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Campaign gifts support students, research and innovation

January 23, 2017

A handful of high-profile campaign gifts this fall offered support to students, research and innovation.

Western students now have a safe, central and supportive space to access health-and-wellness resources thanks to a $1-million donation from the Fairmount Foundation in support of the Wellness Education Centre (WEC) this past fall.

WEC is a one-stop shop for students seeking mental- health and wellness resources, nutrition information, as well as sexual-violence prevention education and survivors’ support. In addition to supporting WEC operations and activities, the gift also provides funding for new health-andwellness programming and workshops, including an annual lecture series that brings speakers to campus on the topic of health and wellness, and international learning bursaries.

“It is my hope, with this gift, to directly impact the lives of Western’s students in a positive manner. I want all Western students to feel like they are a part of this community, and to feel as though they have had lots of opportunities for personal and academic growth,” said Fairmount Foundation founder Heidi Balsillie.

In November, Western, with St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, announced a significant gift from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Ting-Yim Lee and his wife, Maggie, to help establish a research chair in cardiac CT imaging. The gift was jointly bolstered by Western and the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation to create a $3-million endowment to support the chair, which will develop innovative CT functional and molecular imaging techniques to advance early diagnosis and clinical care of patients suffering from cardiac events, such as heart attack.

“Dr. Lee’s contribution to imaging research has been tremendous. Not only has his work had an impact on CT imaging globally, but it has changed the course of treatment for countless patients,” said Schulich Dean Dr. Michael Strong. “The cerebral blood flow measurements that Ting pioneered are now mainstay in the management of stroke patients. The establishment of this chair will allow us to continue this innovative work for the benefit of cardiac patients.”

Finally, a $1-million legacy gift from University Librarian Emeritus Joyce Garnett, when realized, will support innovation and inspire future development and growth in Western Libraries through the Joyce C. Garnett Innovation Fund.

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This article appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of Alumni Gazette
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