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February 11, 2014 Awards Office 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.

London, ON N5Y 5R6 To Whom It May Concern: It is my pleasure to write a letter of recommendation for Ms. Priya Das. I have known Priya since September of 2013, and taught several courses in which she was my student. My first impression of Priya was that she was a bright, young professional. She was a strong presenter and carried herself well during presentations. When I challenged her to challenge herself with presentation topics, she did just that and created an informative presentation womens issues and the importance of women as leaders. During conversations surrounding internships, Priya shared her various leadership roles at the University of Windsor, and I was impressed with the sheer number of organizations with which she was involved. When she mentioned interests in law and politics, I knew that I could approach my contact at Harrison Pensa and propose an internship for Priya, certain that she would be a good fit for the organization. My contact decided to hold interviews to make sure of fit and see if there were any other candidates and while they interviewed several students in our program, they chose Priya, because of her poise, excellent communication skills and professionalism. Not only was she the successful candidate for the Harrison Pensa internship, she wanted to take on a second internship in order to gain even more experience in the PR and communications sector, and so was also the successful intern for the London Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the presentations course, I taught Priya a writing course, and she is indeed a very strong writer and eager for constructive feedback to improve her already excellent communication skills. While being originally from Toronto, and having lived for four years in Windsor, Priya immersed herself in the London community in fairly short order by getting involved with Junior Chamber International (JCI) as well as the Liberal Party. She clearly is committed to getting involved in her community and has taken on leadership roles within these two organizations.

The JCI involvement was because of a graduate from our program who spoke to the class (both sections of our program) and to my understanding, Priya is the only one who followed through and attended the networking event the class was invited to attend. She is also one of a handful of students who attended a speaking event at the Canadian Club, - another even the class was invited to attend. She is one of several students who is participating in the Larry Myny Mentorship program. In my teaching experience so far, I dont think Ive seen someone get involved as quickly and with as many organizations and opportunities as Priya has. Priya has exceptional attendance in my classes, and she participates by providing her keen insights while fully respecting any difference in opinions expressed by her classmates. With her skills, marked determination and desire to take on new challenges and opportunities, I have no doubt Priya will be a successful Fanshawe College and CC&PR alumna and that she will make a meaningful contribution to her community wherever she lives. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my recommendation or abut Priya. Sincerely

Jackie Westelaken, MA Program Coordinator Corporate Communication and Public Relations jwestelaken@fanashwec.ca 519-452-4430 ext. 4552