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Chris Cavender, BA'86, BEd'87

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W' Club Hall of Fame Inductee 2009

Chris Cavender feels his time at Western allowed him to see the world beyond his limited perspective and encouraged him to be a risk-taker.

The 6-foot 4-inch forward was captain of the Mustang team for three years and one of his most memorable events was the team winning the regional tournament to make it to the final four in Canada. Cavender notes the camaraderie on the team is his biggest takeaway.

“We had so much fun together every time we traveled,” he says. Cavender has been a teacher and coach in the Thames Valley District School Board since his graduation; apart from the 11 years he spent teaching and coaching overseas.

Today, Cavender is Vice-Principal at Woodstock Collegiate Institute, a role he took on in February 2009. While he is not able to coach at the high school level due to his new position, Cavender continues to coach his children in basketball and soccer. He recently completed his masters degree at Western’s Faculty of Education and hopes to become a principal one day.

He says the biggest source of pride in his life now is his family - wife Nancy and children Hayden and Callia.


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