Volume 92, Issue 99
Wednesday, April 7, 1999
Which are good, which are bad?
This week parents of teenage students can learn more about alcohol and drugs and how they relate to their children.
Peter Mercer, Western's VP-administration, will be speaking on this subject tomorrow, said Janet Baker, a health and safety promotion and education coordinator in the occupational health and safety department. The discussion is called "Young People, Alcohol and Drugs."
The talk will include demographics and statistics from the Addiction Research Foundation as well as decision making skills regarding drugs and alcohol, Baker said. "This is one of the personal interest programs we do for employees.
"[Mercer] has an interest in this area," Baker added, as he has spoken on this topic with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "I just hope that from this session, we parents can take away strategies and we can help our children," Baker said.
The hour-long talk begins at noon in the Thames Hall tower room. It is directed toward employees and their families but everyone is welcome, Baker said.
A devoted alumni will be receiving one of Western's top awards at a black-tie gala event in Toronto on April 17.
Grant Reuber has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Purple and White Award. The award, presented by the Toronto branch of Alumni Western, recognizes alumni commitment to Western and the community. "This is the third year the award has been given out it's a relatively recent award," said Susan Horvath, director of alumni relations and development.
Reuber, dean of social science from 1969-1974, was chosen primarily because he remained connected to Western, speaking at last year's 25th anniversary of the social science department, Horvath said. "His university involvement has been significant."
He is also involved in the Toronto community, she added. "[After leaving Western], he went on to hold several high powered positions in business."
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