Volume 93, Issue 100

Thursday, April 6, 2000


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Awards to diversify industry

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United Way tips hat to Students' Council


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United Way tips hat to Students' Council

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

The United Way was in a giving mood Tuesday night, as they awarded Western's University Students' Council for their charitable work.

The USC was among several organizations who received Caring Awards for their philanthropy.

"The Caring Awards are a new program [created] to recognize businesses and organizations that go above and beyond in donating to charitable organizations," said Kris Dundas, communications co-ordinator for the United Way of London-Middlesex.

She added a panel of city dignitaries chose seven winners from the 30 groups nominated for awards. "[The USC] was recognized because they have a strong structure set up amongst the students of helping the community," Dundas said. "From the many people we talked to, they were truly impressed with the students."

She said the Caring Awards were a great chance to showcase worthy charitable drives, including the Terry Fox Run and Shinerama.

"It's a really big deal for us and the community," said USC president SzeJack Tan, adding the council was among a "whose who of London businesses" at the presentation.

Regional director for Shinerama, 1999-00 Shinerama commissioner and USC communications officer-elect Jaime Notman said she was flattered to be recognized among esteemed peers.

"I didn't realize it was such a big deal until we looked around the room and saw such huge companies, like Kellogg's, 3M and Labatt's," she said.

Notman also said recent legislation limiting aggressive panhandling would not hurt the successful Shinerama campaign. "I don't think it's going to be that big a deal. The media has blown it out of proportion. [Those seeking donations] can still be on sidewalks and we can still do car washes."

Notman added she was sure next year's Shinerama drive would be just as successful as previous years.

Lindsay Mattick, United Way commissioner for the USC, said she was delighted the council was honoured and the Western Alumni Association had taken the time to nominate them. "Students always get a lot of flak so it's nice to see the good things they do get recognized."

Mattick said she tried hard to increase the awareness and presence of the United Way at Western. "I think in the Western community, United Way is overshadowed [by larger charities]. This year we worked hard to increase its profile."

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