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St. Thomas Central Elgin Collegiate Institute students visit the Physical Geography Learning Lab

On February 19th, the Geography Department welcomed 26, Grade 11/12 students and 2 Geography Teachers from Central Elgin Collegiate Institute (St. Thomas) to discover and explore the uses and benefits of Geography with an emphasis on GIS Research and applications and the abundance of career opportunities that come with an education in Geography. [MORE]








Grand Opening of New Facility for HEAL

On Monday February 9, 2015, the new home of the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory at Western University was officially opened by City of London Mayor Matt Brown, Dr Dan Shrubsole (Chair of Geography), Dr Jason Gilliland (Professor of Geography and HEAL Director) and Dr John Capone (VP Research).  The HEAL is an innovative research and training environment which facilitates cross-sector collaboration and cutting-edge research to support healthy, sustainable, and vibrant communities. Over 60 people attended the opening of the new facility, including many HEAL alumni and collaborators from community organizations such as the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the London Health Sciences Centre, Investing in Children, the United Way, the Boys & Girls Club, the Old East Village Business Improvement Area and local elementary schools. According to HEAL Director Jason Gilliland, “By collaborating with community partners, we are able to conduct meaningful research that often has immediate impact.” The lab was funded by a generous bequest from the estate of Al and Donna Angelov.  More details on HEAL can be found at

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!

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