Geograd Election Results!

The elections are over and thank you very much to the 54 geograds that voted and a special thanks to all the nominees and nominators!
The following are the election results:
Co President (Joining Sarah Peirce) - Danny Bednar 
International Student Liasons – May Ung and Lydia Osei 
SOGS Representatives – Amber Gall, Martin Lefebvre and Kevin Vuong  
GTA Representatives – Alexandra Bozheva and Sarah Levine 
Social Committee Execs – Jonathan Raikes and Chad Walker 
Orientation Committee – Amber Gall, Mark McGregor, Christine Mitchell, Jonathan Raikes and Chad Walker. 
As for the remaining positions that did not require an election:
Secretary – Sarah Mason
Treasurer – Niyomi Khalid 
Graduate Affairs Committee – Cindy Graeme
Appointments Committee – Wes Kinghorn and Fatih Sekercioglu
Website Committee – Chris Hewitt and James Kennedy 
Speaker Series - Wes Kinghorn 
Christmas Orals – Kayla Baumgartner and Marty Lefebvre 
Wellness Committee – Danny Bednar and Sarah McCans 
Research Committee – Chad Walker and Sarah McCans 
Sustainability Officer – Amber Gall 
Space Committee – Danny Bednar and Sarah Mason
Congratulations to everyone and thank you to everyone who voted!
We are also excited to announce that the Geograd Committee will be holding regular meetings starting in the fall ! We will post a schedule of meetings by September and the minutes of each meeting will also be posted on the Geograd website for any student unable to attend.

Bowling Night!

Upon the suggestion of a fellow colleague of yours, we are having yet another social event next FRIDAY THE 30th @ The Palasad North (Oxford and Adelaide; to go bowling.
The plan is to meet at the there at 6:45 to bowl at 7. This will not be covered/paid for by the social committee but there is a deal of $35/lane/hour (plus the cost of rental shoes)
As an added bonus, a group from Anthropology (and perhaps Sociology?) are coming as well. This will be a great time to meet new people who work just above us (literally, not research quality of course)…
Some of us will inevitably move downtown for further fellowship after bowling. Significant others/better halfs and or friends are more than welcome to join.

Wellness Committee – Post 5

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Thanks to all who donated to the Great Lakes Geographers and our Mother’s Day Walk Against Ovarian Cancer. As a team we raised $1208. The Event as a whole raised over $185,000.

Walk against Ovarian Cancer

A few summer resources:

Friday Zumba at UWO with Angelica

ZumbaSome of you may already know that Angelica, our friendly front office Undergrad Administrator, is a wonderful Zumba instructor and offers a class every Friday at 12:00 Noon from now until the end of June.

The class takes place in Thames Hall, Room 4185. I know a few people have been going from the department and really enjoying it, so feel free to join. For more information you contact the always friendly Agelica Lucaci by email (, or just pop into her office.

Tuesday Meditation (and other Classes) at UWO

Among other great resources, the UWO Student Development Centre provides a Mindfulness and Meditation class every Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. The class is drop-in and free, you just wait around the elevators out front of SDC (fourth floor of Western Student Services building) before 10:00 and the instructor takes the group into the meditation room.

See the full schedule of SDC Summer Services HERE.

 Local CMHA Training Opportunities

CMHA LogoThe Canadian Mental Health Association London-Middlesex Branch also has some great summer services. One of them is THIS Mental Health First Aid Basic Course. Now unfortunately it costs 150 bucks, but it might be a worthy investment for those hoping to go into the education sector.

Along the same lines, but a little different, the CMHA also offers THIS Family Psycho-Education Course aimed at helping family members who have come into a caregiver role deal with, and better understand, the stress that can come with these new identities.

 Giving Blood is Cool

blood drop cartoonSo usually National blood Donor Week is sometime in June, generally there will be donation stations set-up around campus. As a heads up you could sign up for updates from Canadian Blood Services HERE.

If you are on the mailing list you will get plenty of heads up to think about an upcoming event and decide that you would like to/are ready to donate blood.

For those, like me, who are curious as to what it’s like to donate for the first time, HERE is the American Red Cross’ helpful page on the question.

 Initiative 10 – Open Call for Comments on the Wellness Committee

hands upShortly, an email will go out to all Geograds asking for comments and feedback on graduate student wellness issues that they would like put into the Wellness Committee initiatives for next year.

This will be followed up be a meeting of the Wellness Committee to discuss next year.

If you are actually reading this before that email goes out feel free to email me at

Mental Illness Kayfabe

Wellness Committee Post #4


uwo springAt least lets hope so, if it is indeed spring you need to watch this (or click on picture):

Get OOt

Initiative 7 – Charity Hockey Pool

You may have noticed an email or two aboot a charity NHL playoff bracket pool to raise money for Kids Help Phone. For more details check your inbox; the gist of it is that you pay $5 to enter your bracket predictions, 50% of proceeds go to the winner with the most correct bracket, while 50% will be donated to Kids Help Phone.

Initiative 8 – Setting Up Next Year

The Committee will be meeting sometime before everyone leaves in order to shore up the schedule for the committee for next year. We will post the schedule once it is finalized, it will include which initiatives will be occurring each month, these will also need to be coordinated with the social committee and the research committee so that they make sense with the general efforts of the Geograds.

