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Dimuth Kurukula (MSc Candidate Geography) advances to Regional Finals of the 6th Annual Hult Prize Competition

Sponsored by the Hult Prize Foundation, the Hult Prize Challenge is the world's largest student competition and start-up platform for social good.  Good luck to Dimuth and his collaborators Shivani Chotalia, HBA and Green Processes Engineering, Denise Liu, HBA and Health Sciences, and Ahsan Syed, HBA and Environmental Science as they compete in the regional finals in Dubai. Page 16 [Western News]

Congratulations to Shyra Barberstock, creator of the Okwaho Network

Shyra, a fourth-year First Nations Studies and Health/Environmental Geography student, and her husband, Rye Barberstock, recently launched the Okwaho Network, a social-networking site dedicated to global Indigenous business and economic development.  [Western News]

Grand Opening of the Physical Geography Learning Lab

The Physical Geography Learning Laboratory (PGLL) was officially opened on January 9, 2015.  [Western News]

Pictured are:  Judy and Maurice Davidson, (financial contributors) Alex Cebluski (President of the Geographical Peoples' Society, Brian Timney (Dean of Social Science) and Dan Shrubsole (Chair, Department of Geography).

Congratulations to Karen Van Kerkoerle

Karen is the recipient of the Labour Appreciation Award for Western representing UWOSA.  This award is given to those individuals that go above and beyond to support their United Way Campaign.  Karen certainly fits this criterion.  She has been highly engaged in our United Way campaign for many years and our leader for the past few.  It has been a highly successful campaign, which has regularly raised well over $1,000.00 with a series of events that culminates with the Talent Show.  She does all this while continuing to support the Department's web pages and provide cartographic support.   Congratulations Karen!

Congratulations to Siera Vercillo

Siera Vercillo, a PhD student in Western’s Department of Geography was awarded a MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) inaugural 20 Under 35 Award. This award honours young professionals who are changing the world and embody the qualities MEDA values – service and an entrepreneurial spirit. Siera is completing her PhD in Geography, focused on gender, food security and smallholder agriculture development. She recently returned from working in Sierra Leone in agriculture cooperative development and has lived in northern Ghana for a year working with Engineers Without Borders Canada to develop the Ministry's extension services for smallholder farmers. She has a Masters in Gender and Development from the University of Sussex (in the UK) and a Bachelors of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science from University of Toronto where she led the responsible investment changes made to the university's multi-billion dollar investment fund. Congratulations Siera!

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