she is now living in Kingston, Jamaica on an internship with the International Youth Internship Program. She working with the Interagency Coalition of Aids and Development/Caribbean Vulnerable Communities in the areas of HIV/AIDS in vulnerable populations.

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After 30 years with the Durham District School Board teaching Physical Education, Leadership and Special Education and coaching cross country running and track, Karen Briard, BA'85, BEd'86, has hung up her whistle to enjoy retired life. As of February 1, you might find her on her bike, gardening or running on a trail some where.

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