U of G President to Discuss Change, BetterPlanet Project With Community

March 18, 2013 - News Release

It takes a village to create change and to make a better planet. That’s the topic of a talk to be given by University of Guelph president Alastair Summerlee March 25 at the Village of Arbour Trails.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) It’s sponsored by the Village of Arbour Trails, a retirement, assisted-care and memory-care centre located in the Village by the Arboretum.

Summerlee will discuss U of G’s BetterPlanet Project. The $200-million fundraising campaign aims to improve the quality of life here and around the world by focusing on the University’s strengths in food, environment, health and community.

He will also discuss his own humanitarian efforts. He has worked to improve access to education for girls and women in the Dadaab famine refugee camp in Kenya and chaired the World University Service of Canada, a leading international development agency.

During the event, Don O'Leary, vice-president (finance and administration), will discuss the University's campus master plan.

Eighteen months in the making, the plan reflects recent changes on campus. It includes a vision for the University community to follow as the campus grows and changes, and specific decision-making guidelines for planners and administrators.

The new master plan was approved by the Board of Governors in February.

Originally completed in 1964, the master plan has been updated about every five years. The last review was in 2002.

To register for this talk, email eventrsvp@uoguelph.ca or call 1-888-266-3108.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Kevin Gonsalves, Ext. 56982, kgonsalves@uoguelph.ca

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