Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences Young Alumni Award

Jannah Wigle

Jannah Wigle was presented with the 2014 Faculty of Health Sciences Young Alumni Award for her work implementing a maternal and newborn health program in Africa.

About the Award

Who is Eligible?

Nomination Procedure

Previous Award Winners

2014 Recipient: Jannah Wigle

Read about Jannah in Health Sciences Matters magazine.

  • Western Degrees Received: BHSc ’08
  • Was presented the award for her work in Africa implementing maternal and newborn health programs

AWARD CITATION (as read by FHS Dean Jim Weese)

This year’s recipient of the FHS Young Alumni Award has dedicated herself to improving human health around the globe since leaving Western in 2008 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. As a student leader, she was heavily involved in Students’ Council initiatives and helped found the FHS Dream Team, which is dedicated to funding the wishes of children facing life-threatening illnesses.

She has held positions with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and the World Health Organization, and earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. More recently, she spent three years working across Africa to improve maternal health and newborn survival rates. And if that wasn’t enough, just this month she enrolled at the University of Toronto and is pursuing a PhD in social and behavioural health sciences.

It is my privilege to introduce this year’s recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences Young Alumni Award, Jannah Wigle.

2013 Recipient: Tom Cheung

Read about Tom in Western News.

  • Western Degrees Received: BHSc ’07, MD ‘11
  • At the time of the award was an Emergency Room doctor with London Health Sciences Centre
  • Created the Health Sciences Dream Team in 2007 in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a way of making a difference in the lives of children facing life threatening illnesses
    • The first wish granted by the HSDT sent a young teen boy to Hawaii for vacation and a deep sea fishing adventure
  • Engaged in research investigating the “Power of a Wish” and how it helps patients cope and enjoy life to the fullest
  • A “Volunteer Wish Grantor” meaning that he makes a contribution out of his own pocket
  • Served as “Head Soph” for Health Sciences O-Week 2006, which got him a seat with FHS Students’ Council, and thus a platform to present the idea to student council