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December 2014
The Ontario Global Edge Internship Program

Interested in entrepreneurship? Would you like to intern with a small/medium size business in India or Kenya next summer? The Ontario Global Edge (OGE) internship program is now accepting applications for eight intern spots.

The OGE internship program aims to:

  • Enable participants to develop a broader awareness of the global economy
  • Encourage enterprising Ontario youth to explore international business
  • Illustrate the importance of entrepreneurs and opportunities for small and medium sized businesses within a global marketplace
  • Build and expand an entrepreneurial awareness among post-secondary students and institutions.

Internships will range in length between 12 to 16 weeks. Selected Ontario Global Edge participants will receive up to $4,000 to support the costs associated with the unpaid internship, funded by the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure.

To view the job descriptions for each internship, login to Career Central (, go to the Experience Tab and click on the Ontario Global Edge tab.

If you have any questions, email

Applications are due by Dec 21, 2014

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October 2014
SHAD performs at Western in support of W.H.E.

For more information on the event and ticket sales, please see Buy tickets for Shad page.

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July 2014
Art in the Market - A huge success!

On behalf of the Western University and the entire Western Heads East team, we would like to extend an enormous thank you to our guests, community, donors and sponsors that helped to make our annual 'Art In the Market' event a huge success.

On March 19, our guests were treated to 'Art In the Market for Western Heads East' - an evening filled with delicious African-inspired food, live musical entertainment from Tony De Luca Musica, dance performance from Western's African Student Association, and moving presentations from Mr. Richard Tibandebage, the representative of the High Commission of Tanzania; Dr. Amit Chakma, President and Vice Chancellor of Western University; Dr. Julie McMullin, Vice Provost (International) Western University, and; Dilshaan Panjwani & Tara Chen, Fundraising & Education Committee Co-Chairs.

The ambiance in the Great Hall resulted in powerful messages regarding the many significant accomplishments of the Western Heads East program and its collaboration with Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. The art sale and silent auction would not have been possible without the generous donations of local artists and corporate sponsors of the event.

Over the past several years, over 60 Western students have undertaken internships in these countries to assist in the sustainability of this program. We continue to raise funds to send more interns and our 'Art In the Market' gala is an important part of this effort. It is the charitable support from community and businesses that help bring this project to life.

This year's event helped raise over five thousand dollars and over 100 people were in attendance. Your contribution is invaluable to the success of Western Heads East Project and we thank you for your participation.

Click here to view the photo album of the event.

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March 2014
Western Heads East presents Art In The Market

Art Sale & Silent Auction

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • The Great Hall, Somerville House
  • Western University


  • VIP Tickets $50 (includes early admission & event parking)
  • Tickets $40
  • Students $20

Purchase tickets

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November 2013
Vote for your favourite photo!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is holding a photo contest for students who have participated in an exchange.

Please go to the Modern Languages and Literatures website and vote for your favourite photo.


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September 2013
On Saturday, September 21st, volunteers from Western Serves had the opportunity to volunteer with Western Heads East.

The day began with an overview of the organization from co-chairs Dilshaan Panjwani and Tara Chen of the Student Fundraising and Education Committee.

Guest speaker Mr. Albert Maganga, Assistant Head Master from Mtoni High School in Mwanza, Tanzania also spoke with the group. Albert is a visiting graduate student to Western from the University of Dodoma, Tanzania. He shared his experiences with Western Heads East in Africa, which gave a new perspective in understanding the impact of the program in Mwanza and what it was like to work with Western student interns.

Volunteers spent the day with members of the Student Fundraising and Education Committee making bracelets, decorating posters for future events and travelling around campus encouraging the public to support the Western Heads East initiative. We would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm and the organizers of Western Serves at the Student Success Centre!

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April 2013
Another scholastic year, another In the Market Event!

On March 20th, Western Heads East held its 4th annual "In the Market" gala in The Great Hall. And what a way it was to celebrate our 10th anniversary!

Thank you so much to all that supported us by attending the event or being there in spirit. There was an inspiring energy and pulse to the evening - it definitely makes us look forward to things to come!

