Several Western alumnae and faculty are among eight honourees named by The YMCA of Western Ontario as 2017 Women of Excellence:
- Vickie Croley, BEd'87, head coach of the track and field team, was honoured in the category of Sport, Fitness & Recreation. Croley is Western’s first female Head Coach of a men’s team and recognized as a role model to females who seek similar careers in a male-dominated field.
- Mary Intven, BA'73 (Philosophy, King’s), was honoured in the Arts, Culture, Education & Training category. She is an acclaimed artist, beloved teacher and talented author of 16 children’s books.
- Laurie Lashbrook, BA'83 (Poli Sci), was honoured in the Entrepreneurs category. She is recognized as a champion for entrepreneurship, an outspoken advocate for women in business and a dedicated leader in building the local economy.
- Kathleen Parker, BA'81, (Phys Ed, King’s), MBA'01 (Video Exec MBA), in the category of Community & Volunteerism, for her commitment to the London community, helping to raise millions of dollars which have stayed in London.
- Dr. Marina Salvadori, a faculty member in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, is a provincial, national and international expert in immunization and immunization policy. Salvadori was honoured in the category of Health, Science & Technology.
The program has recognized more than 100 women over the past 30 years for their outstanding contributions and dedication to improving life in the London region and community.
The women will be honoured at the YMCA Women of Excellence Gala on May 17 at the London Convention Centre.