In Memoriam: Brooke Blackmon

Brooke BlackmonThe Western community is mourning the passing of Brooke Blackmon, who passed away from an unexpected brain bleed that occurred on April 3, 2021. Brooke was a first-year student studying in the School of Kinesiology (Faculty of Health Sciences) and living in residence.

Western extends its condolences to Brooke’s family including her parents, Natalie and Evan Blackmon, her brother Josh, and the wider circle of extended family, friends and classmates. Western’s flag will be at half-mast on April 8 to honour her memory and place in Western’s community. Anyone wishing to share condolences, memories, pictures, and tributes can do so by visiting the memorial website created for Brooke. Her obituary can be read here.

Western reminds its campus community that counselling services are available to assist studentsfaculty and staff.

  • Priority grief support counselling appointments are available for Western students who knew Brooke by contacting Health and Wellness. Please call 519-661-3030 to book a virtual counselling appointment indicating that you are seeking support related to the loss of a friend, classmate, or floormate.

Additional wellness resources also available include:

Office Hours

Based on the current situation, and in order to protect the health of students and staff, we have made adjustments to the way our office is operating. The School of Kinesiology Office is open Monday-Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a limited number of staff members on site each day. All visitors to the office are required to wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose. We ask that anyone requiring a meeting - either face-to-face or virtual - please contact the appropriate individual to arrange an appointment as our ability to manage drop-in appointments is limited. For information about office hours for our Schools and administrative units, please consult their websites.

Undergraduate students requiring an appointment with an academic counsellor should visit the Academic Counselling page on this website.

Graduate students needing support should email or

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay- wuk) and Attawandaron (Add-a-won-da-run) peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society.