In February 2013, a group of alumni discussed the potential of having their chapter return to the University of Western Ontario campus. On Saturday, November 30, the first colonization at a Canadian university in over five years took place. These proud alumni watched as Phi Delta Theta welcomed back the Ontario Beta Colony and saw the first step in their chapter’s return.
The mood was cheerful as the colony members heard the words of their alumni, including their Bond #1 Ron Walenius, as well as those of other nearby chapters. Stephen Price, the colony’s Chapter Advisory Board Chairman, had this to say; “We have a great group of young, passionate, energetic professionals to take the reigns of re-starting Ontario Beta at Western. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of them to see what they can accomplish.”
The colony members were honored to receive their colony pins. When given the chance to speak, they spoke of their thanks to the alumni that have supported them and their hopes for their prosperity in the coming years.
This was best summed up in the words from Jacob Young, the colony’s president; “This year, we began the reestablishment of PDT at The University of Western Ontario. With a strong Greek presence on campus already, we were excited to get started at making our mark in the community. Now, with our colonization complete, we stand strong with a fantastic group of core gentleman that are working tirelessly to solidify PDT’s place at Western. As President, I have the pleasure of working with everyone closely, and I am thrilled with the quality, caliber and commitment that our group has to offer. It has become absolutely apparent to me that becoming a Phi Delt is so much more than the stereotype “frat boy.” PDT puts a strong emphasis on morals, community, philanthropy and leadership. I am honoured to be associated with the gentlemen and values of PDT. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this amazing Fraternity and look forward to what a future with PDT brings.”