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Western News | September 30, 2010

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Alumni Award of Merit, Dr. Ivan Smith Award recipient 2010

Meighen provides something ‘right’ for Western.

Kelly Meighen says she is sure she was the last student Western let in through the gates in 1968.

“I really struggled through high school and getting into Western was really big for me,” says Meighen, who attended Huron University College. “I completed my degree in psychology, and I learned who I was as an independent individual. But I still didn’t have a robust view of what I could accomplish – and here we are today – something right must have happened along the way.”

Meighen is the recipient of this year’s Dr. Ivan Smith Award, Alumni Western’s highest tribute, presented to an outstanding individual in recognition of their sustained and significant contributions to the Alumni Association, Western and society.

Daughter of Western’s first Dean of Engineering (Richard Dillon), Meighen grew up in London. After attaining her degree from Western, she went on to work for the Ontario Government, General Foods Inc., Beech, Shepell & Associates and finally, in 1994, she took on the role of president of the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

Since 1977, Meighen has been very involved in volunteering in her community. Today, she lives in Toronto and is a member of Western’s Board of Governors, T.R. Meighen Family Foundation, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Evergreen at the Brickworks and Upper Canada College.

Additionally, she is a past member of the board with Sancta Maria House, Mabin School, The Wellesley Hospital, Mount Allison University and Writer’s Development Trust of Canada.

Through her association with the Board of Governors, Meighen was involved in the deliberations for hiring Western’s new president, Amit Chakma. “Being a part of the process to find Western’s new leader was such a privilege,” she says. “I feel I have had a hand in shaping the future of this university.”

Meighen call it is an honour to devote her time to volunteer commitments and organizations she is passionate about and is thrilled with what the T.R. Meighen Foundation has been able to accomplish in supporting organizations throughout Ontario (including Western), Quebec and in New Brunswick.

“Kelly has continued to zealously uphold the family tradition of lifelong support for Western as a benefactor, champion and Board of Governors member serving on a variety of committees,” says Robert Collins, from his nomination letter. “Kelly serves Western and the community with dedication and compassion.”

Meighen says she is most proud of what she and her husband, Sen. Michael Meighen, have done in raising their three sons - Ted, Hugh and Max.

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