Attendees of the event were treated to moving presentations from Mr. Richard Tibandebage, the representative of the High Commission of Tanzania, Maimuna Kanyamala, director of the Kivulini Women's Rights Organization; and Brian Healy and Cynthia Medeiros, the very first WHE interns. We were also honoured by the presence of President Chakma.

Together, these speakers informed us about the beginnings of WHE, the growth of the program, and the impact it makes on the lives of everyday people - both in Canada and in East Africa.

The event also featured African-inspired food, live entertainment from Juno award winner Donné Roberts, APYN & Professor Knabe's MIT Class and an East-African inspired market place - with venders and all!

Over the past ten years, over 60 Western students have undertaken internships in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya to assist in the development and sustainability of the program. The 'In the Market' gala is a key component in raising funds to continue with the internship program.

Thank you to VIA Rail, Fairmont Royal York, The Grand Theatre and all sponsors, coordinators, and volunteers who were integral to the success of the event. We are proud to announce that $7300 was raised!

Visit our Facebook page for pictures of the event!

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March 2013
In the Market for Western Heads East

Dear Friends of Western Heads East,

You are cordially invited to "In the Market for Western Heads East" on March 20, 2013 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Support Western's community response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa.

Come celebrate the successful women-led, micro-enterprise initiatives utilizing probiotic yoghurt developed by two Western professors.

Join us in celebrating 10 years of Western Heads East. As we look back at how the organization began, we will be hearing from some of the organizations very first interns. They will be sharing their experiences with Western Heads East from 10 years ago.

The Great Hall at Western University will be transformed into a lively East African market with stalls where interns will provide poster programs of their experiences. We will also have food and wine pairings, entertainment, multi-media presentations, and much more. We will be featuring a silent auction of art by Tanzanian and Kenyan crafters, and wonderful packages by generous sponsors, including The Fairmont Royal York and VIA Rail. Musical entertainment will be provided by Juno Award Winner Donne Roberts.

Western Heads East, first established in East Africa in 2002, is a unique collaboration between Western University and governmental and non-governmental organizations in Tanzania, Kenya, and more recently, Rwanda. Documented evidence shows that the probiotic yoghurt has health benefits, especially for people with compromised immune systems and suffering from under-nutrition.

This simple, life-saving technology has formed the core of women-led social businesses in Africa, with a goal to make this probiotic yoghurt accessible and affordable to all community members. So far, more than 60 Western students and 20 staff members/faculty have visited and spent time with the women's groups, government agencies, and institutions of higher learning in these three countries, and these have become our firm partners in the transfer of technology, research and service learning.

We ask that you set aside Thursday, March 20 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm to experience this unique East African marketplace in the Great Hall, and give your support to Western Heads East. A preview of the silent auction will be available from 4:00-4:30 pm. Tickets are $55 per person; $20 for students. Wine/beer will be paired with African inspired foods.

You will find a poster for this event attached, which we ask that you post and/or circulate to anyone who may be interested. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Cheryl Briglia at or by calling 519-661-3548, extension 83548. You may also buy tickets online at:

Please check out our website, or email us at for more information on this initiative.

Thanks for your support and for celebrating with us again this year!

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January 2013

Want to become an intern and learn about their experience? Attend the Spotlight event this January and hear what the interns have to say!

On Friday January 18th from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Mustang Lounge in the University Community Centre, all of the interns from this past year will be presenting their unique stories about their internship experience.

The room will be filled with poster boards showing photos and research conducted during the interns stay.

Around 12:30pm each intern will give a short presentation on what they learned and the personal impact of the internship.

All guests will get to taste some of the probiotic yoghurt the interns and relive the experience through their eyes.

Last year's event was a success, and we are expecting an even greater turnout this year!

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December 2012
Let's celebrate World AIDS Day!

This December 1st marks World AIDS Day.

WHE would like to thank everyone who participated during AIDS Awareness Week by purchasing bracelets, pins and red ribbons.

The week was a great success and all funds will go towards new projects conducted by the fresh set of interns heading to Africa this spring!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all students living in residence for supporting WHE through their Dining Hall donations on December 1st.

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November 2012
This November, participate in AIDS Awareness Week!

