Campus Digest: Western student shoots, scores as Memorial Cup guardian

By Communications Staff
June 05, 2014

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Justin O’Halloran, a fourth-year Kinesiology, served as ‘Guardian of the Memorial Cup,’ escorting the historic, 95-year-old trophy around the city during the annual event.

Justin O’Halloran likely did more cleaning last month than he had in his entire life. But when your job was ‘Guardian of the Memorial Cup,’ you make sure the historic, 95-year-old trophy was looking its best.

With London hosting the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, which wrapped up May 25 with the championship game at Budweiser Gardens, O’Halloran seized an opportunity to get involved.

Part of his fourth-year Kinesiology program included a field placement. In December, CSTT Sport Management, the company responsible for organizing the Memorial Cup, posted an internship opportunity on its website.

“The job was described as developing a community tour; the CHL had expressed interest in bringing the Memorial Cup to locations throughout London and the surrounding community,” said O’Halloran, who graduates next week  with a BA in Kinesiology (Honours Specialization in Sport Management).

“Throughout the semester, I was working with various parties throughout the city in regards to this community tour. And due to the amount of time I would be spending with The Cup during the community tour, the CHL decided I would be the dedicated guardian of the Memorial Cup. This role really snowballed quickly.”

The tourney was a whirlwind of activities for O’Halloran, who worked non-stop showcasing the Memorial Cup across the city. 

“(The tournament) has been an amazing experience – such a joy to bring the Memorial Cup around the city,” he said. “I have had a lot of fun and met a lot of amazing people. I have been able to check out a couple of the games from the back of house at the Budweiser Gardens, but I am often exhausted after a long day of running around the city.”

The Memorial Cup was proposed by Capt. James T. Sutherland during the First World War as a memorial to remember the OHA’s players who died during the war. When the trophy was created, it was dedicated in honour of the soldiers who died fighting for Canada in the war. During the 2010 tournament, the trophy was rededicated to honour all soldiers who died fighting for Canada in any conflict.

“I take great pride in being able to share the Memorial Cup with the citizens of London, while also being able to inform people about its significance,” he said. “You would be surprised how few people know about why the Memorial Cup exists, and its relation to the Canadian military.”

The role of ‘guardian’ also has its nuances, O’Halloran added. The Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame is particular about how The Cup is handled. In fact, he is not allowed to personally polish the cup, but “I do like to give it a good cleaning with a dry cloth.”

O’Halloran called his Memorial Cup experience an “absolute honour.”

“If I could give any advice to current Western students, or recent graduates, it would be to get out there and volunteer your time,” he said. “These events do not come along very often, but when they do, it is very important to get out there and make your name known. I have networked extensively throughout the duration of my time with the Memorial Cup, and I am certain these connections will lead to bigger and better things.” 


Dan Alferov, a Grade 11 student who works with Western postdoctoral scholars Li-Ann Leow and Lars Strother at the Brain and Mind Institute (BMI), won the first place $2,500 Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology Award, at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In exciting work crossing the fields of visual perception and music, the AB Lucas Secondary School student showed the perception of facial emotions is sensitive to changes in the individual's emotional state induced by music.

“He is an amazing young high school student,” said Mel Goodale, BMI director

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Maybe you need to discover what the world has to offer.

The Western Staff International Exchange Program supports international professional development opportunities for regular full-time staff at Western – offering them the opportunity to broaden their professional perspectives through global job-shadowing experiences. 

During these two-to-six-week experiences, participants will develop and share professional skills with employees at participating host institutions. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to select departments within host institutions that either offer the opportunity to develop their current skill set in their current field or a new skill set in a different-but-related field.

Participants will travel to one of Western’s partner institutions outside of Canada. Host institutions are selected from a pre-determined list of partners in Australia, China/Hong Kong, France, Germany, Kenya, The Netherlands, Rwanda, South Korea, Tanzania or the United Kingdom.

Each approved participant will be supported to a maximum of $5,000 to help with costs for economy air travel, required ground transportation, accommodation, meal per diems and immigration/visa costs. 

Personal funding or additional financial support may be required.

Applications for travel between Nov. 1 and April 30, 2015 are due by July 31. Applications for travel between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016 are due by Dec. 31.

Visit the program website,, for details.

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Campus Community Police Service (CCPS) will host its annual found property sale from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, June 5 in the Support Services Building (SSB), room 2390. Proceeds from the sale benefit the CCPS Bike Unit as well as several sponsored charities.

Campus police will also hold a bicycle sale this spring. The date has yet to be determined.

All prices are fixed; there will be no silent auction this year.

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Saher Fazilat has been named executive director, Facilities Development and Engineering. She begins June 16. Since 2008, Fazilat has served as division head of new construction and major renovations for the Town of Oakville. Prior to that role, she was a project manager for the City of Toronto for eight years.

This story originally appeared in the June 5, 2014 edition of Western News.


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