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St. Lawrence College recognizes donors with celebration and building dedication

2013-10-02, 10:43 AM

CORNWALL – St. Lawrence College has invited donors, students, and staff to join them in a celebration of The Difference We Make campaign, which has secured $3.6 million in donations to date, more than 80 per cent of its goal of $4.5 million.  

The celebration will take place Friday, October 4 at St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus, where donors will meet with students and tour the revitalized campus. The campaign supported the cost of construction of 20 renovated and expanded classrooms, new chemistry, physics and paramedic labs, a new nursing simulation lab, student services, athletics community meeting room, and a complete overhaul of the buildings mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. 

New academic programming in support of the emerging supply chain and logistics sector in the Cornwall region has also been introduced with the support of donor gifts to the campaign. In addition, The Benson Automotive Training Centre was dedicated as part of the campaign.

“The campaign has received incredible support from staff, students, alumni, employers of our graduates, members of the community, and friends of the College,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College.  “As a college, our focus is student success, and the funds raised through The Difference We Make campaign will have a direct and positive impact on our students in many ways, including student bursaries and state-of-the-art learning labs and facilities.”

St. Lawrence College, together with the St. Lawrence College Foundation, will recognize supporters with a donor wall and the dedication of the new Moulinette Hall atrium as Cornwall Place – Place Cornwall in recognition of the support received from Cornwall City Council on behalf of the citizens of Cornwall.

The City of Cornwall contributed $1 million to the campaign. A portion of the City’s gift served to create 12 student bursaries for Cornwall residents studying at the College each year. The student awards are funded through an endowment for this purpose. The College’s dedication of the new Moulinette Hall atrium aims to honor the positive relationship between St. Lawrence College and the City of Cornwall and Cornwall community.

“St. Lawrence College is an important part of our community, and an integral part in our strategy to see Cornwall continue to grow and prosper. The City of Cornwall is pleased to have played a small role in the revitalization of the Cornwall campus, for an investment in the College is really an investment in our future,” said Mayor Bob Kilger, The City of Cornwall.

The Difference We Make campaign Co-Chairs are two St. Lawrence College alumni, Terry Landon, Class of ‘72 and Peter Gault, Class of ‘76. They helped lead a campaign community that was dedicated to the success of the campaign.

"The College is very grateful to the donors, volunteers, staff, and students who have contributed towards our campaign. Raising more than  $3.6 million so far has helped us ensure that we have an improved learning environment and support for our current and future students," said Don Fairweather, Cornwall Campus Dean, St. Lawrence College. 

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About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.