Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 17, 1999


Higher bus pass fee LTC driven

Bank invests in violence awareness

Rezs not surfing Wave

Western alumnus not very proud of gay research

New nurses applauded

Southwestern Ontario wants Western meds


Minor crises no match for UPD

Caught on campus

Bank invests in violence awareness

By Clare Elias
Gazette Staff

The Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children is broadening its resources and horizons as a result of a $1.5 million donation from the Bank of Nova Scotia this week.

The newly acquired funds will go towards an academic chair whose leadership role will play a vital part in bringing awareness to the university and surrounding community concerning violence in society. The donation will also provide for internships and innovative scholarships for students.

Diane Flannigan of the public and corporate affairs sector at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto, said the endeavour is a unique opportunity for both the university and the bank. "Banks have a long history of giving to the community and university and we looked at this as helping on a very positive level," Flannigan said.

Bill Bridger, VP-research at Western, acknowledged the donation as the perfect example of the private sector supporting the university community. He said this professorship should open the doors for other such positions. "The university is in need of many academic chairs and whoever receives this post will come with many disciplinary colours and great expertise."

Katherine McKenna, the centre's director, also spoke positively about the donation calling it an important step towards recognizing violence against women as a mainstream issue.

"This is a widespread problem which needs all the support we can get and the fact that it's being taken up in the corporate sector remarks on a forward-looking initiative. It's an important social issue and it's no longer a marginal issue," she said.

McKenna added the donation recognizes the seriousness of the issue and it acknowledges society's acute awareness of the situation. "The violence hasn't increased and the issue isn't decreasing, we're just more sensitized to the problem," she said.

Jan Richardson, director of the Women's Community House in London, said she congratulates the Bank of Nova Scotia for their innitiative and support. "This is a symbol of change that corporations are seeing this as a serious issue."

While this donation places a positive light upon the corporate sector, she said the donation reflects poorly on the provincial government. "The Government of Ontario is reducing funding and is not assuming enough responsibility. For every woman we take in we have to turn another away because the government won't fund new beds," Richardson said.

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