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New Executive Director for Foundation Western; Battle Lecture Series and Special Olympics Presentation

November 6, 2006

London, ON. - The following items from The University of Western Ontario may be OF INTEREST.

New Executive Director for Foundation Western

Frank Pyka has been named Executive Director at Foundation Western effective January 1, 2007.

Pyka has been the Director of Finance at the London Community Foundation since 2000. Prior to that, he was employed by London Life for more than fifteen years in the investment management and related systems area.

A member of the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario, Pyka has been an instructor in the Not-For-Profit Management program at Continuing Studies at Western since 2004.

Pyka takes over from Jim Bristow, who is retiring after 19 years as Foundation Western's Executive Director.

"On behalf of the Foundation Western Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Frank as our new Executive Director. His experience at the London Community Foundation and London Life will serve us well," says Ron Potter, President of Foundation Western. "We also want to wish Jim Bristow well in his retirement. His commitment to the Foundation has been outstanding and we thank him for his years of dedicated service."

Foundation Western is an incorporated charitable public foundation, committed to building, maintaining and managing a strong alumni endowment for The University of Western Ontario. It is governed by a 12-person Board of Directors, all of whom are Western alumni. The Foundation currently holds more than $100 million in endowed funds.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit or contact Kathryn Lamb, Grants and Communications Officer, at 519-661-2111 ext. 88817 or

Helen Battle Lecture Series

Western's Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS) presents its first speaker in the Helen Battle Lecture Series for the 2006-2007 academic year TONIGHT, Monday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 116m, Biology & Geology Building.

Professor Brock Fenton (Department of Biology) will present "Taking off with Bats" to undergraduates and other interested members of the Western and London community. Fenton's research involves different aspects of the biology of bats including morphology, social organization and foraging behaviour.

Battle had a long and highly-distinguished career at Western and was the first woman in Canada to earn a PhD in marine biology. She died in 1994 at the age of 90.

For more information, contact Media Relations Officer Jeff Renaud at 519-661-2111 ext. 85165,

Special Olympics Presentation

Deborah Bright, President and CEO of Special Olympics Canada and a Western alumna, will deliver a lecture entitled, "Special Olympics Canada: Future and Fundamentals" Friday, November 10, 9:30 a.m. in Room 3101, Thames Hall.

Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a national not-for-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for 31,000 athletes of all ages and abilities.

For more information, contact Darwin Semotiuk at 519-661-2111 ext. 83088,



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