From November 28th to December 3rd, Western University's Community Centre (UCC) will be filled with educational displays and interactive booths to create awareness about AIDS.

Western Heads East will have a special booth where, for a donation of $2, students and faculty can take pictures wearing a Western Heads East Bracelet, surrounded by a red frame.

All photos will be located on the Facebook fan page at FAN PAGE and participants can include the photos on their own Facebook status. The campaign was such a success last year that even Dr. Chakma participated!

The red frame photos can be taken in both the UCC and at the residences, where the WHE booth will be travelling throughout the week. Also, make sure to pick up a commemorative Pewter Pin to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.

These will be available at our booth alongside the bracelets for a minimum $2 donation!

Asante Sana

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September 2012

This year Western Heads East will be giving out handmade bracelets for a donation of 2$. The funds will go to support the opening of new kitchens in East Africa, and the maintenance of the kitchens already in place. The campaign will begin during Orientation Week where students will be able to purchase bracelets from WHE Staff around campus.

On Saturday September 22nd the Western Serves volunteers will engage in a fun and competitive race to sell the most bracelets during their afternoon with Western Heads East. They will be given the materials to create their own unique advertisements for our bracelets.

Then, they will be sent off around campus and into the community to encourage the public to support the WHE initiative. With the success of last year's Western Serves day, WHE is looking forward to spending the afternoon with the dedicated Western Serves volunteers.

The WHE bracelets will be available at all fundraisers throughout the year, so make sure to check the events calendar for all the upcoming events. WHE would like to thank all the volunteers in advance for their hard work and enthusiasm. See you on the 22nd!

Asante Sana

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Summer 2012
Another year, another 'In the Market' event has come and gone!

The entire Western Heads East team could not be more appreciative of the support shown by all those in attendance at this year's gala event.

Guests were treated to an evening filled with delicious African-inspired food, an enticing silent auction, live entertainment by the incomparable Juno Award winner Donné Roberts, and a moving presentation from Richard Tibandebage, the representative of the High Commission of Tanzania and very special friend of Western Heads East.

There was a great energy in the room as we shared our progress with the community and celebrated how far we have come. With record temperatures - 30+ in March! - the Great Hall even had an authentic, albeit unexpected, 'African market' feel to it!

Over $6000 was raised to support more women's groups in making the probiotic yoghurt, and the student interns who work with them. A very big thanks to the generous volunteers and loyal supporters of WHE who help bring this program to life - we could not do it without you!

Please check out our events calendar for next year's date, as well as the many other events we put on throughout the year. Hope to see you there!

In the Market 2012 Photos
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May 2012
2012 Grand Challenges Explorations

Dr. Gregor Reid and his Lawson Health Research Institute team are the winners of the 2012 Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their research will study the impact of probiotic yoghurt mixed with a nutrient-rich plant called Moringa on the health outcomes of pregnant women and their children through the Mwanza Tanzania yoghurt kitchen.

For more details, check out the full article.

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March 2012
In the Market for Western Heads East

In The Market for Western Heads East: Thursday, March 22, 4-6:30 pm at the Great Hall (Room 3335D, Somerville House, Western University). Doors open at 3:30 for preview of the silent auction.

Have you purchased your ticket yet? If not, here's what you'll be missing:

  • A delicious spread of African-inspired food & wine/beer pairings
  • Poster programs from our student interns who have visited various African countries on behalf of Western Heads East
  • An inspiring speech from our keynote speaker, Maimuna Kanyamala (Executive Director of Kivulini Women's Rights Organization in Mwanza, Tanzania) discussing the connections between AIDS, poverty and violence against women
  • Musical entertainment from the exceptionally talented, Juno Award winner Donné Roberts
  • An opportunity to taste the exact probiotic yoghurt used to improve the lives of countless African citizens through our program
  • An enticing silent auction featuring countless items from generous sponsors such as VIA Rail, Fairmont Royal York, Toronto International Film Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Labatt Brewery, Johnston's Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery, London Knights, Mariposa Cruises, Royal Ontario Museum, and so many more!

So, what are you waiting for?

