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On the disaster in Asia..

Monday, January 3, 2005

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Written by uoguelph.ca

On behalf of the entire University of Guelph community, I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the devastating events in South and Southeast Asia and East Africa.

Our community joins with the millions of people around the world mourning the unprecedented loss of human life, and our thoughts are with the families whose loved ones are still missing.

It is encouraging to see how many individuals and countries have responded decisively to this cataclysmic crisis. Foreign Affairs Canada has compiled a list of ways Canadians can help, and I encourage people to explore how they may contribute to these relief programs.

At this time, we have not been informed that any members of the University community have been directly affected by this catastrophe. We will continue to work to determine if any students, faculty, staff or alumni are in the devastated areas, and I am asking anyone with such information to contact me at

As well, Foreign Affairs Canada has set up a toll-free hotline, 1-800-606-5499, for Canadians trying to reach relatives or friends in this region.

It is our hope that the massive groundswell of compassion and relief efforts will reach those most in need as rapidly as possible. Our thoughts are with all those affected.


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