Initiative 9 – Year End Gathering

Ideally I’d like to set up some sort of year end event, though given schedules, this may be limited to on campus gather to discuss next year.

See Post 5, and initiative 10, for more.

That’s all for now


Boler “Mountain” offers a thrilling winter experience…Tubing! On Thursday’s it is “cheap” night for tubing, the cost is $14 (plus tax) for 2 hours of tubing excitement.
Hope to see you all there!
Yours truly,
The Social Committee

Wellness Commitee – Post 3

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Second Breakfast Potluck

WHEN: Wednesday December 11th

WHAT TIME: 8:30 – 10:30


WHO: All Geograds and Faculty/Staff

WHY: Breakfast is important

What to bring: A small dish for yourself and a few others


Don’t forget to volunteer or donate items at a local school, home for the elderly, hospital, charity, shelter etc.. during the holidays!!! There are always people worse off than you.


And Resources For All…

If you know of a helpful wellness resource that can be added to this list email me at


Mental Health

The two main on-campus mental health resources are the  Student Development Centre and Student Health Services. Western also has a website with resources and information on mental health issues for students:

Western Student Development Centre Psychological Services

Provides: Crises counselling, psychologist meetings and referrals, support groups, Sexual assault counselling, educational series’

In Person: Western Student Services Building (4th Floor)

Phone: 519-661-3031

Email: to sign up for groups

Student Health Services

Provides: All medical care, counselling and psychiatry, birth control information, immunizations, allergy injections

Other Mental Health Resources around Campus/London:

211 Ontario

Provides: a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario

Crises Phone Line: Dial 211


Assaulted Women’s Helpline

Provides: 24 Hour confidential help for women who are victims of assault

Crises Line: 1-866-863-0511


Campus Student Case Manager

Provides: Help for students who experience delays in their capacity to study, attend school because of mental health or other health issues

Anh Brown

519-661-2111 ext. 85985

Canadian Mental Health Association – London-Middlesex Branch

Provides: Assessment, community support, help with finding counsellors or psychiatrists, etc…

Phone: 519-434-9191 (Mon-Fri 8:30-4:00)

Mental Health Crises Line: 519-433-2023 (available 24/7)



Provides: three help lines that provide health services information for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs or alcohol and mental illness

Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600

Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603

Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-230-3505


Good 2 Talk Post-Secondary Student Helpline

Provides: Free, professional and anonymous support for students in Ontario to talk about stress, mental health, legal issues, disability, financial stress, sexuality, addictions

Available 24 hours a day, every day

Phone: 1-866-925-5454

International Exchange Student Services

Provides: orientation, socio-cultural events, hep with financial issues,


London and District Distress Centre

Provides: 24 Hour phone counselling related to mental health and distress

Crises Response Line: 519-433-2023


Mental Health 4 Kids

Provides: Website for youth, parents, educators and health care providers providing information about mental health related services


Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention

Provides: Online resource for information about suicide and mental health issues


Sexual Assault Centre London

Provides: services to survivors of sexual violence in London and Middlesex County

24 Hour Crises and Support Line: 519-438-2272

Phone: 519-439-0844

In Person: 225 Horton Street, 3rd Floor


United on Campus Services

Provides: Multi-faith counselling and support to help students, a safe space for body, mind, spirit

In Person: UCC, Room 256

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 82794


Western’s Peer Phone Line

Provides: confidential peer-to-peer sharing for students by students

519-661-3425 (Mon-Fri, 10:00am to Midnight)

Western Mental Health App

Western Services for Students with Disabilities

Provides: on campus transportation, alternative format text, assistive technology help, counselling, referrals, help with academic learning issues

In Person: Western Student Services Building (4th Floor)

Phone: 519-661-2147


Physical Health

Student Health Services

Provides: All medical care, counselling % psychiatry, birth control information, immunizations, allergy injections

Healthcare Connect

Provides: connects people with local personal physicians

Phone: 1-800-445-1822


Middlesex-London Health Unit

Provides: Immunization, birth control, STI info, Dental clinic, travel clinic, classes, community programs

Phone: 519-663-5317


 Telehealth Ontario

Provides: Free access to discussions with registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Phone: 1-866-797-0000



City of London Property Standards Office

Provides: Investigation of structural or unsafe conditions and landlord/tenant issues about property standards (heat, electricity, noise, safety etc…)

Phone: 519-661-4555


Federation of Metro Tenants Associations

Provides: advice on what your landlord/slimy corporate property owner is legally allowed to do/not do in the Province of Ontario. Designed for Metro Toronto tenants, they will offer advice to Londoners as the Ontario Residential Tenancy Act operates as provincial law.


Tenant Hotline: 416-921-9494

Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board

Provides: Information on the rules for both tenants and landlords, most landlords don’t follow or don’t know the rules (example: the classic damage deposit scheme)


Ontario Tenants Rights

Provides: information about renting in a number of cities and municipalities in Ontario, including London


Western Law Community Legal Services

Provides: Legal assistance and representation for small claims court, landlord-tenant issues, summary conviction criminal matters, simple wills and powers of attorney. Assistance is provided by law students under the direct supervision of a lawyer.

In Person: Western Law Building, Room 120

Phone: 519-661-3352


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