Purchase your ticket right now - $55 each or $20 for Western students. Contact Cheryl Briglia at 519-661-3548 or or purchase online:

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February 2012
In the Market for Western Heads East

On March 22, 2012 from 4:00pm - 6:30pm the entire WHE team is excited to host one of our biggest events of the year!

In the Market is an educational event and major celebration of the work and support provided by our local community.

The Great Hall at Western University will be transformed into a lively East African market, complete with delicious food and wine pairings, guest speakers, live musical entertainment and multi-media presentations from our own student interns.

A silent auction will also be featured, including art by African crafters and wonderful packages from generous local sponsors.

Come celebrate the successful women-led, micro-enterprise initiatives utilizing probiotic yoghurt developed by two Western professors. Tickets are $55 per person, $20 for students.

Tickets may be purchased by calling or emailing Cheryl Briglia:
Phone: 519-661-3548 or extension 83548

You may also purchase tickets online by going to the following website:

Thanks for your support, and for celebrating with us again this year!

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December 2011

Event Updates - Frost Week

Mark your calendars for this year's Frost Week event running from January 2 - 8, 2012. Modeled after Shinerama, events will focus on raising money for Western Heads East. Contact your residence representatives for further details.

Spotlight on Western Heads East

This year's Spotlight on WHE will be held on January 20, 2012 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm in the Great Hall. Western Heads East student interns will proudly present displays and pictures in brief poster programs describing the purpose of their journey, and what they accomplished while in Africa. Each student intern will be introduced by their respective faculty advisor.

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November 2011

AIDS Awareness Week Activities

Keep and eye out for Western Heads East Booths in the UCC Atrium as well as rotating around residences the week of November 27th - December 1st 2011 to take part in AIDS Awareness Week. Each booth is interactive and everyone is encouraged to participate to raise awareness of the Global AIDS crisis and Western's Community Response. Local HIV/AIDS issues will be represented by the AIDS committee of London.

Code Red

On Wednesday, November 30th 2011 Western Heads East will be taking over the Spoke through 'Code Red'. This concert event will be headlined by the always entertaining Rick McGhie. Doors open at 9pm sharp, so make sure you're there, this will be one Rick's night you will NOT want to miss!

World AIDS Day Give a Day Campaign

A number of events will be planned aiming at raising awareness about HIV, research, volunteering, and how to make a monetary donation. All proceeds from the events will be donated to Western Heads East to help us make a difference in the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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October 2011
WHE Presents the Amazing Race

Throughout October, each Western residence will be playing the Amazing Race with clues and adventure within their buildings. Students will be signing their teams up in pairs with a soph and a winning team or two will be invited to enter in The Amazing Race - Part II where teams from all residences come together to compete to be the overall winners of the Amazing Race.

As a fundraiser for WHE, each residence team must raise $100 to participate ($150 for two teams). Time bonuses will be awarded to the teams based on the amount of money raised. There are prizes for the top three teams, best costume team, and most spirited team.

In November The Amazing Race - Part II will take place on UC Hill. So get your teams together for this year's Amazing Race!

We are looking for a rep from each residence to help with planning the event in their building. It may be a philanthropy rep on council, or someone interested in the project. For more information or to get involved, contact: Vanessa DaCosta for more information.

Other Ways to Get Involved

The WHE Fundraising and Education Committee will also be organizing and participating in events all over campus to engage students and the Western community. Watch for these events:

  • Volunteer Week
    • Volunteer week: Tuesday October 4th - Thursday October 6th
    • WHE exec will be available to answer questions about first year promoters, general members, etc.
  • Call for Promoters
    • We are looking for a residence promoter from each residence
    • They will be responsible for promoting WHE events within the residences (facebook updates, putting up posters, promoting events at floor meetings, tables in the dining hall, selling tickets, etc.)
    • Applications are due Sunday, October 9th
    • For more information: visit the booth during volunteer week or email
  • WHE First General Meeting
    • Thursday, October 14th @5:00
    • Delaware Formal Lounge
    • EVERYONE is invited!!
    • Will be discussing upcoming events, opportunities to get involved with sub-committees
    • Will also have fun a programming session
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