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June 1 , 2010

Honoured Brescia alumna returns to London to address Congress of Black Women

Marlene MacleishLondon, ON – Distinguished Brescia alumna Dr. Marlene MacLeish (’68) will return to London to inspire women leaders at the Leaving a Footprint Annual Scholarship Awards and Dinner Dance, hosted by the Congress of Black Women – London Chapter, on June 12.

The event raises funds to support awards granted by the Congress, including the Dr. Marlene MacLeish Award, which is given to a part-time or full-time student at Brescia University College who demonstrates interest in community service to the African Canadian community. This award is named to honour MacLeish’s leadership and accomplishments as a member of the African Canadian community. She is currently a professor of Medical Education at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

MacLeish will inspire her audience by addressing, “Reaching for the Stars: Leaving a Legacy of Excellence and Service for the Next Generation.” For more information about this event, please go to

During her visit to London, MacLeish will also be attending a cocktail reception hosted by Tina Bax, President of CultureWorks. As a past recipient of Brescia’s Carmelle Murphy Alumna Award of Distinction Award, it is fitting that MacLeish will speak about “How Brescia Shaped My Future.”

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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at

For more information, please contact:

Alison Vilaca
Development Officer
519.432.8353, ext. 28446