September 10, 2003  
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Looking to help
The Leisure Support Program is looking for volunteers to assist them in providing care for the disabled.

"The Leisure Support Program helps adults in the community who don't receive support from other agencies," said Kathy Pierson, co-ordinator of Western's volunteer support services. "It has been running since 1993."

"It's a small program but we're looking for volunteers," Pierson said. "Everybody has their own individual program whether it's going to the theatre, tutoring or going for a walk - whatever the people we support want to do in their leisure time."

"We will be at the [Western] volunteer fair too and students can meet us there for more information," Pierson said. For more information, call the Leisure Support Program at 661-6408 and ask for Kathy Pierson or the program coordinator, Heather Burns.

-Shawn MacPherson

Western academic to be honoured
On Sep. 8, 2002, Dr. Sandy Kirkley, an orthopedic surgeon at London Health Sciences Centre, was killed in a plane crash along with her husband Michael.

LHSC teamed up with Western to create the Dr. Sandy Kirkley Research Centre which will continue the work she started and was so committed to, said Jim Silcox, vice-dean of education at the faculty of medicine and dentistry. The Centre depends upon private contributions, he explained.

The Centre will eventually have a permanent Chair which will be in charge of the research. Until the funds are available, he added, there is a temporary lecturer position which will provide guidance for the research. "It's a beginning," Silcox remarked.

Silcox said the community reacted very positively to the idea because the Centre reflects what a "young, dynamic person" Kirkley was. At the time of her death, Kirkley was in charge of 21 projects which will now be continued by the Centre.

- Shannon D'Arcy

Western artwork on display
Artsies at Western will be thrilled to have something to entertain themselves with as the McIntosh Gallery will be putting on a special exhibition.

From Sep. 11 to Oct. 26 the McIntosh Gallery will commemorate Western's 125th anniversary with a collection of 115 pieces of art drawn from approximately 2,800 presently at the Gallery.

"[Art pieces are] selected on the basis that all have been donated rather than purchased," said Catherine Elliot Shaw, curator of the Gallery. This exhibit is unique because the gallery usually displays collections from a particular artist or as a part of a theme, she explained, adding the exhibit will display art works from over 110 different local, national and international artists.

Shaw will lead a walking tour on Thu., Oct. 9 at 12:15 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Thursday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

-Taha Suria



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